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Archive for November, 2015

HypOxygen at Society for Redox Biology and Medicine

The Society for Redox Biology and Medicine’s Annual Meeting (SFRBM 2015) has long been the premier venue for cutting edge research in all aspects of redox biology, featuring the latest technologies and applications in basic and translational research.

HypOxygen, our US distributor, will be at the meeting exhibiting a Whitley i2 Instrument Workstation as well as the BlueBlink optical oxygen sensor. Please visit the HypOxygen exhibit at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the SFRBM in Boston, USA, from 18 – 23 November. They will be happy to discuss low oxygen applications that interest you.

For more information on SFRBM – click here

Don Whitley Scientific at Medica 2015

Held in Düsseldorf, MEDICA is “the world‘s largest medical marketplace”. Don Whitley Scientific are currently attending this international trade fair, exhibiting the latest innovations in microbiology and cell culture.

The fair is a great chance for people from around the world to see Don Whitley Scientific products. On display is the Whitley H35 Hypoxystation, a workstation designed to produce physiologically relevant conditions for a range of applications. Also on show is the Whitley Spiral Plater which eliminates the need for serial dilutions.

Don Whitley Scientific are constantly developing partnerships with distributors around the world, and trade fairs like MEDICA offer a fantastic chance to find new distributors and build upon existing relationships.

If you want to learn more about Don Whitley Scientific and are interested in becoming a Don Whitley Scientific distributor, come to stand D10 in Hall 1 (on the British Pavilion organised by GAMBICA) at MEDICA from now until 19th November.

Steve Robertson at the Don Whitley Scientific stand

Steve Robertson at the Don Whitley Scientific stand


Use of an Oxygen Controlled Workstation with High-Efficiency HEPA-Filtration System in Drug Toxicity Studies Incompatible with Antibiotic Media Supplementation

In drugs toxicity testing, the quality of the atmosphere in which cell handling is carried out is of heightened importance due to the inability to supplement culture media with antibiotics. Further to this, many researchers wish to use low oxygen environments to ensure their model in-vitro systems are as physiologically relevant to the in-vivo system as possible.

This document describes the use of a Whitley H35 HEPA Hypoxystation to provide a HEPA filtered, environmentally defined, work and incubation space for drug toxicity testing in a cardiac spheroid model, whilst also allowing pre-programmed oxygen profiles to simulate the in-vivo system in health and disease.

To read more on this, click here.


Novel Modified Atmosphere Cellular Handling System Allows Housing of Seahorse Analyser under Variable Oxygen Tensions

A Seahorse Biosciences Extracellular Flux Analyser (Seahorse XF Analyser) allows researchers to measure mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis in experimental cell populations. Previously, solutions for housing such an instrument in a variable oxygen atmosphere have been limited, with many users deciding not to pursue research after deeming current solutions unsuitable for generation of appropriate data. 

To this end, Don Whitley Scientific and The University of Manchester undertook a collaborative project to develop a novel system for cellular processing and Seahorse XF Analysis within a closed environment which allows oxygen variability.

To read more on this, click here.


Considering the physiological oxygen levels when culturing intestinal cells in vitro

In this video testimonial Dr Karen Wright of Lancaster University speaks about her work with a H35 Hypoxystation.

If you are working with any equipment from Don Whitley Scientific and would like to let us know about your work and your overall experience with our products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact formFacebook or Twitter. We now feature a variety of customer testimonials on our product pages and these can be accessed through the “testimonials” tab (if we have a testimonial for that product).



Apache Helicopter lands at Leeds General Infirmary

An unexpected visitor appeared at Leeds General Infirmary this week – an Apache Helicopter landed on the hospital’s helicopter deck as part of a training exercise. 

The Apache landed on top of the Jubilee Building, which usually plays host to landings by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance team. The exercise was a continuation of Leeds Teaching Hospitals’ work with the armed forces to allow their helicopter deck to be used for training exercises, offering a city centre environment surrounded by tall buildings.

Steve Rogerson from Don Whitley Scientific is currently working at Leeds General Infirmary. He is completing the installation of their new WASPLab system, and managed to get a great photo of the Apache coming into land.

WASPLab™ (Walk Away Specimen Processor Lab) is a complete robotic specimen processing system for front end pre-analytics in microbiology. It is a fully automated, barcode-driven, conveyor-connected system with remote plate image analysis and automatic incubation. WASPLab is manufactured by Copan and Don Whitley Scientific are proud to be distributing it in the UK and assisting with the installation and servicing of the product.



Nab Wood clinch victory in bad tempered fixture

Thackley Storm suffered their second league defeat of the season, away to Nab Wood in a bad tempered tie.

A player from each side was sent off in the first half which also saw Storm take a two goal lead. The second half saw Nab Wood start much stronger and able to pull back the deficit, eventually winning the game 6-3.

Storm have a good chance to get back into the title race in the next tie, when they play league leaders Seymour United.

Thackley Storm progress in the West Riding Cup

Cup fever continued in Thackley, as junior side Thackley Storm battled to win a cup tie against Menston.

Thackley Storm returned after a short break to play against Menston away in the West Riding Cup. Storm had previously beaten Menston in the league so were once again favourites going into this tie. Storm raced into a 3 goal lead but Menston mounted a strong comeback, meaning the score at full time was 4-4. This meant the tie was taken to a nerve racking penalty shoot-out and luckily Storm held their nerve, winning 4-3 on penalties.

Thackley Juniors under 16 side Thackley Storm, who are sponsored by Don Whitley Scientific, play away against Nab Wood next weekend.