WIN at CPhI Worldwide

Concept Life Sciences are attending the upcoming CPhI Worldwide event, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany between October 24th – 26th. We will be running a competition to win an Apple Watch.
HOW TO ENTER:

Attend CPhI Worldwide
Arrange a meeting with a Concept Life Sciences representative (Will Bromley, 

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Win an Apple Watch at ACS Chemistry for Life

If you are attending ACS Chemistry for Life then keep reading to find out more about our fabulous competition.
You could be in with a chance of winning an Apple Watch.
To enter the Competition you must be attending the event (ACS) and schedule a meeting with our Director of Business Development for North America Heidi Schulze.

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Concept Life Sciences Announces the Appointment of John Handley as Chief Operating Officer as the Company Prepares for the Next Stage of Growth and Development

Concept Life Sciences a knowledge-based, science-led business providing a wide range of innovative and integrated solutions within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, environmental, agrochemical, biocides, chemical and consumer sectors, today announces the appointment of John Handley as Chief Operating Officer.
In his role,

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Fipronil Testing in Contaminated Eggs

Fipronil is an insecticide commonly used in veterinary products to treat fleas, mites and marks.  However, it is banned from the use in animals that will enter the food chain such as chickens.
Recent unauthorised use of products containing Fipronil has led to its residues to be found in eggs that have entered the food chain in mainland Europe and in small numbers of eggs entering the UK market.

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Analytical Services Division Careers Open Day – Cambridge

Interested in Developing a Career in Analytical Sciences? Meet the Science behind the Concept at our Analytical Services Division Careers Open Day
Following on from the success of our first careers open day, Concept Life Sciences Analytical Services Division host another open day on Thursday 21st September.

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Summer Competiton Winner Annoucement

Drum Roll Please……! The winner of our Summer Competition is Ed Palairet from Soil Association. Congratulations Ed – you were chosen yesterday at random from our list of newsletter subscribers. To claim your £100 Amazon Vouchers please email marketing@conceptlifesciences.com. Thank you to everyone who entered the summer competition and subscribed to our newsletter.

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Concept Life Sciences strengthens Assay Development and Screening Expertise with the appointment of Dr Andrew CLifton

Dr Andrew Clifton joins Concept Life Sciences as Head of Bioassay Development and Screening Technologies. Concept Life Sciences offers tailored preclinical services including integrated drug discovery programs. Dr Clifton strengthens the existing industry team at Concept and will be responsible for providing assay development and screening capabilities to support preclinical drug discovery projects from hit finding through to candidate selection.

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COMPETITION TIME!

To celebrate the launch of our new website, we are pleased to announce our exciting summer competition!
For your chance to win a £100 Amazon Gift Card*, all you have to do is subscribe to the Concept Life Sciences newsletter by 12pm,

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Analytical Services Careers Open Day

Interested in Developing a Career in Analytical Sciences? Meet the Science behind the Concept at our Analytical Services Division Careers Open Day
Concept Life Sciences Analytical Services Division are hosting an open day on Tuesday 18th July. Taking place at our Manchester site the open day aims to give you the opportunity to meet the team,

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Concept Life Sciences further expands its service offering by investing in micro chamber and thermal extraction facilities

Concept Life Sciences has further expanded its analytical testing capabilities by making significant investment into Micro-Chamber and Thermal Extraction facilities , used to sample VOCs or SVOCs emitted from products and materials. The investment has been made to cope with the growing demand from both new and existing clients who insist on speedy,

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Concept Life Sciences Further Strengthens Its Senior Team

The Concept Life Sciences Group, has further strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Colin Hardie as VP Business Development Preclinical Services , Dave Brown as VP Operations – UK and Darryl Chapman VP Sales and Marketing. The Group recently announced a multimillion pound investment drive,

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Concept Life Sciences launches REACH testing services

Concept Life Sciences, the group created from the merger of Scientific Analysis Laboratories, Agenda1, Peakdale Molecular, CXR Biosciences and REC, has launched two REACH testing services.
The first testing service is Substance Sameness and Identification Testing for the 2018 REACH Registration deadline.

