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Quarter 4 Newsletter 2021

17 December 2021

2021 celebration

Highlights of 2021

Our highlights of 2021 include maintaining our certification to ISO 9001, being reaccredited for Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP), undertaking a wide range of managed service work and adding two new technologies to our range.Read on to find out more!

New technologies in Central Biotechnology Services

Our BD FACSymphony™ A3 Cell Analyzer is set up and ready to be used.  This powerful instrument offers 30 parameters across five lasers, enabling the use of new dyes with improved brightness and spillover characteristics. The ability to develop panels for broader phenotyping, more intense interrogation of cellular subsets and improved panels with higher resolution allows researchers to drive deeper scientific insights. Contact us to discuss how you can access this technology to support your research.

The Nanostring nCounter Analysis System is now also installed and the key contacts have been trained. This technology will be offered to you both via user access and as a managed service. Look out for information about training sessions coming soon and do contact us if you have any questions about this exciting technology in the meantime.

Quality Management

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 users and external customers.

Following a successful remote audit in July, we are proud to announce that we have been reaccredited until July 2023 for Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP). This accreditation complements our ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Looking forward to 2022...

We continue to encourage Cardiff University researchers and external businesses to contact us about our services and quality management advice.

Thank you to all of you who have attended the many technical webinars and workshops in 2021. It has been great to see so much active participation in our wide range of virtual events including our Gene Expression workshops, flow cytometry webinars and Biacore training events.

We will continue to schedule courses, some free and some on a cost recovery basis, to support researchers as much as we can. Please continue to check our website and follow us on Twitter for details of upcoming events, many of these being open to both internal and external researchers... some below to whet your appetite!

Flow Cytometry webinars

Dr Graham Bottley from InCytometry will be giving the following webinars on 14th, 15th and 16th February:

Click on the links above for more details and to register.

These webinars have a charge of £25 to cover the costs (invoiced afterwards). Remember that one on one consultancy from InCytometry to Cardiff University researchers remains free. Contact Graham directly for flow cytometry support.

RNAseq Informatics workshop

Dr Sumukh Deshpande will be holding a four day RNAseq workshop on 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th February for Cardiff University researchers. This RNAseq Informatics workshop caters for biologists with NO computing skills and will teach the entire end-to-end process from the files given by the sequencing facility to gene lists of differentially expression genes.

This course will be held face-to-face on the Heath site and has a charge of £150 to cover the costs.

Please click here to apply to join this course.

Protecting and commercialising the outcomes of your research

Click here to watch a very informative webinar by Rhian North and Carly Bliss from Cardiff University given to the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (BSGCT) last month. All those legal terms explained!

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