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25 January, 2006 - 22:07 By Staff Reporter

UK biobank TAPs into local expertise

The Automation Partnership in Royston, a world-leading manufacturer of innovative industrial automation for Life Science applications, has been asked to design and implement the –80 degrees C automated sample management system for the UK Biobank project.The Automation Partnership in Royston, a world-leading manufacturer of innovative industrial automation for Life Science applications, has been asked to design and implement the –80 degrees C automated sample management system for the UK Biobank project.

The UK Biobank, which will be the world’s largest prospective study of the link between disease, environment and genetic factors, requires a storage and retrieval system for around 10 million biological samples from 500,000 participants.

The samples will be stored at –80 degrees C, for up to 25 years.

TAP is providing a design study, system prototype and implementation programme to match the UK Biobank’s vision.

The final system, named Polar™, will allow storage, retrieval and full tracking of all 10 million samples stored at –80 degrees C.

It will also accurately pick out any individually 2-D coded sample from this vast array of tubes for further research.

TAP is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced automation systems for the life sciences industry.

More than 250 TAP systems are installed at major pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

n Peterborough law firm Buckles Solicitors LLP and Stamford-based Bishopsgate Corporate Finance have helped seal a multi-million pound investment deal that involved private equity house ISIS Equity Partners taking a stake in Reading-based public affairs company Green Issues Comm-unications Ltd.

ISIS’ investment of £2m, which was part of a larger investment package that included senior debt and working capital from a major corporate lender, values Green Issues at around £8m.

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