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  LGC acquires the Lipomed Reference Standards business, enhancing global portfolio of analytical reference materials

LGC has announced the acquisition of Lipomed AG’s reference materials business including standards with drugs of abuse and toxicology applications, and thus greatly complementing LGC’s reference standards offering. Lipomed Reference Standards is a leading manufacturer and supplier of analytical reference standards with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditations for testing and ISO 17034 accreditation for production of reference materials...



The National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at LGC has launched the Northern Cell Metrology Hub, a new centre of innovation for clinical diagnostics and medical technology, at the University of Leeds’ innovation community, Nexus. The first step in a partnership between the University of Leeds and the NML, the laboratory was launched on Friday, 31 March 2023 at a special event hosted Nexus, which features talks from Professors Julian Braybrook and Nick Plant, as well as a visit from the Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin.


  NML at LGC receives award to develop standards and deliver metrology training for engineering biology

The National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at LGC is pleased to announce that it has received an award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to develop standards and deliver metrology training for engineering biology. Engineering biology has the potential to offer solutions to a range of societal challenges, including food, biomedicines, clean growth and the environment...


  LGC announces VALIDATE

LGC Maine Standards¹ announces the release of VALIDATE® aHBs to meet the linearity and calibration verification needs of clinical laboratories running the Roche cobas®, Abbott ALINITY, and Siemens ADVIA Centaur®, platforms. VALIDATE aHBs (Order No. 801mm) offers Hepatitis B Surface IgG Antibody (aHBs) for easy, fast, efficient linearity and calibration verification. VALIDATE aHBs test kits are liquid and ready-to-use; simply dispense the solution from each dropper bottle, directly into five sample cups, and run in replicates to verify the assay’s reportable range.


  LGC Clinical Diagnostics and Stanford University to extend their partnership to support global genetic and metabolomic diagnostic testing

LGC Clinical Diagnostics, a leading supplier and partner to global in vitro diagnostics manufacturers and clinical laboratories, announce the extension of their exclusive partnership with Stanford University Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine Division. Under the terms of the agreement, Stanford University will continue to provide LGC with clinical guidance in recruiting and selecting rare patient donors’ blood samples whose pregnancy has been identified with a genetic abnormality...


  LGC launches free app-based cannabis testing training to support cannabis testing laboratories in their learning

A breakthrough in training  for the cannabis testing industry has been launched thanks to a collaboration between experts in the National Measurement Laboratory (NML), hosted at LGC, and the reference materials division at LGC Standards. The rapid expansion of the global cannabis industry has led to sharply increased demand for safety and purity testing, but analytical laboratories are reporting a severe shortage of experienced cannabis testing staff...


  LGC acquires Rapid Genomics, bolstering its position in the application of NGS for high-throughput genotyping market in AgBio

LGC announce the acquisition of Rapid Genomics, a provider of mid- to high-density Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) kits and services for genotyping in the agrigenomics market. Rapid Genomics is a leading company in genotyping applications via Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). Its Flex-Seq® Ex-L technology is provided to customers through kits and genotyping services, and allows high-throughput, cost-effective DNA analysis in plant, livestock and aquaculture genetics...


  LGC announces VALIDATE

LGC Maine Standards announces the release of VALIDATE® Thyroid 2 (THY2) to meet the linearity and calibration verification needs of clinical laboratories running the Beckman Coulter Unicel® DxI/Access platform. This exciting product, with the analyte Thyroglobulin (Tg), is formulated in human serum, using the CLSI EP06-A “equal delta” sample preparation method, and provides five distinct concentrations across the claimed and extended range of the Beckman Coulter Unicel® DxI/Access instrument...


  LGC announces VALIDATE

LGC Maine Standards¹ announces the release of VALIDATE® Immunosuppressants (ISx) to meet the linearity and calibration verification needs of clinical laboratories running the Abbott ARCHITECT/ALINITY or Siemens Dimension platform(s). The product, which includes analytes Cyclosporine (CSA), Tacrolimus (TAC), and Sirolimus (SIRO), is formulated in human whole blood, using the CLSI EP06-A “equal delta” sample preparation method, and provides five distinct concentrations...


  Measurement science improves standardisation of SARS-CoV-2 quantification

An international group of scientists, led by the National Measurement Laboratory for Chemical and Bio-Measurement team at LGC, has investigated quantitative reproducibility of SARS-CoV-2 analysis and how setting diagnostic cut-offs may alter the clinical sensitivity of COVID-19 testing. This analysis is vital to understanding potential discrepancies in measured viral burden used to manage the CoVid-19 pandemic....



LGC is pleased to announce that the AccuPlex™ SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B and RSV Reference Material Kit is now CE marked for in vitro diagnostic use (CE-IVD). With this change in regulatory status, the new product name is AccuPlex SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B and RSV Molecular Controls Kit. Bearing the CE mark and IVD symbol signifies that the AccuPlex SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B and RSV Molecular Controls Kit meets extensive design control requirements....