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Analytical Services Training Courses

Concept Life Sciences – Analytical Services are hosting several training courses across the UK. Continuing on from the success of 2016, course dates have now been booked for the Microbiology and Pesticides training courses in Cambridge.

INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY TESTING IN FOOD
CAMBRIDGE
Price includes refreshments,

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Concept Life Sciences (Formerly CXR Biosciences) Co-Authors Two Posters Describing Mode of Action Studies at the Society of Toxicology 2017 Annual Meeting

Research carried out at Concept Life Sciences (formerly CXR Biosciences), the investigative & exploratory toxicology company, is being presented in two posters at the upcoming Society Of Toxicology (SOT) 2017 annual meeting in Baltimore on 12th – 16th March.  This mechanistic research has been performed in partnership with Endura SpA,

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Concept Life Sciences Group Announces Multimillion Pound Expansion Programme and Rebranding

Concept Life Sciences Group, the business formed in 2014 to break into the international Discovery & Development and Analytical markets, has announced its intention to significantly increase its investment in laboratory capacity and scientific staff.
Michael Fort, Concept’s Executive Chairman said “The last two years has seen our company successfully integrate its acquired businesses and build a fully joined up service in chemistry,

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Concept Life Sciences Group Announces Multi-Million Pound Expansion Programme and Rebranding

Concept Life Sciences Group, the business formed in 2014 to break into the international Discovery & Development and Analytical markets, has announced its intention to significantly increase its investment in laboratory capacity and scientific staff.
Michael Fort, Concept’s Executive Chairman said “The last two years has seen our company successfully integrate its acquired businesses and build a fully joined up service in chemistry,

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Concept Life Sciences Group Announces Multimillion Pound Expansion Programme and Rebranding

Concept Life Sciences Group, the business formed in 2014 to break into the international Discovery & Development and Analytical markets, has announced its intention to significantly increase its investment in laboratory capacity and scientific staff.
Michael Fort, Concept’s Executive Chairman said “The last two years has seen our company successfully integrate its acquired businesses and build a fully joined up service in chemistry,

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Is 2017 the year to expand upon your capabilities?

Scientific Analysis Laboratories (SAL) are starting the year off by hosting several training courses across the UK. Continuing on from the success of 2016, course dates have now been booked for the Microbiology and Pesticides training courses in Cambridge – with a new,

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UKAS Accredited for RDF and SRF Testing

Scientific Analysis Laboratories (SAL), one of the largest independent laboratories in Europe and part of the Concept Life Sciences Group, has achieved UKAS accreditation for their newly acquired service; Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) testing.
The ever increasing need for waste recycling rather than disposal combined with government incentives,

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Metrion Biosciences and Peakdale Molecular sign Integrated Drug Discovery Partnership

Peakdale Molecular Limited, a UK-based provider of drug discovery services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and part of the Concept Life Sciences Group, has signed a collaboration agreement with Metrion Biosciences Limited, a specialist ion channel contract research organisation, to offer complete Integrated Drug Discovery Programmes to new and existing and new customers for ion channel targets.

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Training Courses – Last 2 of the Year…

After a very successful year so far at SAL’s Cambridge branch, our training courses are now coming to an end for 2016.
Two of our courses, ‘Introduction to Microbiology Testing in Food’ and ‘Introduction to Pesticide Residue Analysis and Legislation’ have proven to be extremely popular this year –

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CXR Biosciences to expand its mechanistic toxicology services following Scientific Advisory Board endorsement

CXR Biosciences, part of the Concept Life Sciences Group, held its second Scientific Advisory Board recently which focused on the mechanistic toxicology services required by the agrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries.
CXR brought together experienced investigative toxicologists from across the various target industries to debate industry needs and emerging trends and how CXR could utilise its specific experience in this space to maximise the opportunities.

