UK Chancellor, George Osborne, visits LGC
05 Jan 2015
Last Friday (2 Jan), LGC welcomed Chancellor George Osborne, at its headquarter offices in Teddington.
Derek Craston, Chief Scientific Officer, and Euan O’Sullivan, Managing Director Standards Division, led the laboratory visit. The Chancellor was shown LGC’s inorganic research lab, where reference materials are produced for a variety of sectors, including clinical, food and food supplements and (bio)pharmaceutical industries.
In LGC’s DNA measurement laboratory, the Chancellor saw a demonstration of LGC’s proprietary innovation, ParaDNATM technology, which is a novel DNA profiling technology, that delivers profile information in 75 minutes to enable investigative leads and intelligent prioritisation of samples in the field of forensics. The technology also has the potential to identify patients’ response to certain drug treatment and therefore allowing improvement to the drug treatment regime.
Derek Craston said: ‘We were proud to show the Chancellor the fundamental part that our reference materials play in enabling trade and innovation through their role in validating key measurement data and ensuring its acceptance across the world. Furthermore, we are pleased to have been able to use the power of modern advances in DNA research to offer the potential of developing more personalised medicines for the future, enabling faster crime resolution, and developing new drought and pest resistant crops for more challenging agricultural environment.’