  LGC leads first international ring trial that demonstrates capability of laboratories to measure Cannabidiol and Controlled Cannabinoids in consumer products

The Government Chemist (GC), hosted at LGC, has published the results of a recent international ring trial on the determination of cannabidiol (CBD) - an uncontrolled cannabinoid- and controlled cannabinoids in consumer products such as food and cosmetics. Consumer CBD products have entered the UK market rapidly in a variety of forms, including food and cosmetics. CBD when used as an ingredient in food or cosmetic products must currently be free from controlled cannabinoids....


  LGC launches SARS-CoV-2 quality solution for antigen testing

LGC has released ACCURUN® SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Reference Material Kit, a new quality measurement tool to support SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing. It is formulated for use with test methods that detect the nucleocapsid (NP) protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus – the target for the majority of the SARS-CoV-2 antigen assays currently on the market...



LGC, Biosearch Technologies announce the release of a new set of ValuPanel™ Reagents to help the efforts of public health laboratories to detect SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, and influenza B. The CDC Influenza SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Multiplex ValuPanel Reagents - which are for research use only and not for use in diagnostic procedures - consists of probes and primers for multiplex RT-PCR detection and allows discrimination of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, and influenza B from a single patient sample....


  LGC launches SARS-CoV-2 molecular solution for Oral Fluid Testing

LGC has expanded its innovative portfolio of SARS-CoV-2 quality solutions with the release of AccuPlex™ SARS-CoV-2 in Synthetic Oral Fluid reference material. The product is designed to support development and testing efforts around novel saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics.  It serves as an ideal research tool for assay developers as well as a complete quality solution for clinical laboratories employing such tests....



LGC’s high-throughput (HTP) RT-PCR testing system for SARS-CoV-2 has been submitted to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA). Testing labs can now leverage LGC’s unrivalled expertise in automated sample preparation and high-throughput RT-PCR workflows in a ready-to-deploy solution. As the need for SARS-CoV-2 testing for both diagnostic and screening applications continues to grow, many organisations are looking to expand or create testing capacity...


  LGC expands SARS-CoV-2 molecular solutions to full genome coverage

LGC SeraCare continues to innovate its portfolio of products supporting SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics. Initially designed to target the published CDC and WHO consensus sequences, the new AccuPlex™ SARS-CoV-2 Verification Panel and Reference Material Kit are now available with full SARS-CoV-2 viral genome coverage. This expansion allows for compatibility with any SARS-CoV-2 assay target, while maintaining the safety features....


  LGC continues to innovate SARS-CoV-2 Quality Solutions to now include the S gene

The newly launched Version 2 Verification Panel, and Reference Material Kit, offer expanded genome coverage over the products first launched in March to now include the S gene region. As testing priorities shift from molecular to serological, LGC SeraCare also plans to expand their product offering to antibody controls in continued support of public health efforts against COVID-19. LGC SeraCare’s proprietary AccuPlex technology mimics wild-type pathogenic viruses, but is safe, non-infectious, and replication deficient...


  LGC Coronavirus Proficiency Test offers laboratories quality assurance

LGC has launched a Proficiency Testing (PT) service for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) by nucleic acid amplification testing, one of the first global schemes for COVID-19. As increasing numbers of diagnostic methods are made available in the global fight against COVID 19, it is essential that laboratories ensure that their application of methods and subsequent results are reliable and accurate...


  The NML at LGC announces a major development in reference materials for allergen quantification

The UK’s National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at LGC has expanded its portfolio of reference materials to include the first ever multi-allergen reference material kit containing five common allergens (milk, egg, almond, hazelnut, walnut), traceable to the SI (International System of Units). Food allergy is a serious and growing problem, with up to 2 million people in the UK estimated to be affected....


  LGC acquires C/D/N Isotopes

LGC has has announced the acquisition of C/D/N Isotopes (CDN), a leading manufacturer and supplier of deuterium-labelled compounds. The acquisition follows LGC’s recent acquisition of Toronto Research Chemicals (TRC), the leading manufacturer and supplier of analytical standards, which has enjoyed a longstanding trading relationship with CDN....



LGC’s SeraCare Life Sciences, a manufacturer and leading partner to global in vitro diagnostic manufacturers and clinical laboratories, is announcing the development of molecular reference materials for coronavirus utilizing their proprietary AccuPlex™ recombinant technology. The control material is being produced in collaboration with several diagnostic manufacturers to support development, evaluation, and validation of molecular test methods directed to 2019-nCoV....


