DON WHITLEY SCIENTIFIC – THE LEADING INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIER TO THE MICROBIOLOGY AND TISSUE CULTURE INDUSTRIES


Contact Us +44 (0) 1274 595728 sales@dwscientific.co.uk

Follow Don Whitley Scientific

News

Hypoxystation range video

New Whitley Hypoxystation Video Launched

Don Whitley Scientific are proud to present a new video that showcases our wide range of Whitley Hypoxic Workstations. The video also features comments from renowned researchers, explaining how a Whitley Hypoxystation benefits their research.

The video is another addition to a growing YouTube channel which features similar videos showcasing our wide product range and company values, including anaerobic and microaerobic workstations, customer testimonials, an introduction to Don Whitley Scientific and the level of service on offer for our customers.

 

 


Researchers featured in this video
Dr Karen Wright – Dr Karen Wright uses a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation in the cell culture laboratory at Lancaster University to expedite a component of her research, namely culturing human gut cells at low physiological levels of oxygen. – Testimonial in full

Dr Michael Cross – Dr Cross and his group use their H35 HEPA Hypoxystation to test cardiovascular drug toxicity in a cardiac spheroid model under physiologically relevant oxygen tensions and also periods of extreme hypoxia/ischemia. – Testimonial in full

 

Click here to explore the full range of Whitley Hypoxystations

 



Contact our sales team for more information on 01274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk. For the full range of Whitley products, visit our website at www.dwscientific.co.uk


analytica logo

Don Whitley Scientific at Analytica

This week, Don Whitley Scientific are in Munich with German subsidiary Meintrup DWS Laborgerate to exhibit at the 26th Analytica Conference. Analytica is an international trade fair for laboratory technology, combining all aspects of modern analysis employed in industry and research.

Don Whitley Scientific and Meintrup are exhibiting a wide range of products on their exhibition stand at this event. This includes the Whitley WASP Touch and Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation. Also on the stand is the Whitley Interactive Product Presentation, which guides users through a virtual lab of Don Whitley Scientific products.

If you’re at Analytica – look for stand number 410 in Hall B1.

Analytica 2018

WASPLab

New Segregation Software a Success for Leeds WASPLab

For several years, Don Whitley Scientific have been installing WASP and WASPLab units in locations around the UK. Locations that include Leeds General Infirmary, PHE Public Health Laboratory in Manchester and Blackburn Royal Hospital. Though the set-up and configuration of the systems differ (due to the modularity of WASP and WASPLab), all installations have provided an increase in efficiency and productivity in routine microbiology work. The WASPLab laboratory at Leeds have recently started using new segregation software, offering increased efficiency.

WASPLab is the sophisticated, barcode-driven, microbiology specimen processor and work-up system, moving samples from front end processing to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital microbiology. It has been long thought that bacteriology was the last bastion of traditional manual techniques but the way in which plates are read and interpreted changes dramatically with the use of WASP and WASPLab.

 

New Segregation Software

The WASPLab at Leeds General Infirmary was the first WASPLab Don Whitley Scientific and manufacturer Copan installed in the UK. The WASPLab at Leeds is one of the largest configurations of the system in the UK and they continue to make further improvements, such as new segregation software to separate negative MRSA results from the positive samples (Blackburn Royal Hospital will also be processing MSRA samples). The impressive software allows the laboratory worker to report 300 negative samples within a minute and a half, offering incredible levels of efficiency.

Copan continue to provide automated solutions for laboratories around the world. Don Whitley Scientific are proud to work with Copan, installing WASP and WASPLab systems in the UK.

 


If you would like more information on WASPLab or any other product in the Don Whitley Scientific product range, please call +44 (0) 1274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk


 

Clostridium difficile studies can be done in a Whitley Workstation

Hypoxic Snapshot Analysis in a 3D Engineered Tumour Scaffold

Researchers have long exposed 2 dimensional cells to varying degrees of hypoxia, often found in the tumour microenvironment. This can be great for showing overall hypoxic protein expression, but fails to account for cell to cell interactions, tissue gradients, and metabolic reprogramming. To more closely mimic in vivo conditions, a 3D culture environment is necessary. While 3D culture is nothing new, Rodenhizer et al in their paper “A three-dimensional engineered tumour for spatial snapshot analysis of cell metabolism and phenotype in hypoxic gradients” found a novel way to culture in a 3D environment while maintaining the ability to perform analyses that only function in 2D. These ingenious authors did all of this in their Hypoxystation by Don Whitley Scientific. They were able to analyse and map cellular metabolism and spatially identify known and novel metabolic response to hypoxia.

The team took carcinoma cells and seeded them onto a novel rolled scaffold system the authors termed “TRACER”. They exposed the scaffold to varying degrees of hypoxia, down to as low as 0.2% O2. After incubation they unrolled the 3D scaffold and started analysis to create a metabolic snapshot of the tumour. They found the 3D scaffold tumours displayed different concentrations of metabolites as compared to 2D tumour cells, implying cell to cell interactions plays a role in tumour metabolism, depending on the depth of the cell in the scaffold. The future of cancer research will be shaped by this innovative technique and oxygen control plays an important role with use of the Hypoxystation.

single layer TRACER

Image from Nature Materials Supplementary Information, “A Three-dimensional engineered tumour for spatial snapshot analysis of cell metabolism phenotype in hypoxic gradients”

 

The Don Whitley Scientific Hypoxystation is ideal for many applications, as it can control oxygen down to 0.1% while providing a temperature and humidity controlled environment with ample working space. ISO class 3 clean room HEPA filtration is also available for long term cell culture applications.