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Cliff Elcombe, an Obituary

CLIFF ELCOMBE
OBITUARY
Dr Cliff Elcombe was a well-known and accomplished British toxicologist, who spent almost his entire career investigating the mechanisms of toxicity of various industrial chemicals and agrochemicals.  He had an enviable reputation for his knowledge of, and insight into,

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Announcement

It is with great sadness that we learned that our colleague Dr Cliff Elcombe died suddenly last Thursday, 25th August after a short illness.
Cliff was co-founder and Research Director of CXR, and an internationally renowned toxicologist.
Cliff played a huge role in the formation and success of CXR,

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Scientific Analysis Laboratories (SAL) only one of two UK laboratories accredited for the analysis of isocyanates in urine

Scientific Analysis Laboratories (SAL), part of the Concept Life Sciences Group, has been awarded UKAS accreditation for the analysis of isocyanates in urine making them one of only two suppliers accredited to do so in the UK.
SAL, which offers global analytical services for a range of sectors is one of the largest independent laboratories in Europe;

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Delivering Quantitative Metals Testing by ICP OES

Summary
Agenda1 were selected by the client to assist them with the analysis of their product to develop and validate a method for quantitative metals analysis by ICP-OES in accordance with USP 232 and 233.
The client is an international company supplying high quality drug products.

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Validation of 18 Analytical Methods to Support Pulmonary Product Development

Challenge
The client was developing a pMDI drug product with a complex multi-stage manufacturing  process  involving API re-crystallization and particle size reduction steps . Wide-ranging validated analytical methods (physical, solid-state, chromatographic) were required to release AP I at various stages of the manufacturing process and to support research activities. 

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Concept Life Sciences Groups Expands Its Services to the US

The Concept Life Sciences Group, a group created following the acquisition of Peakdale Molecular Limited, Scientific Analysis Laboratories Limited and Resource & Environmental Consultants Limited, has launched its services in the US. The integrated group, which further expanded following the acquisition of CXR Biosciences and Agenda1 Analytical Services in 2015,

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2016 FCG Postgraduate Event Scotland

 
The Scotland section meeting of the annual SCI Postgraduate Symposium took place at the University of St. Andrews on Tuesday 12 April 2016.
An audience of over 70 attended the meeting and they were treated to ten talks by speakers from five universities;

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Superhero Day at East Kilbride

Last week, our East Kilbride office took part in Superhero Day raising money for a worthy charity, ‘Cash for Kids’ around the Glasgow area.
Cash for Kids is a charity granting the wishes of those children who face life threatening illnesses or who are terminally ill.

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Peakdale Hosts ECHONET Training Day

On Friday 15th April Peakdale will host the next ECHONET training day at their Chapel-en-le-Frith Headquarters. During this 1 day event, Peakdale will host a number of workshop classes, geared towards medicinal chemistry. A mixture of hands-on modules and theoretical seminars will give researchers attending the day an introduction to the basic aspects and current developments in medicinal chemistry.

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Concept Life Sciences Strengthens Senior Management Team

Knowledge based, science led business, Concept Life Sciences, has further strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of three executives.

Dave Watson has been appointed Managing Director of Scientific Analysis Laboratories (part of the Concept Life Sciences Group);
Sarah Taylor as Group HR Director;

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New investigative toxicology research from CXR Biosciences: six posters to be co-presented at the upcoming Society of Toxicology conference in partnership with BASF, Adama, Monsanto and the H4R REACH consortium

CXR Biosciences, the investigative and exploratory toxicology company, is co-presenting six posters at the upcoming Society of Toxicology meeting in New Orleans on 13th – 17th March.  This innovative research has been performed with several CXR customers including BASF, Adama, Monsanto and the H4R REACH consortium.