  LGC becomes first bioanalytical Contract Research Organisation to offer HD-X platform in a regulated environment

The HD-X - the very latest fully automated technology platform from Quanterix for developing and performing digital immunoassays – has been unveiled at LGC’s GLP/GCP-accredited lab in Fordham, near Cambridge, UK. The HD-X builds on the success of the HD-1 analyser in conveying unprecedented levels of sensitivity, robustness, and throughput to Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) bioanalytical studies....


  LGC acquires Toronto Research Chemicals, strengthening its presence in the reference standards market

LGC has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Toronto Research Chemicals (“TRC”), a leading manufacturer and supplier of synthetic organic bio-chemicals which are used as reference standards, research tools and building blocks by a highly diversified global customer base across the pharmaceutical, applied and research sectors...


  LGC Upgrades Dr. Ehrenstorfer Portfolio

LGC, the international life sciences and measurement testing company, has launched an upgrade and a new look for its Dr. Ehrenstorfer™ range of products.

LGCThe Dr. Ehrenstorfer range now includes a growing number of reference standards manufactured under LGC’s ISO Guide 34 scope of accreditation, and new outer packaging and ampoules. The improved packaging, which uses cardboard with an upgraded cellophane layer to help prevent moisture uptake....


  LGC Makes Ordering PT Schemes Easy for Customers

LGC, the international life sciences and measurement testing company, is pleased to announce that its world-renowned range of proficiency testing (PT) schemes is now available via its LGC Standards web shop. 

LGCProficiency Testing, often referred to as external quality assessment in the medical and clinical arena, is a key element in the laboratory accreditation process, providing laboratories with an independent performance assessment to enable them monitor the quality of their analytical results as stipulated in ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 15189....


  LGC Standards Continuing to Provide NMIA

LGC Standards is delighted to announce that their agreement to distribute the National Measurement Institute of Australia (NMIA)’s reference materials (RMs) has been renewed, allowing customers continuing access to the NMIA’s expanding range of specialist RMs in four key areas: forensic drugs, sports drugs, pesticides and veterinary materials.

LGCThe NMIA is a world renowned National Measurement Institute (NMI). It has NATA accreditation for chemical reference materials production and is fully compliant with ISO Guide 34. In particular, the NMIA is a leading centre of expertise for sports drugs testing...


  LGC Accelerates the Development of New Medicines with Extractables and Leachables Services

As regulatory pressure increases companies are saving time and money with effective extractables and leachables programmes

LGC ServicesLGC, the international life sciences and measurement company, is successfully preventing pitfalls which can increase drug products time to market. There is increasing regulatory pressure on pharmaceutical companies to investigate the potential interaction between a dosage form and the primary closure and transfer system employed. A thorough scientifically sound extractables and leachables (E&L) programme is, therefore, an essential regulatory requirement...


  LGC Acquires Maine Standards Company, the Leading Provider of Calibration Verification Materials for Clinical Laboratories in the US

LGC, the international life sciences and measurement company, today announces that it has acquired Maine Standards Company, the leading provider of calibration verification materials for clinical laboratories in the US.

LGCThe acquisition bolsters LGC’s growing portfolio of reference materials and proficiency testing (PT) schemes for the clinical market. Euan O’Sullivan, Managing Director of LGC’s Standards Division, said, “We are delighted to welcome Maine Standards Company to LGC. Our two organisations represent a highly complementary commercial and cultural fit, with a common commitment to developing products of the very highest quality for the benefit of...


  LGC Acquires Thistle QA, Expands Clinical PT Offering

LGC, the international life sciences and measurement company, today announces that it has acquired Thistle QA, provider of a comprehensive range of over 35 proficiency testing (PT) schemes to over 6,000 participants, mainly in the clinical sector. PT is also known as EQA (external quality assessment).

LGCThistle’s schemes cover:

  • Clinical chemistry in blood, serum and urine for a range of important tests e.g. cardiac markers, serology, haematology
  • Therapeutic drugs monitoring (TDM)
  • Clinical microbiology
  • Food microbiology and forensic analysis.


  Keeping sport clean with LoGiCal reference standards

The Anti-Doping Control Laboratory at Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) is a world-recognized facility performing dope testing of athletes and animals for national and international sporting events, and was an early adopter of LGC Standards LoGiCal range of reference materials

Immaculade FigueraImmaculada Figuera, a chemist in the laboratory, explained: “We test around 4,000 human and animal samples a year from sporting events around the world, screening urine, blood and serum samples for controlled substances. We perform a wide range of gas and liquid chromatography-based protocols, and use LoGiCal reference standards for both qualitative and quantitative analyses.”...


  LGC acquires leading bioanalytical sciences business from Quotient Bioresearch

LGC and Quotient Bioresearch are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the sale by Quotient of its Bioanalytical Sciences division to LGC

LGC LogoQuotient Bioanalytical Sciences is a leading provider of bioanalytical services across the fields of small molecules, biomarkers, biopharmaceuticals and microbiological testing to customers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. It is based at Fordham, Cambridgeshire...