Professor Tom Riley Lab

30 Year Commitment for Professor Tom Riley

Professor Tom Riley from Pathwest Laboratory Medicine and The University of Western Australia has been a committed Don Whitley Scientific customer for over 30 years. In the past few years he has installed two A35 Anaerobic Workstations into his lab to replace a Whitley MK III Workstation that had given him over 20 years of reliable performance.

Professor Riley started using anaerobic workstations over 30 years ago when the capacity and time consuming operation of jar gassing systems was deemed unsuitable for the number of samples he had. Tom explained to Don Whitley Scientific how he came to use Whitley Workstations. “My original anaerobic chamber from a manufacturer in Australia (that doesn’t exist anymore) was hopeless.”. The next option for Professor Riley was a Whitley MKIII Anaerobic Workstation, which served his lab for over 20 years, and was the first Whitley Anaerobic Workstation in Australia. His two Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstations currently play a part in work that Professor Riley explains as “almost exclusively research into Clostridium difficile. This includes everything from diagnostics to pathogenesis and epidemiology”.

Although the MK III provided a reliable anaerobic environment for such a long time in Professor Riley’s lab, there are new benefits provided by the A35 Anaerobic Workstation that Tom finds particularly useful, such as the Instant Access Porthole System and Letterbox entry. The Instant Access Porthole System is unique to DWS, allowing entry to the chamber in seconds without the need of gloves or sleeves. Letterbox entry allows the user to introduce Petri dishes and similar small items into the anaerobic workstation environment in no time at all. As aforementioned, Tom also needed extra capacity to process a large number of samples. Compared to using the MKIII or anaerobic jars, the main chamber of an A35 Anaerobic Workstation will accommodate between 400-600 x 90mm Petri dishes depending on whether plate carriers are used, which accessories and system options have been incorporated and how much working space is required.

The space and reliability provided by Whitley Workstations has served Professor Tom Riley well for over three decades now. He is part of a long list of satisfied Whitley Workstation users around the world, who are all doing fantastic work with Don Whitley Scientific products.


 

Recent papers from the Riley lab are listed below

 

 

yaa

Yorkshire Air Ambulance – Chosen Charity for 2018

Each year, Don Whitley Scientific staff choose a charity to donate funds to during the calendar year. After holding a vote involving many different charities, the majority of DWS staff voted for Yorkshire Air Ambulance for our 2018 charity. Yorkshire Air Ambulance was established in 2000 and has developed into a sophisticated emergency service that provides state-of-the-art emergency medical care throughout Yorkshire. Yorkshire has a vast topography that not only includes remote, rural and densely populated areas but also includes major motorways and road networks such as the M62, M1, A1 and M18. Don Whitley Scientific was established in West Yorkshire, making this a fitting choice for this year’s charity.

In 2017 Don Whitley Scientific donated funds for a girl named Isabelle Barnett, who suffers from Rett syndrome, a rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder that affects the way the brain develops, causing a progressive inability to use muscles for eye and body movements and speech. We managed to raise £3,806 which according to Isabelle’s parents, should enable the purchase of a special ‘goto’ seat, a chair for the bath and a standing frame. All staff worked hard at raising funds by supporting cake sales, staff lunches, various seasonal raffles and supplying fantastic recipes for a Cookery book which sold extremely well. Many of our suppliers were also extremely generous in donating great prizes for our big Christmas Raffle.

Biomedical Scientist_Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes Course

Don Whitley Scientific Product Sale

We have decided to sell off some quality, refurbished laboratory equipment at crazy prices as we don’t want to move it to our new premises. Take advantage of these up to half price savings, whilst stocks last in the Don Whitley Scientific Product Sale


Whitley H45 Hypoxystation – Contact us for a very special price

Ex-demo model in full working order. Includes internal power socket, data logging and a one year warranty.


Whitley A85 Anaerobic Workstation – Only £22,000

Second hand but fully refurbished. Comes with a massive 30 litre airlock.


Masterclave 09 Media Preparator – Only £7,500

Desktop media prep capable of producing 100 x 90ml dilution broths or 530 x 17ml agar plates.

WASP 2 Spiral Plater – Only £6,000
Offers a real reduction in the cost per test and standardises counting methods.

APS One Pourer Stacker – Only £18,000
Ex-demo compact automated Petri dish filling and distribution system able to process 800 plates (18ml) in one hour.

 

 

All these products are fully refurbished; come with an original User Manual; have been fully tested by our in-house service and production engineers; include a one year warranty; and will entitle the purchaser to a warranty visit after 10 months. You will also be able to take advantage of a comprehensive maintenance contract to prolong the life of your investment.

