The Pirbright Institute to support national testing programme

The Pirbright Institute will support Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS) by providing induction and training for staff joining the new Lighthouse Laboratory in Bracknell.

Pirbright will play a key role in diagnostics training for newly recruited staff, using cutting-edge, high-throughput diagnostics equipment located on its campus in Surrey.

Pirbright, a world centre of scientific excellence in viral diseases, is home to several Reference Laboratories in highly infectious viral livestock diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and African swine fever (ASF) and has significant expertise in surveillance and diagnostics, particularly in relation to disease outbreaks.

The Institute is supporting BSPS in delivering a training programme for newly recruited laboratory testing staff. This will include an induction on sample management and biosafety, followed by a period of training in scientific diagnostic procedures and processes, using ThermoFisher’s state-of-the-art Amplitude COVID-19 testing solution.

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The highly automated and specialised equipment is able to process over 8,000 samples every 24 hours, and requires detailed technical knowledge to operate. Ongoing training will continue to be provided by the Institute during 2021.

Pirbright will also be offering a number of its scientists experienced in high-throughput diagnostics on secondment to the new facility.

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