Culture Collections

Meet the exhibitors: NCTC Symposium 2 March

In 2020, NCTC celebrates 100 years of collaborating with bacteriologists from around the globe. To start the celebrations NCTC will be holding a one-day symposium on 2 March 2020 to commemorate the history of the collection, its curators and depositors, and to highlight the varied uses of NCTC strains and strain genome data.

The symposium, held at Public Health England, Colindale, London will feature many high profile exhibitors from various organisations and institutes. You can learn more about these exhibitors below.

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AusDiagnostics is a manufacturer and supplier of highly multiplexed, automated molecular assays for the detection of pathogens (bacteria/viral/parasitic/fungal) and antibiotic resistance markers, in addition to respiratory, STIs, HPV and Sepsis from a wide range of clinical and veterinary samples. Key advantages of their approach include being low cost, easy to use and the unique MT-PCR process that preserves the quantification relationship between pathogens in the original sample. Coupled with easy to use software and an extraction solution approach, AusDiagnostics can supply equipment and IVD kits for laboratories of all sizes.

Find out more about AusDiagnostics




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Established in 1992 BioConnections serves microbiology laboratories throughout the UK. Our philosophy is to support our customers with reliable, quality products yet challenge them with appropriate innovations.

Training events from BioConnections have included the Practical Anaerobic Microbiology series, Enteric Forum series and, more recently, the BMS Masterclass series focusing on antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infection.

Find out more about Bioconnections



The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC)

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ECACC is one of four Culture Collections of Public Health England. ECACC supplies authenticated and quality controlled cell lines, nucleic acids and induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs). It was established in 1985 as a cell culture collection to service the research community and provide an International Depository Authority recognised patent depository for Europe.

Over the last 30 years ECACC has expanded and diversified to become one of the premier collections of authenticated cell cultures in the world and this remains the core of ECACC’s business. The collections currently hold cell lines representing 45 different species, 50 tissue types, 300 HLA types, 450 monoclonal antibodies and at least 800 genetic disorders.

The development and maintenance of such a diverse collection has inevitably produced a high level of specialist knowledge and this, combined with the support of Public Health England, has enabled ECACC to position itself as a centre of expertise in all aspects of cell culture.

Find out more about ECACC



The Food and Environmental Proficiency Testing Unit (FEPTU)

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Public Health England provides proficiency testing (PT) schemes, also known as external quality assessment (EQA) schemes.

Proficiency testing (PT) allows the introduction of samples of known but undisclosed content into a laboratory’s routine testing procedure.

Find out more about FEPTU







Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to develop technologies that improve and enhance life—from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. The life science business‘ purpose is to solve the toughest problems in the industry by collaborating with the global scientific community. With a broad portfolio of more than 300,000 products for protein research, cell biology and chemical-based and biopharmaceuticals, the business covers the bioprocessing value chain.

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The National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF)

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NCPF is one of four Culture Collections of Public Health England. It is the United Kingdom's only culture collection specialising in fungi pathogenic to humans and animals. Since its inception at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1946 the NCPF has been an integral part of the Mycology Reference Laboratory in Bristol, which means that the expertise is available on site for strain authentication.

At present the collection holds over 4,000 strains of fungi and yeasts of clinical significance, many examples of which are available for sale and distribution. You can either search the collection or browse by alphabetical listing.

The collection includes dermatophytes and related organisms from the UK and abroad from human and animal infections including many original type strains, mould strains from sub-cutaneous and deep-seated human and animal infection, pathogenic yeast strains and strains of dimorphic fungal pathogens.

Find out more about NCPF



The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV)

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NCPV is one of four Culture Collections of Public Health England. It preserves well characterised, authenticated human pathogenic viruses in a secure facility, and is able to supply the agents, or nucleic acids derived from them, to the scientific community according to national and international guides. You can either search the collection or browse by alphabetical listing.

The collection is primarily comprised of human pathogenic viruses requiring handling at UK biosafety levels 3 or 4, but has expanded to encompass hazard group 2 pathogens. Most of the material is in the form of cell-cultured virus stocks.

NCPV offers a number of services such as safe deposit storage of viruses, providing a safe, secure backup to the customer's own storage facility. NCPV stores and carries out viability testing on virus patent deposits on behalf of ECACC. The collection also provides information and backup to ECACC, and undertakes any virological investigations they may require.

Find out more about NCPV



The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC)

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The NCTC is one of four Culture Collections of Public Health England. Certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2008, it holds nearly 6000 type and reference bacterial strains - many of medical, scientific and veterinary importance worldwide. Our strains support academic, health, food and veterinary institutions and are used in microbiology laboratories in a range of different sectors and in research institutes worldwide. All are available in a freeze-dried (lyophilised) format.

Founded in 1920, NCTC is the longest-established collection of its type anywhere in the world, and also serves as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Microbial Resource Centre (MIRCEN).

NCTC provides a range of associated services which include an International Depository Authority (IDA) patent depository for bacterial cultures.

Find out more about NCTC



TCS Biosciences Ltd


TCS is a manufacturer and distributor of laboratory reagents, test kits and quality control reagents for the clinical, pharmaceutical, food and water sectors. Their commitment to supplying quality and innovative products helps customers to excel in the provision of clinical care, medicines, food and drinking water. In 55 years, they have established themselves as Europe's foremost supplier of animal blood and sera for microbiological use and they are also a key player in the UK water industry in the European pharamceutical market.

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UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (UK SMIs)

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UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (UK SMIs) are a comprehensive referenced collection of recommended algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology, produced by Public Health England. The SMIs are developed by a steering committee and a series of working groups, which are composed of nominated experts from public bodies, professional organisations and learned societies. The UK SMIs are also developed, reviewed and updated through an open consultation process.

Find out more about UK SMIs






UK NEQAS for Microbiology is an independent non-profit organisation with over 40 years experience in external quality assessment in different countries.

The schemes aim to offer a high quality service to participants and work to objective and measurable quality standards. UK NEQAS for Microbiology, operated by Public Health England, is a UKAS accredited Proficiency Testing Provider No. 4715.

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This event is kindly sponsored by: Jetema. co. Ltd 




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