The UK Stem Cell Bank has been equipped with a complete liquid nitrogen distribution system supplied by Thames Cryogenics. The package is comprised of a bulk storage tank, super-insulated vacuum piping and biological freezers.

Thames Cryogenics has supplied a complete liquid nitrogen distribution system to the UK Stem Cell Bank. It is the world's first stem cell bank of its type, and has the potential to provide enormous advances in clinical therapy.

Thames Cryogenics, in association with the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), has contributed to development of the UK Stem Cell Bank project by supplying 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 feeds 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 (EU-cGMP).

Commenting on the participation of Thames Cryogenics, Dr Charles Hunt, Operations Manager for the UK Stem Cell Bank said, \\$quot;Thames Cryogenics has 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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