  A LoGiCal success for online SPE-LC/MSMS

LoGiCal® reference materials from LGC Standards have enabled specialist instrument manufacturer Spark Holland in Emmen, the Netherlands, to establish an online SPE-LC/MSMS method for the analysis of synthetic cannabinoids

Martin SibumBusiness Development Manager Martin Sibum explained: “We develop applications for a variety of markets, including clinical pharma, toxicology and forensics, and are involved in screening for drugs of abuse. The use of designer drugs is on the increase, and we needed to develop a quantitative online SPE-LC/MSMS method for the analysis of synthetic cannabinoids, or ‘Spice’ compounds. These compounds are relatively new, and LGC Standards was quite unique in being able to supply reference standards for five Spice compounds from stock.”...


  Drugs of abuse screening benefits from LoGiCal reference materials

Unilabs AB in Eskilstuna, Sweden, is taking advantage of LGC Standards’ LoGiCal reference materials to perform clinical analyses and screen for drugs of abuse, as chemist Elin Widing explained

Elin Widing“Unilabs is a privately owned clinical laboratory that analyses company healthcare and workplace samples, as well as samples from drug abuse centres. Samples are received from across Sweden and screened either qualitatively or semi-quantitatively using immunological assays, followed by quantitative  for verification. Ready-to-use LoGiCal solutions are ideal for our purposes; it is so much simpler than weighing powders for in¬house preparation of reference materials.”...


  Smart scientists order online at LGC Standards

LGC Standards’ webshop, featuring over 30,000 products, represents the most comprehensive source of online reference materials available

LGC Standards’ webshopWebshop registrations have increased by almost 300 % in the last four months. Customers can search the webshop quickly and easily, and enjoy the convenience and flexibility of being able to order 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  LGC Standards launches LoGiCal, a new range of certified reference materials LoGICal LGC Standards, one of the world's leading suppliers of reference materials, has launched the LoGiCal range of certified reference materials. Manufactured and certified to ISO Guide 34, using ISO 17025 accredited processes in LGC's own laboratories, the new range offers scientists a choice of natural and deuterium labelled compounds, each supplied with a detailed Certificate of Analysis. LoGiCal certified reference materials fully satisfy national and international labelling and other requirements for transportation, health and safety...


  A LoGiCal success at Analytical Services International LoGiCalAnalytical Services International (ASI) at St George's, University of London, UK, has been evaluating LoGiCal certified reference materials - a new product range from LGC Standards - for its therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) services, where high quality reference standards are an essential requirement. The use of high quality reference materials is equally important for the Company's international proficiency testing scheme for immunosuppressive drugs, co-ordinated by Professor David Holt. ASI recently validated the use of LoGiCal solutions of the immunosuppressant mycophenolic acid (MPA) and antiarrhythmic amiodarone metabolite desethylamiodarone (DEA) in its assays...


  LGC Standards announces arrival of new catalogue LGC Standards announces arrival of new catalogueOver 14,500 products across a range of sectors including food, environmental and industry, to support analytical testing. LGC Standards' most comprehensive catalogue has been updated once again, with a wide range of new reference materials and suppliers being added to the existing offering. ‘Analytical reference materials, standards and high purity solvents 2011/12' supports laboratory quality by providing a resource that contains materials for a variety of applications, ensuring that users have all the products of interest in one place...


  LGC Standards and ULTRA Scientific offer the Gold Standard with ULTRAgold LGC Standards logoLGC Standards is pleased to offer ULTRA Scientific's new line of ISO Guide 34 certified reference materials (CRM), ULTRAgold®. ULTRAgold fulfils international needs with CRMs at convenient concentrations of 1000 ppm and 10 ppm, as well as incorporating REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances) labelling into its products, to better assist the laboratory community


  Hair drug analysis - LGC announces agreement to market Psychemedics LGC, an international science-based company and recognised market leader in forensic and diagnostic services and reference materials, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Psychemedics Corporation, the world's largest provider of drug testing using hair analysis, to market the patented Psychemedics hair analysis drug test in the UK and Europe.


  Visit Whitehouse Scientific at Powtech 2010 At Powtech 2010 Whitehouse Scientific will exhibit the company's new opaque standards for particle size analysis. Managing director Dr Graham Rideal will also present a lecture as part of the World Congress on Particle Technology (WPCT6), a scientific congress which this year takes place alongside Powtech.


  ULTRA Scientific offers the Gold Standard with ISO Guide 34 accreditation Organic and inorganic standards distributed by LGC Standards give laboratories greater choice and quality


  LGC Standards continues its growth in emerging markets with first Russian office

Championing measurement science and quality control in the Russian analytical market.

LGC Standards has opened its first office in St Petersburg, Russia. This new office, coming only six months after a presence in China was established, demonstrates that LGC Standards continues to grow to support laboratory quality worldwide.



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