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Don Whitley Scientific to exhibit new Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing software

The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) presents a meeting to look at antimicrobial resistance from clinical (medical and veterinary), environmental and economic viewpoints and ask the question: are we doing enough to prevent the predicted scenario of being “cast back into the dark ages of medicine”?. 

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, echoed the thoughts of many world leaders and scientists when he said that a failure of action now will lead to an “almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine”. This is why Don Whitley Scientific will be proud to present innovative software at the meeting; software to help researchers test how effective antibiotics are against a range of diseases and viruses.

The mASTer software for the ProtoCOL 3 automated zone measurement system is able to quickly and efficiently assess the size of zones around antibiotic discs, predicting antibiotic resistance levels from the results. The software cleverly works alongside a database of all tested organisms that have EUCAST breakpoint values, listing which antibiotics the bacteria are sensitive to, saving a great deal of time compared to the manual method.

The ProtoCOL 3 uses a CCD camera combined with  three colour LED lighting to quickly recognise colonies and produce accurate counts. The results can then be stored in Excel, either on the inbuilt computer processor or on a separate computer via USB connection.

Don Whitley Scientific staff will also be presenting a Whitley Workstation on the stand, and will be available to discuss the wide range of Don Whitley Scientific products, that provide solutions for various scientific applications.






FA Cup draw a success for local club

This past Monday saw a truly special occasion arrive in Bradford, and more specifically to local club (and Don Whitley Scientific sponsored) Thackley Juniors FC. The first round of FA Cup fixtures were drawn from the Thackley clubhouse, with Don Whitley Scientific Managing Director Paul Walton in attendance.

The club was chosen for a couple of reasons. Inspired after Bradford City’s heroics in last season’s FA Cup, beating Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, the FA and the BBC wanted to choose a club from Bradford. Also, as the efforts from the FA to concentrate on grass roots football continue, it was decided that as Thackley Juniors had “already been awarded the Charter Standard Community Club award which is the highest accolade a junior club can achieve at grassroots level” they would suit the FA and the BBC perfectly.

The night was a fantastic occasion and was broadcast live on BBC Two (presented by Match of The Day 2’s Mark Chapman). The draw was conducted by Thackley Chairman Mat Everett and Bradford legend and former manager Stuart McCall. Bradford City drew Aldershot away, meaning a long trip down south for what won’t be an easy match by any means.

Let’s hope one day, the players that Thackley Juniors are producing will play in the FA Cup themselves and make potential opponents fear the prospect of playing against them.



Don Whitley Scientific prepare a H135 for a land down under!

All wrapped up and ready to go – the Whitley H135 HEPA Hypoxystation ready for Australia.

One of the biggest workstations in the Whitley Hypoxystation range, the H135 is being dispatched for use in Australia. It will be joined to a Whitley i2 Instrument Workstation, creating a huge workstation that offers a range of possibilities to the user. The Whitley i2 Instrument Workstation will house the Seahorse Extracellular Flux (XF) Analyzer. The i2 was developed as demand grew for a Hypoxystation with enough room inside to fit such an instrument.

The workstation will reside in a core facility at The University of Sydney, and will provide required research conditions for various students and research associates. Both the H135 and i2 workstations are large enough to accommodate a variety of scientific instruments. This is made all the more possible as both units are fitted with removable fronts, which also facilitates easy cleaning of the workstations.

A video focusing on the key features of the H135 HEPA Hypoxystation can be found here.


Thackley Storm

A return to form for Thackley Storm

Thackley Storm got back to winning ways in a thrilling tie against Salts juniors.

The final score being 8-5, the scores toggled back and forth to 4-4 until Thackley Storm took command, eventually winning the game by a three goal cushion.

This sees the team return to the form they started the season in, winning three of their first four games.