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RECRUITING TALENT

Agenda1 has very much enjoyed the recent process of recruiting to its first Graduate Recruitment Programme.
Historically, vacancies at Agenda1 have been filled in the traditional way; that is, by candidates who have already been in work and who are able to demonstrate competence for the job required.

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SAL LAUNCHES A NEW SERVICE!

We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new service, Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to add to our collection of specialist accredited analytical services.
Due to Government changes, there is an increase in demand for RDF and SRF testing across the UK.

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Microbiology and Pesticides Training Courses

Throughout 2016, SAL are pleased to announce they will be holding several dates for the ‘Introduction to Microbiology Testing in Food’ course. Alongside this, a select few dates will be held for the ‘Introduction to Pesticide Residue Analysis and Legislation’ course.

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Christmas Jumper Day 2016

Yesterday was our annual Christmas Jumper Day here at Peakdale Molecular, and it was the best year to date! Some fantastic jumpers worn and what an excuse to keep warm in festive style!

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times

A SAL Courier can be booked for collections and deliveries between Christmas and New Year if required, please arrange with your Project Manager prior to Thursday 24th December.
Monday 21st December: Normal Laboratory Service
Tuesday 22nd December: Normal Laboratory Service
Wednesday 23rd December: Normal Laboratory Service
Thursday 24th December: Normal Laboratory Service until 2pm
Friday 25th &

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Peakdale Enter 3rd National Retrosynthesis Competition 2016

Following the previous event in 2012 and 2015, the RSC and SCI are running the 3rd National Retrosynthesis competition with the final being held at RSC HQ, Burlington House on 11th March 2016. The event is open to all UK academic and industrial groups, in previous years having attracted over 150 applicants.

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SAL Food Conference Success!

Last Thursday 22nd October, SAL hosted its first Food Conference at The Evolution Suite Old Trafford, Manchester. The event titled ‘Food Safety – The Challenge to The Industry’ was a huge success attracting over 80 key delegates from the food industry.

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Peakdale Bake Sale Raises funds for Mountain Rescue Charity

Each year we organise a bake sale to help raise some well deserved funds for local charities, this year has been the best year to date with some fantastic entries! Each year our staff at our Chapel-en-le-Frith site did not disappoint and managed to impress with their culinary skills, all the hard work paying off with the money raised, just take a look at some of the fantastic entries below.

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Pesticide Training Course, 18th November 2015

SAL will be holding their next ‘Introduction to Pesticide Residue Analysis and Legislation’ training course in Cambridge. The one day course will be held at the Hallmark Hotel on Wednesday 18th November 2015 costing GBP 250 (plus VAT). The price includes refreshments,

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Two weeks to go! SAL Food Symposium, Manchester

SAL are holding their first ever food safety symposium titled ‘Food Safety – The Challenges to the Industry’!
This one day conference will be held at the Evolution Suite at Old Trafford (The Home of Manchester United) on 22nd October 2015 running from 9am until 4pm.

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Scottish Contaminated Land Forum Conference 16th September

SAL was pleased to recently sponsor and exhibit at the 6th annual SCLF conference at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The focus of the conference was on the Advances in Land Contamination Assessment and Remediation.
Our Technical Director Dave Smith, delivered a presentation on Aliphatic &

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Concept Life Sciences acquires CXR Biosciences to augment its expanding service base in Discovery and PreClinical Sciences

CXR Biosciences, the investigative and exploratory toxicology company, has been acquired by Concept Life Sciences, the scientific laboratory and consultancy group. CXR Biosciences will retain its name and operate under the Concept Life Sciences Group umbrella. All CXR staff will be joining the Concept Life Sciences’ Group, and CXR Biosciences CEO Paul Smith will continue to head up the business. CXR will continue to provide its customers with its investigative toxicology, exploratory toxicology and metabolism and pharmacokinetics services from its laboratory base in Dundee, UK.

