Quarter 4 Newsletter 2019
18 December 2019
Reflecting on our activities in 2019
Looking back over 2019 we are very pleased to have quoted for over 130 internal and external projects. This led to us undertaking work for very many researchers internally across Cardiff University and externally in Life Science businesses. Many of these researchers were new to CBS in 2019 and included several Cardiff University research groups and important healthcare sector companies.
We are also proud to have trained many researchers in 2019, with over 60 researchers attending our Flow Cytometry courses, over 30 attending our Bioinformatics training course and over 40 attending both our Gene Expression and Multicolour Flow Cytometry workshops with ThermoFisher and BD respectively.
Please continue to check our website for details of upcoming courses, many of these being open to both internal and external researchers.
We are pleased that Tara Halliday joined our team in July as our new Administrative Officer.
Our Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) accreditation
A highlight of 2019 was gaining our Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) accreditation, the perfect complement to our ISO 9001:2015 certification.
GCLP is an established international quality system for laboratories that analyse samples from clinical trials in accordance with global Good Clinical Practice (GCP) regulations, ensuring the quality and reliability of the clinical trial data generated by the laboratory. Find out more about this accreditation.
This accreditation enables us to increase our work to support both internal and external clinical trials. Charlotte James, our Manager and Quality Lead, is very involved in giving consultancy on both accreditations to other groups within Cardiff University. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss how we can help you in this field.
The quality system for laboratories that analyse samples from clinical trials in accordance with global Good Clinical Practice (GCP) regulations, ensuring the quality and reliability of the clinical trial data generated by the laboratory. Find out more about this accreditation.
We have been busy exhibiting and learning throughout 2019
Since our previous newsletter in September, we have continued to promote Central Biotechnology Services and Cardiff University and to learn about new technologies and trends in this sector by exhibiting and attending conferences and courses across the UK and beyond.
These included the Global Engage Immuno-oncology and Oxford Global Gene Editing congresses in London, the Festival of Biologics conference and NGS-Single-cell RNA-Seq Analysis course in Switzerland, the flowcytometryUK meeting in Cambridge, the Ideagen Horizons 2019 conference in Birmingham and the UKHealthTech conference in Cardiff. It was great that our Flow Technologist Ann Kift-Morgan secured a place on the high profile EMBO Practical Course on High-End Cell Sorting in Heidelberg to further her specialist knowledge.
Looking forward to 2020
2020 will certainly be very busy too... look out for us in January at The Festival of Genomics in London and RMS Flow Cytometry meeting and in February at Oxford Global Biomarkers Series UK conference in Manchester.
Remember to come and talk to our team of scientific experts to get advice on topics including experimental design, maximising experimental reproducibility, sample preparation and data analysis... we are here to help you!
We thank you for your support in 2019 and look forward to working with you all in 2020. In the meantime, we wish you all a very happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.