Offer applies to UK customers only.



Contact our sales team for more information on 01274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk. For the full range of Whitley products, see our website at www.dwscientific.co.uk


Clinical microbiology at the IBMS

Practical & Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes Course 2018

A 2 day residential course delivered by The UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff

14-15 June 2018

Is it time to refresh your knowledge on the culturing, identification and clinical importance of anaerobes?

Do your staff want to learn from experts about the latest technologies and techniques?

• Recognised by the IBMS & RCPath CPD approved (11 credits)
• Invaluable preparation for FRCPath

Only 20 places available. 

Cost: £375 + VAT (£355 + VAT for SAM members) which includes: one night’s accommodation at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff, all meals and refreshments plus dinner on 14th June.


Feedback from previous delegates has been very positive with the majority rating it ‘excellent’ overall. Participants particularly enjoyed the friendly and informative course atmosphere with comments including:

“The course was brilliant and really informative. Staff were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly”

“I really liked the practical sessions and was very impressed with the lectures”

“I have acquired new and improved knowledge to take back to my laboratory”

“The mix of lectures and lab practicals added variety and interest”

“Great course, will be recommending to fellow colleagues”

 


For more information and a preliminary program, please visit the Don Whitley Scientific website
www.dwscientific.co.uk/practicalmicrobiologycourse/

To reserve your place on the Anaerobes course, please contact:
Deborah Robinson at Don Whitley Scientific Limited on 01274 595728/sales@dwscientific.co.uk
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

PaCMan Course 2017

PaCMan Course 2017

blackburn wasp

WASP and A55 Anaerobic Workstation installed at Royal Blackburn Hospital

Royal Blackburn Hospital recently made some key improvements to their laboratory. The installation of both the Walk Away Specimen Processor (WASP) and the Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation will increase efficiency and productivity in their routine microbiology and MRSA work.

WASP is an automated specimen processing system that can be connected to a laboratory’s LIS. Previously Don Whitley Scientific has installed WASP™ systems under the guidance of Copan, the system’s manufacturer. This installation and connection to the LIS was carried out solely by Don Whitley Scientific, providing a solution in automation for this busy lab.

The department at Royal Blackburn Hospital will use the system to process MRSA samples alongside other routine microbiology applications. WASP™ and WASPLab™ represent a true modular, scalable, long-term solution for the efficient automation of specimen processing in bacteriology laboratories, allowing for: plate inoculation (streaking), gram slide preparation, enrichment broth inoculation, robotic incubation and management, Kirby-Bauer application, MALDI-TOF target plate management and plate image recording and analysis.

A Whitley A55 Workstation was also installed at the hospital. The A55  is one of the largest workstations in the DWS anaerobic range. One of the key benefits of this particular workstation is a large incubation area that accommodates up to 1,400 x 90mm Petri dishes, providing a huge working capacity under strict anaerobic conditions. The workstation also comes equipped with two airlocks. Each airlock allows 40 x 90mm Petri dishes to be introduced and withdrawn at either end of the workstation offering maximum flexibility and improving the workflow in a laboratory. Both airlocks can be operated at the same time. The A55 replaces older Whitley Workstations used by the lab and should improve efficiency and increase the lab’s potential. The WASP™ and Whitley A55 will both provide substantial benefit to work being undertaken at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Don Whitley Scientific has been manufacturing anaerobic workstations for decades whilst providing excellent service and support for our customers. For the past few years we have been installing WASP™ and WASPLab™  units in locations around the UK.

 


If you would like more information on WASPLab or any other product in the Don Whitley Scientific product range, please call +44 (0) 1274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk


 

 

28 Years of Workstations

old article

Whitley Anaerobic Workstations looked a little different in 1989 … like something out of the Tardis, looking at this old newsletter article from the archives.

It’s interesting to see, however, what things have changed in the  28 years that have passed. Looking at the photographs in the article on the right, a couple of innovations are evident immediately. The round gloveports on the Compact Workstation pictured have been replaced with either patented oval ports or Whitley Instant Access Ports in our modern workstations and all those buttons and switches have been replaced by a full colour touchscreen display. The latest airlocks are integral and the 12 litre version (pictured on the Whitley A35 Workstation below) takes only 60 seconds to run a cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A35_Front_Close Crop

Don Whitley Scientific also now manufactures the Hypoxystation range of workstations for cell culture applications. These workstations accurately control oxygen and carbon dioxide via gas sensing technology. We now use this technology on our anaerobic workstations too, to accurately monitor oxygen levels at all times so you no longer have to rely on chemical indicators … as was the case in 1989!

With a strong focus on quality and ergonomics, we think we have taken the design of our workstations to another level over the years and our customers tell us they agree. But there are a couple of Compact Workstations out there, still going strong

 

 


“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points,

but it is by no means the most interesting.”

The Doctor, 3rd (Jon Pertwee), The Time Warrior


newdesign article

A more recent article published in the NewDesign Yearbook 2016

 

 

 

 

Contact our sales team for more information on 01274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk. For the full range of Whitley products, including Anaerobic Workstation, Hypoxystations and much more, see our website at www.dwscientific.co.uk