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CXR Biosciences’ pharmaceutical discovery toxicology services summarised in new brochure publication

Preclinical toxicity remains a significant cause of compound failure during pharmaceutical development. In order to reduce the rate of compound attrition, there is an increasing emphasis on identifying and characterising potential toxicological liabilities in the discovery phase of R&D, prior to candidate selection. This discipline is generally termed discovery toxicology, and the approach and methods required differ from those required for traditional regulatory toxicology. CXR Biosciences focuses on providing discovery and investigativetoxicology services, and our discovery toxicology expertise is now conveniently summarised in a single publication.

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Solid Forms in Drug Discovery

Solid form in drug discovery and development remains an area of intense interest to the pharmaceutical industry and consequently to the CROs supporting medicinal chemistry projects . Understanding and control of crystalline solid form is fundamental to both efficient large scale synthesis and the creation of stable, consistent and effective drug formulations.

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Pesticide Training Course

The course is ideal for technical and quality managers within the produce industry looking for guidance and information on the relevance of pesticide testing.
The course covers various aspects of pesticide testing, detailing how to interpret analytical data, what actions to take when residues are found,

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Pesticide Training Course

The course is ideal for technical and quality managers within the produce industry looking for guidance and information on the relevance of pesticide testing.
The course covers various aspects of pesticide testing, detailing how to interpret analytical data, what actions to take when residues are found,

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Technical Bulletin – Perchlorates

The European Commission has set different MRL’s for salad crops and herbs grown under protection (glasshouses and undercover) and outdoors for intra-Union trade.
Surveillance data shows higher levels of perchlorate in salad crops and herbs grown under
protection than those outdoors.

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If it ain’t broke, DO fix it!

As a company providing outsourced services, I believe I should practise what I preach, so recently I’ve been looking for outsourced HR and H&S support.
By trawling the available websites, I soon picked up on a common benefit – nearly all these companies have decided to sell on…fear.

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CCERT Ltd & CXR Biosciences to present poster describing mode of action of a chlorinated paraffin at the Society Of Toxicology 2015 annual meeting

Research carried out at CXR Biosciences, the investigative & exploratory toxicology company, is being presented in a poster at the upcoming Society Of Toxicology (SOT) 2015 annual meeting in San Diego on 22nd – 26th March. The poster, presented by David Farrar of CCERT Ltd, describes investigations into the role of the medium-chain chlorinated paraffin MCCP as an inhibitor of the intestinal absorption of vitamin K.

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Training Course – Introduction to Microbiology Testing in Food

SAL is pleased to announce the next ‘Introduction to Microbiology Testing in Food’ training course at a location close to our Cambridge Facility.
The course is ideal for Technical and Quality Managers within the food and allied industries looking for guidance and information on the relevance of microbiology testing.

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Taken for Granted?

Should the availability of a grant make any difference to what a commercially focussed company does? That question came to mind recently, as I was being interviewed by a university researcher looking at the impact of two different grant schemes from which we benefited. Partly I want to argue that a grant shouldn’t make any difference, but I recognise that if that were the case then the question “why do grant schemes exist at all?” leaps to the fore.

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Stand S4959 at the International Food and Drink Expo

SAL will be exhibiting at The International Food and Drink Expo at ExCel London between 22nd – 25th March 2015.
Our stand number is – S4959
IFE 2015 is the UK’s largest food and drink event and provides an unrivalled opportunity to source the best products for your business,

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Sugar Modified Nucleosides and Nucleotides: The Synthesis of Anti-Viral Drugs

Covering some of the most important synthetic strategies that allow chemists to make key structural changes to the sugar-portion of nucleosides. The program is focused on the development of experimental nucleoside analogues containing locked nucleic acids for the treatment of HCV and will highlight the problems nucleoside chemists face when working to develop new antiviral drugs.

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Visit SAL at Food Matters Live, 2014

Food Matters Live is a new event dedicated to food, health and nutrition.
It aims to bring together the food and drink industry, retailers, food service providers, government, and those working in nutrition and health to tackle one of the most important challenges of our time – the relationship between food,

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