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UK launch of WASP Touch Spiral Plater

The UK launch of the new WASP Touch spiral plater will take place at this year’s Society for Applied Microbiology Summer Conference in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The theme of the 2016 conference is ‘Microbial Interactions in the Environment’ and we will have an exhibition stand there on 5th July to showcase our latest new product.

WASP Touch is a fundamentally different spiral plater that eliminates the need for serial dilutions and standardises counting methods. The system is simple to use, has a built-in vacuum pump, and provides real cost savings and process improvements.





Some of the features and benefits of WASP Touch are:

  • Reduce cost per test and increase efficiency
  • Create easy-to-read plates without the need for serial dilutions
  • Touchscreen with intuitive software for ease of use
  • Automatic sanitizing system (patent pending) contains sufficient fluid for over 900 wash cycles
  • Save money on consumables and use less space in the incubator
  • Produce less waste and be more environmentally friendly
  • Fully integrated vacuum waste system saves on bench space
  • Illuminated, covered working area
  • Robust, reliable operation


WASP Touch on Analytica 2016 Stand

Whitley M35 Workstation – A microaerobic environment for your microaerophiles

The Whitley M35 is a microaerobic workstation ideal for the isolation and study of Campylobacter spp, Helicobacter pylori and other similarly fastidious organisms. The M35 provides a spacious working environment accommodating up to 600 x 90mm Petri dishes with a rapid 60 second airlock cycle. This is a 4-gas system with built-in gas sensing technology that allows you to programme precise gas concentrations, meaning costs can be cheaper than when using a pre mixed cylinder. Temperature and humidity can be easily controlled using the touch screen interface and a unique hydrogen sensor which offers real time feedback. This all ensures the workstation conditions are perfect for manipulating samples in a sustainable microaerobic environment.


Features and Benefits include:

  • A rapid, 12 litre airlock that can transfer 40 plates in only 60 seconds.
  • For total flexibility, up to four gases – nitrogen, carbon dioxide, air and a 10% hydrogen/90% nitrogen mix – can be combined within safe and varying ratios to provide a specific atmosphere for your experiments.
  • This unit can accommodate up to 600 x 90mm Petri dishes.
  • Intuitive colour touch screen interface with PIN-code protected user access levels.
  • Data download facility that allows you to record workstation parameters and download stored data in seconds for traceability and reference.

And a comprehensive range of other options and accessories to tailor the workstation to your specific requirements.



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WASPLab Video highlights the best in lab automation

This new video from Copan shows how the unique Copan WASPLab (Walk Away Specimen Processor) delivers front end robotic specimen processing, full lab automation and digital microbiology. Don Whitley Scientific is an authorised UK distributor of the WASPLab and demand is growing for this fantastic system nationwide.

WASPLab is a sophisticated bar-code driven specimen processor, using conveyor belts it moves samples from front end processing to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital microbiology. Every WASPLab is modular in design and can be customised for the unique needs of different laboratories. The state-of-the-art robotic plate management system along with smart incubators and advanced image acquisition technology are features that can revolutionise sample processing for any lab.


Key features and benefits

  • Scalable Work-Up Canister System – Plates are sent from incubators into easily removable canisters for further work and inspection from laboratory staff
  • Smart Incubation – Individual plate shelves ensure plates are brought to the appropriate temperature and atmospheric condition quickly and efficiently
  • Unique Lighting System – An innovative system employs different levels of lighting to ensure different bacteria and agars are visualised under optimal conditions

Don Whitley Scientific work alongside Copan to install WASPLab systems in laboratories and clinical institutions in the UK. This strong relationship means we can provide a constant level of support whilst these systems are installed to ensure they are perfectly tailored to the customers needs.



Don Whitley Scientific in Spain part 2

The second leg of the Spanish roadshow saw Steve and Alun take control of the demonstration vehicle. From Barcelona they headed towards Valencia, Madrid and Salamanca.

Once again assistance was given in each town by Sandra Berges, DWS Product Specialist from Nirco our Spanish distributor, who had done a fantastic job of organising the customers for us to see at each stop. This was the first time the demonstration vehicle had been in Spain and Sandra had lined up plenty of worthwhile visits.

In each town they visited a variety of different labs: universities, hospitals, contract labs, pharma companies, even ‘secret’ government labs – with a whole variety of applications and interests. At each of these stops representatives were invited to visit the modern environment of the demonstration vehicle and discuss how Don Whitley Scientific equipment could enhance and benefit their particular scientific

Demonstrations were offered by Steve and Alun on workstations from each range – anaerobic, hypoxic, microaerobic – and customers were universally impressed at the quality of our workstations and the precise way in which we measure and control the conditions created inside the chambers/cabinet.

Spain was a new destination for the Don Whitley Scientific demonstration vehicle, these ventures are becoming increasingly useful and we are always on the look out for new places to visit.






Whitley H35 Hypoxystation used in heart regeneration project

Dr Vaibhao Janbandhu is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) in Sydney. He has been in contact with Don Whitley Scientific to explain how his lab’s work has benefited from the use of a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation. Vaibhao uses the Hypoxystation to isolate, culture and characterise adult cardiac stem cells (CSCs).

Dr Janbandhu had already been using a H35 that was set up at the institute for almost three years before he got his own unit installed last year. Specifically, his project is to find new ways to stimulate heart regeneration during ageing and after heart attack. For this he needs a way to isolate, culture and characterise adult CSCs. In Vaibhao’s words the H35 Hypoxystation seems well suited for this application: “the DWS Hypoxystation provides a highly stabilised environment in which levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity are precisely controlled and it will be an integral part of the project to advance the project aims”.

Vaibhao explains that mammalian stem cells reside in a specialised cellular microenvironment. This niche and the stem cell niche is characterised by a low partial oxygen pressure. This hypoxic niche protects stem cells from deleterious effects of O2 on proteins and DNA. These precise conditions are essential for Dr Janbandhu’s work as they accurately replicate the in vivo environment.

His work also see benefits when comparing the use of a Hypoxystation as opposed to using a CO2 incubator. Typically, cell culture work involves methods which include isolating cells under their usual physiologically relevant conditions and then working with them in “bench-top conditions” where cells are exposed to non-physiological oxygen. This can then lead to altered hypoxic response, metabolism, reactive oxygen species and DNA damage response. This metabolic stress introduces unknown outcomes and may lead to results inconsistent with physiological processes. Therefore, the precise control of oxygen levels in cell culture has been shown to be vital for reproducible and physiologically relevant results, transforming the working environment in Vaibhao’s lab.

As well as the precise controlling of conditions, Vaibhao likes the remote access feature on his H35 Hypoxystation. The remote access allows Vaibhao to log into his Hypoxystation’s touchscreen control whilst away from the unit, offering increased flexibility in his working methods. Additionally, he likes how he can view operating conditions, set parameters and change access levels remotely.

Dr Janbandhu opted to purchase a Hypoxystation from Don Whitley Scientific for the level of service and specification we were able to provide in Australia. Other companies either couldn’t fulfil configuration requirements and didn’t provide sales and or service in Australia. Don Whitley Scientific’s office in Australia, provides both fantastic sales and service nationwide. Vaibhao also states that from “discussion with other research groups across the world we felt confident to go for a DWS Hypoxystation”.

Dr Vaibhao Janbandhu has this to say about Don Whitley Scientific Pty Ltd: “I would like to thank your company personnel at the customer services division in Australia for their excellent support. Your Sales & Service Manager in Australia, Grant Shallcross, took care of all my queries in a jiffy!”. Vaibhao added that the funding for the purchase came from the James N Kirby Foundation and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

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