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Quarter 1 Newsletter 2021

24 March 2021


IS0 9001:2015 certification

By successfully completing the annual surveillance audit of our facility in March 2021, we have maintained our certification to ISO 9001. This means that our quality management system continues to demonstrate its ability to provide services that consistently meet customer and regulatory requirements. We remain the only UK Multi-Core Facility to have this accreditation, supporting both our Cardiff University and external customers.

Maybe you are a Cardiff University colleague looking for advice on working to this standard? Or maybe you are a business interested in contract work we can do for you to this standard? Feel free to contact us at to find out more.

We are open!

Please note that we are fully open for all Cardiff University researchers who have permission to work on campus. The only additional advance measure that is required is for you to contact one of the Central Biotechnology Services (CBS) team to be briefed and reassured on CBS COVID-19 secure working practices. These measures are very similar to those being used in all laboratories across the School of Medicine. Please refer to our website for contact details or be in touch with Ian Brewis at Ian is also happy to advise on the best contacts for accessing other School and College facilities if you are at all unsure.

We are also open for business for external work where this work is permitted within the COVID-19 guidelines. We encourage external businesses to continue to contact us at about our services. Thank you.

Biacore SPR Symposium 2021

Register for our virtual half day Biacore SPR Symposium on 20 April 2021 (13:30-16:30). Find out how Biacore SPR (Surface Plasmon Resonance) can work for your research and how to design your own SPR assays to run on the Biacore T200 here at CBS.

Without the need for labels, Biacore assays provide information on affinity, kinetics, and specificity of molecular interactions. The symposium will be open to people from both inside and outside Cardiff University and will be suitable for both beginners and experienced users. It will include presentations by Cytiva to introduce the technology and practicalities, and talks by Biacore users to demonstrate the breadth of applications this technology can be used for.

We look forward to you joining us.

High dimensional flow cytometry

We are very excited that our new BD FACSymphonyTM A3 Cell Analyzer has arrived. We can quote for funding applications using this instrument now and anticipate offering managed services from May 2021, with user access for experienced flow users shortly after this. This instrument has been funded through RIF (Research Infrastructure Fund). This high-dimensional flow cytometer will give researchers access to a very powerful new analytical technique that enables them to identify and analyse distinctive phenotypes in heterogeneous populations of cells and allows maximal data to be derived from samples that contain only very limited numbers of cells. Our new instrument will have a 5 laser configuration (including a UV laser) and the ability to measure 30 parameters with 96/384 plate capability. More information about technical information. Contact us at if you have any questions.

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