Prime Minister thanks scientists for testing more than a million COVID-19 samples.


The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, met scientists and toured UK Biocentre’s COVID-19 testing laboratories in Milton Keynes. Mr Johnson saw first-hand the scale of the highly automated operation at UK Biocentre which tests tens of thousands of samples every day.

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How We Test Swab Samples.

What happens to the samples when they reach our laboratories? Watch this animation which helps explain our process.

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Supporting the fight against COVID-19

Our laboratories in Milton Keynes are being used to analyse swab samples to support the national effort against the coronavirus pandemic.

To help us meet this challenge we have suspended all routine research support services.

For more information and the latest on our work with partners to halt the spread of coronavirus.

visit our dedicated COVID-19 page

High capacity service for biomedical researchers.

Collection, processing, storage and
analysis of your biological samples.

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We can help you design your study for operation at scale.

Advise on optimal collection consumables
and pre-processing sample handling protocols.

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Enquiries about tests


Our laboratories in Milton Keynes are currently supporting large scale analysis of COVID-19 swabs from across the whole of the UK. These results are communicated to participants directly via the National Testing Programme.

UK Biocentre cannot share directly any information regarding test results. We are unable to assist with the ordering of tests, or the collection of completed swab kits.

These enquiries, and any others related to the National Testing Programme, should be directed to the National Testing Programme hotline on 0300 303 2713

The highest standards of storage and processing.

About Biocentre Automated -80◦C sample storage.

The National Biosample Centre

Established by the NIHR in 2014, and operated by UK Biocentre as a not-for-profit organisation, we provide world leading sample management and high capacity bioprocessing.

We make extensive use of dedicated automation and software systems for consistent and high throughput sample processing and tracking delivering best value for UK medical research.

Our mission is to be the centre of excellence for UK sample management and a key part of the UK science infrastructure. UK Biocentre has no IP on the samples we manage for Investigators. We manage the samples according to the needs of the study.

We provide the logistical infrastructure allowing Investigators to deliver their study objectives. The National Biosample Centre was established out of the experience gained by UK Biobank and operates the ethos that medical research always comes first.

Our capabilities include:

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Sample collection kit assembly

Sample collection kit assembly

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DNA/RNA extraction service

DNA/RNA extraction service

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Sample storage service

Sample storage service

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Quality System management

Quality Management System

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Have special requirements?

The NIHR NBC has been established to provide services to existing collections, existing studies or studies in the planning stage. Contact us today