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What is the process for initiating a study with Gifford Bioscience?

On enquiry, we respond with whether the assay is within our area of expertise. We will give an indication of pricing structure and timelines (sometimes after the initial conference call, should you wish to discuss scope).

When required, we will send you a Confidentiality / Non-Disclosure Agreement to execute. Alternatively, you may send us your NDA/CSA/Master Services Agreement.

We will work with you to fully define the requirements. Complex or non standard assays are sometimes staged with a pilot study. 

A quote is prepared for the project.

Final contract is executed.

Samples are sent to Gifford Bioscience Limited and analyzed per the timeline specified in the contract.

How do you report back to us?

Preliminary data and/or periodic progress reports are sent to the client as they are generated. We will discuss these results with you, along the way.

A final report is prepared within one week of completion of the study. This contains a detailed description of materials and methods used, the results summarised in tables and figures and the detailed data files as an appendix. Again, we will discuss this report with you, as you require.

How do I prepare and ship compounds/samples from the US?

Compounds should be shipped as either a dry power; a 10mM DMSO stock solution in a securely closed, labelled vial(s) or in sealed standard 96-well plates. For other forms, please inquire before shipping.

Frozen tissue samples should be wrapped in foil to reduce freezer-burn and placed in polypropylene plastic tubes or the equivalent, so that they do not get damaged during transit. They should shipped with sufficient dry ice to ensure frozen arrival of samples to our testing facility. Our clients usually use dry ice pellets. A two-inch-thick insulated urethane box will typically lose about 5 lbs of dry ice per 24 hours. We recommend a minimum of 20 lbs.

A useful guide to shipping perishables, including on dry ice, can be found here: https://www.fedex.com/content/dam/fedex/us-united-states/services/Perishables_fxcom.pdf

Dry ice labels, to be attached to the outer carton, should indicate the quantity of dry ice in kilograms. They can be obtained from your shipper and can be downloaded from FedEx here: https://www.fedex.com/content/dam/fedex/us-united-states/services/Dry_Ice_Label.pdf

FedEx International Priority® deliver in 2 to 3 days. https://www.fedex.com/en-us/home.html. The international label/air waybill and the commercial invoice are prepared as part of creating a shipment online.

Samples for testing may carry no commercial value. Tissue samples are usually categorised as Blood, Animal, Non-Hazardous: Biological Products, non-hazardous for customs clearance, along with a description of the contents.

Compounds, tissues and/or test materials should be shipped to:

Gifford Bioscience Limited
Birmingham Research Park
97 Vincent Drive
Birmingham B15 2SQ
UK

Included in the package should be your details and an itemized description of the contents.  We will email an acknowledgement to you once received at our testing facility.

We accept payment in USD to our USD account.

This is for your guidance only and Gifford Bioscience cannot accept responsibility for any delay or damage during shipment.

How do I prepare and ship compounds/samples from the EU?

Compounds should be shipped as either a dry power; a 10mM DMSO stock solution in a securely closed, labelled vial(s) or in sealed standard 96-well plates. For other forms, please inquire before shipping.

Frozen tissue samples should be wrapped in foil to reduce freezer-burn and placed in polypropylene plastic tubes or the equivalent, so that they do not get damaged during transit. They should shipped with sufficient dry ice to ensure frozen arrival of samples to our testing facility. Our clients usually use dry ice pellets. A two-inch-thick insulated urethane box will typically lose about 2.5 Kg of dry ice per 24 hours. We recommend a minimum of 10 Kg.

A useful guide to shipping perishables, including on dry ice, can be found here: https://www.fedex.com/content/dam/fedex/us-united-states/services/Perishables_fxcom.pdf

Dry ice labels, to be attached to the outer carton, should indicate the quantity of dry ice in kilograms. They can be obtained from your shipper and can be downloaded from FedEx here: https://www.fedex.com/content/dam/fedex/us-united-states/services/Dry_Ice_Label.pdf

The priority service of shippers such as https://www.fedex.com deliver in 1 to 3 days. Customs documentation such as label/air waybill and the commercial invoice are usually prepared as part of creating a shipment online.

Samples for testing may carry no commercial value. Tissue samples are usually categorised as Blood, Animal, Non-Hazardous: Biological Products, non-hazardous for customs clearance, along with a description of the contents.

Compounds, tissues and/or test materials should be shipped to:

Gifford Bioscience Limited
Birmingham Research Park
97 Vincent Drive
Birmingham B15 2SQ
UK

Included in the package should be your details and an itemised description of the contents.  We will email an acknowledgement to you once received at our testing facility.

We accept payment in EUR to our EUR account.

This is for your guidance only and Gifford Bioscience cannot accept responsibility for any delay or damage during shipment.

How much compound is required for a bioanalytical method validation?

Recommended minimum quantities for each of our assays is given in the testing information downloads, available above.

Do you have the ability to use radiochemicals? Which?

Our radioactive substances permit encompasses all common laboratory radioisotopes including Tritium; Iodine-125; Carbon-14; Iodine-124; Iodine-131; Sulphur-35; Phosphorus-32; Phosphorus-33; Chromium-51; Rubidium-86 and smaller amounts of other beta/gamma emitting radionuclides.

Do you have the ability to analyse human tissue?

Yes, human tissues and plasma can be sent to us, shipped on dry ice.

Do you have the ability to dose live animals? Which?

We are able to receive, house and dose rats and mice using the animal facilities at the University of Birmingham. 

Do you have the ability to analyse controlled substances?

No, we are not currently licensed to handle controlled substances.

Can samples be stored at Gifford Bioscience Limited for an extended period of time?

Sample storage is available in the following conditions: ultra-low temperature (-152 oC for cells); frozen (-80 oC; -25 oC); refrigerated; room temperature. Extended sample storage, beyond the immediate period of the assay, is an additional service to be agreed at the outset of the project.

What is the typical turnaround time?

The turnaround time for each project or project phase will be indicated in the quotation. Two to four weeks is typical, our clock is starting once the statement of work has been signed and all compounds and materials needed have been received at our testing facility.

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