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at much higher volumes – and the concentration of expertise helps to develop new techniques. For example, the Halo will host a pure molecular based floor. It will consolidate 20 separate, existing molecular laboratories, with up to ten disciplines, all using common equipment and techniques, which will allow cross pollination of ideas and strategic thinking.

HSL’s new location is, literally, well placed to serve the growing demand for more, and new diagnostics. The Halo’s convenient proximity to several of the world’s foremost academic institutions is significant and the company has already been involved in more than 300 research projects.

architects and designers to realise a collective ambition – to have access to the world’s most advanced diagnostic platforms, technologies and techniques under one roof.

The project inevitably means deploying a considerable range of new equipment – and the facility to co-design, and co-produce systems with suppliers. HSL’s unique, flexible tracking system is a case in point. The custom-made, automated sample reception area is connected to the analytical track and the automated sample storage.

The independent tracking system means that biochemistry, haematology, coagulation, flow cytometry, haemoglobinopathy screening, protein electrophoresis screening, allergy and autoimmune testing, and viral serology disciplines and their respective testing platforms, are all connected on a single system.

It’s a completely closed system with automated sample storage retrieval and discard facilities. Samples can be tracked at any stage of their journey and new tests can be added as and when necessary.

There is a huge advantage in having the number and variety of disciplines situated in one space. It creates easy access to a high level of expertise which means that even the traditionally manual, specialist assays can be undertaken Tomorrow’s Laboratories | 31

HSL should be fully installed in the Halo by September this year. Understandably, it’s a date to which Tim Herriman and his colleagues are looking forward.

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