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Free Guide to Clinical Anaerobes

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An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology is a unique guide that enables readers to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It consists of 60 pages and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

Designed to fill a gap in the practical reference materials currently available to support clinical laboratory practice for microbiologists, the publication was written by Professor Michael W D Wren, MBE FIBMS, former consultant Biomedical Scientist in the microbiology department, University College Hospital, and visiting Professor at The University of Westminster. With a foreword by Professor Brian Duerden, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University and input from Dr Don Whitley, Chairman and founder of Don Whitley Scientific Limited, considerable expert knowledge has been combined to make this the most up-to-date reference guide for the modern clinical laboratory.

Images were kindly supplied by the Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff.

For a limited time only (until stocks last) we are offering a free copy of this publication to those who would find it useful in their work. To apply for your free copy, please contact us at or complete our online contact form. This offer is only available to customers in the UK.

The publication is also available to purchase as a spiral bound edition, printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench. For more information, please see our website or contact us on


Thackley Storm win streak comes to unfortunate end

Bingley Juniors 5 – 1 Thackley Storm

Thackley Storm suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 5 – 1 away at Bingley Juniors. Storm beat Bingley Juniors 5-1 at the beginning of the season so they had their revenge. This result puts Storm 4th in the table with the next match at home to Salts Tigers.

Don Whitley Scientific attend IBMS

Don Whitley Scientific once again attended the Institute of Biomedical Science’s bi-annual conference, exhibiting products including the WASPLab, manufactured by Copan Italia SPA. Held at the ICC in Birmingham, the IBMS Congress is perhaps the most important meeting for the clinical audience. Standing alongside companies such as Leica, Olympus and CellPath, Don Whitley Scientific attended IBMS to promote equipment and services specifically designed for the clinical field.

Representatives from Copan joined Don Whitley Scientific on the exhibition stand, with whom they work with to distribute, install and integrate products in the UK. WASPLab is a robotic machine that could lead to huge advances in microbiology. WASPLab, which stands for Walk Away Specimen Processor Lab, moves samples from front end processing to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital microbiology, and visitors to the stand at IBMS could get up close and see these processes in action.




Featured on the Don Whitley Scientific stand was a Whitley A35 Workstation as well as a ProtoCOL 3 colony counter and zone measurer.  The Whitley A35 Workstation drew lots of attention from passers by. An important element of clinical lab work is the ability to incubate samples quickly and efficiently. With the patented Instant Access Porthole and rapid airlock system on the A35 providing a fantastic solution for this, people were very impressed. The ProtoCOL 3 was being shown with the mASTer software. This software makes it easier to assess how resistant or susceptible bacteria are to antibiotics. The system also measures the sample alongside breakpoint values in the EUCAST database.




Nicola Millican, a biomedical scientist from Leeds General Infirmary also attended the IBMS as a guest of Don Whitley Scientific. Nicola gave a New Technology Showcase presentation explaining how Leeds put together a successful business case for the purchase of WASPLab for the microbiology department at the LGI.

An exciting competition prize was also a popular attraction to the stand as the chance to win “Bob” the Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot was on offer to the winner of the trivia question. The question focused on the fact that Don Whitley Scientific designs and manufactures products in house and is a company that is “engineering your future in microbiology”. Bob epitomised this ethos as he was made out of Meccano, a model construction system also made by a proud British company with an innovator at its helm, Frank Hornby. The winner of Bob is Lorraine Clark, from John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxfordshire.




The IBMS congress was once again a fantastic success for Don Whitley Scientific – it was an important event for showing our products to people working in biomedical science and a great opportunity to exhibit WASPLab once again.

Thackley Storm 7 – 1 Menston

Match Report: Thackley Storm 7 – 1 Menston

Thackley Storm continued their fantastic start to the season with a 7 – 1 rout against Menston on Sunday, 6 players shared the glory with one picking up 2 of the seven goals. This puts storm 2nd place in the league.

Storm face Bingley next Sunday and will hope to carry on their winning streak.

Thackley Storm

Thackley Storm Win 6-2

Match Report

Don Whitley Scientific sponsored team, Thackley Storm, continue their fantastic start to the season by smashing Salts Tigers 6-2 in the West Riding County Cup on Sunday. That now takes them through to the quarter finals of the Cup.

The next game will be on Sunday, 4th October at home against Menston Juniors.