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NIBSC summer newsletter
Welcome to the summer edition of our newsletter which shares the latest news and information from NIBSC.

Launch of £10m collaborative research project to improve tools available to evaluate seasonal Influenza vaccines

Influenza virus

The new £10m collaborative research initiative, FLUCOP, will provide new and improved tools to better evaluate how effective the immune response to the seasonal influenza vaccine is.

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Sixth Heparin workshop on the characterisation of heparin products


The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA), Governo Federal Brasil Patria Educadora, and the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention (USP) hosted an event in São Paulo, Brazil on 6 and 7 August 2015.

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New international consensus on pluripotent stem cells as starting materials


The International Stem Cell Banking Initiative, coordinated by the UK Stem Cell Bank at NIBSC, is a consortium of stem cell banks, leading stem cell biologists, regulators and other expert bodies from 24 countries. This group recently published an international consensus: ‘Points to Consider in the Development of Seed Stocks of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells for Clinical Application’.

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Recent publications involving NIBSC scientists

pile of journals

Geno KA, Gilbert GL, Song JY, Skovsted IC, Klugman KP, Jones C, Konradsen HB, Nahm MH (2015). Pneumococcal Capsules and Their Types: Past, Present, and Future. Clin Microbiol Rev. 28 (3) doi:10.1128/CMR.00024-15.

Karen L. Laurie, Othmar G. Engelhardt, John Wood, Alan Heath,Jacqueline M. Katz, Malik Peiris, Katja Hoschler, Olav Hungnes,Wenqing Zhang, Maria D. Van Kerkhove, the CONSISE Laboratory Working Group participants. (2015). Open Access An international laboratory comparison of influenza microneutralisation assay protocols for A(H1N1)pdm09, A(H3N2) and A(H5N1) influenza A viruses by CONSISE.Clin. Vaccine Immunol. Epub. doi: 10.1128/CVI.00278-15.

Chong, W and Turro, E and Metcalfe, P and Yusuf, R and Mérieux, Y and Rigal, D and Porceljn, L and Huiskes, E and Lucas, G and Bendukidze, N and Green, A and Fontão-Wendel, R and Husebekk, A and Dixey, J and Guest, A and Mushens, R and Ouwehand, WH and Navarrete, CV. (2015). A multicenter validation of recombinant β3 integrin–coupled beads to detect human platelet antigen-1 alloantibodies in 498 cases of fetomaternal alloimmune thrombocytopenia. Transfusion. Epub. doi:10.1111/trf.13222.


New reference materials

NIBSC provides over 90% of all WHO international standards for the quality assurance of biological medicines and diagnostic tests. The Institute continues to build on its extensive range of reference materials for use in standardising biological assays, including an increasing number of CE-marked diagnostic controls.

View our latest products including World Health Organization (WHO) International Standards, CE-marked reference materials and more.


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