Thames Cryogenics Limited will provide a 9000-litres, liquid nitrogen storage tank and dewar filling station to the World's first Stem Cell Bank of its type, which will provide enormous potential for advances in clinical therapy.

Thames cryogenics in association with the National Institute for Biological Standards & Control (NIBSC) have developed the UK Stem Cell Bank project by providing a substantial package of the equipment making up the stem cell repository.

The 9000-litre liquid nitrogen bulk storage tank supplying the NIBSC freezer room is equipped with a Thames Cryogenics dewar filling station. Liquid nitrogen is also transferred to the Stem Cell facility via the company's trademark SIVL (super-insulated vacuum piping), from a pair of 240 litre pressurised cylinders with an automated changeover unit which in turn feeds a bank of three vapour phase freezers.

Thames cryogenics supplied the cylinders, the changeover system, the freezers and associated inventory assemblies, together with automated shut-off valves, instrumentation and level controls. Validation protocols developed by Jacobs Engineering for the freezers were run in compliance with EU Good Manufacturing Practice for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (EUc-GMP).

Commenting on the participation of Thames Cryogenics Dr Charles Hunt, Operations Manager for the UK Stem Cell Bank said, \\$quot;Thames Cryogenics have provided the Stem Cell Bank with both expert technical assistance and a first class service, working closely with the bank and the main contractor throughout this important project.\\$quot;

The UK Stem Cell Bank is hosted by the National Institute for Biological Standards & Control (NIBSC) at South Mimms in Hertfordshire, and funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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Thames Cryogenics Ltd
National Institute for Biological Standards & Control