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New clinical and GMO reference materials from IRMM

Date:11 November 2012

IRMM- new certified reference materials for monitoring leukaemia

IRMM have broken ground in producing the world?s first certified reference material ERM-AD623 for monitoring chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML), which is a cancer of the white blood cells. Whilst CML can?t currently be cured, it can be kept under control with specific enzyme inhibitors. ERM-AD623 (a set of BCR-ABL pDNA calibrants) will support accuracy in the monitoring of leukaemia and it will be an essential tool to correctly asses the human response to leukaemia treatment and to detect a relapse of a patient early. It has been developed using specifically tailored plasmids suitable for the calibrations of the BCR-ALB 1 measurements by copy numbers and characterised by expert laboratories using digital polymerase chain reaction - the most advanced counting method for small DNA amounts. Click here

New from IRMM! GMOs for AV43-6-G7 potato and DAS-40278-9 maize

European legislation requires labelling of food and feed containing more than 0.9% of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). New releases from IRMM include ERM-BF431 for AV43-6-G7 potato and ERM-BF433 for DAS-40278-9 maize which been produced to support development, validation and GMO quantification. View our full range of GMO materials.

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About LGC Standards

LGC Standards provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory, and is part of LGC, whose LGC Science & Technology Division acts as the UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements. LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards (produced under ISO Guide 34 accreditation), biological standards and reagents, and proficiency testing. LGC Standards is headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Its global centre for excellence in proficiency testing is located in Bury (Greater Manchester). LGC Standards has offices in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates, UK and the US, a joint venture presence in India, and representatives in Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania and Turkey.

About LGC

LGC is the international science-based company and market leader in analytical, forensic, biotechnology and diagnostic services, as well as diagnostic products, proficiency testing and reference standards. LGC operates in a variety of international markets which underpin the safety, health and security of the public and the regulation of industry, for both public and private sector clients.

LGC has five divisions - LGC Forensics, LGC Genomics, LGC Health Sciences, LGC Standards and LGC Science & Technology. The latter includes specialist laboratories delivering contracts for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and supports LGC's designated role as the UK's National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement.

Our operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025. With headquarters in Teddington, South West London, the LGC Group employs over 1,700 staff in 36 laboratories and centres globally. The genesis of LGC dates back to 1842, and for more than 100 years it has been home to the UK statutory function of Government Chemist. Formerly the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, LGC was privatised in 1996 and is now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint.

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