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Supporting the fight against COVID-19

Since March 2020 our laboratories in Milton Keynes have been at the forefront of the national COVID-19 testing effort. One of a number of Lighthouse Laboratories, we have now analysed several million swab samples as part of NHS Test and Trace - the largest diagnostic network the UK has ever seen.

After being commissioned by the UK Government to provide this service, we repurposed existing laboratories and built new ones to provide the capacity required to analyse swab samples at scale.

Initially an army of volunteer scientists tested swabs manually whilst helping us develop a wholly automated process. Now liquid handling robots and other kit and machinery fill our laboratories.

During September and October 2020 we installed new robots and enhanced some of the manual processes to safely build in more capacity.

Why UK Biocentre?

Why UK Biocentre?

UK Biocentre is uniquely placed to provide a range of services that support the national testing effort.

How we test swab samples

How we test swab samples

Watch the animation to find out how swab testing works.

Stories from the lab

Stories from the lab

Hear from our scientists about their experiences at the forefront of the testing effort.

Enquiries

Enquiries

Who and how to contact if you have an enquiry.