Cambridge Scientists Mend Broken Hearts

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Heart attacks are devastating, even for those who survive. During myocardial infarction, your heart is temporarily deprived of oxygen and the resulting tissue damage is impossible to reverse. A weak heart affects quality of life, not to mention your chances of surviving the next cardiac event. Scientists at the University of Cambridge, a Priorclave partner, … Continue reading “Cambridge Scientists Mend Broken Hearts”

Virginia Tech Develops New Therapies to Treat the Most Aggressive Brain Cancers

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Glioblastomas are unrelenting. About half of those diagnosed with this highly malignant form of brain cancer die within two years of diagnosis. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Tackles Hard Problems Priorclave partner Virginia Tech is pursuing new therapies to treat people with gliobastomas at its Carilion Research Institute. Michael J. Friedlander, founding executive director of the … Continue reading “Virginia Tech Develops New Therapies to Treat the Most Aggressive Brain Cancers”

Neurology Research Turning the Tide of Opioid Abuse

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Drug overdoses now kill Americans at a faster rate than car accidents, with opioid abuse largely to blame. Almost 100 Americans die each day from overdoses of heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and morphine. Sadly, most of the people struggling with addiction are ashamed to reach out for help because of lingering misconceptions that categorize … Continue reading “Neurology Research Turning the Tide of Opioid Abuse”

University Microbiology Research Fights Unseen Battles

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From Chagas disease to antibiotic resistant bacteria, Priorclave’s customers are doing important research in modern disease. Battling Antibiotic Resistance at the DNA Level The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology at Birkbeck, University of London—in partnership with the University College London—were the first group to examine the entire structure of Tral, a relaxase protein. Relaxase … Continue reading “University Microbiology Research Fights Unseen Battles”

The Most Brutal Threat to American Food Production

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The news can talk a blue streak about GMOs and honey bee colony collapse, but the major 21st Century threat to agricultural production and food security is a problem as old as agriculture: soil salinity. Removing water from the soil (for example, through crop growth or evaporation) always leaves behind salts, which most plants don’t … Continue reading “The Most Brutal Threat to American Food Production”

Genetically Modified Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Scientific

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Many promises are made about genetically modified (GM) food, but the facts still wait to be proven — either way. For example, GM soybean oil was touted as healthier, but a joint study by UC Riverside and UC Davis demonstrated that these claims were marginal at best: Results indicate that GM soybean oil is just … Continue reading “Genetically Modified Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Scientific”

Taking on Zoonotic Disease

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Even more so than human medical research, veterinary medical research has a wide range of facets, from investigating how to best alleviate the pain and suffering of individual animals, to addressing public health concerns raised by zoonosis (disease that can be transmitted between humans and other animals), to the economic effects created by a scarcity … Continue reading “Taking on Zoonotic Disease”

Rare Disease in Dogs Helps Us Better Understand Ourselves

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Sometimes your pet is sick and you don’t know why. They can’t tell you. They might show you in vague ways, such as eating less, sleeping more, scratching too much, or coughing occasionally. No one wants to over-react, but by the time you make it to the vet it could be too late for intervention. … Continue reading “Rare Disease in Dogs Helps Us Better Understand Ourselves”

Has Your School Built a LEED-Certified Lab Yet?

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Many university labs are faced with the debate to build new or renovate. Buildings that predate the 1990s can be an uphill battle for lab renovations, given low ceilings, small rooms, antiquated HVAC, and few ADA accommodations. Luckily structures built since the 1990s, when the US enacted national building codes, are much easier to renovate, … Continue reading “Has Your School Built a LEED-Certified Lab Yet?”

Don’t Flush Your Lab’s Budget — Recycle Water to Save Money

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Labs that use animals in their research do A LOT of cage washing — and that’s not just water down the drain, but money too. Ditto with single pass water for autoclaving and cooling. With the conservation of resources in mind—and the budget—some labs are closing the loop and finding ways to reuse water safely, … Continue reading “Don’t Flush Your Lab’s Budget — Recycle Water to Save Money”

Priorclave North America Announces New President, New Directions

Barbra Wells, President and CEO, Priorclave North America

Priorclave North America (PNA) is pleased to announce that Barbra Wells has been named their President and CEO. Wells had served for the last year as PNA CEO, spearheading the expansion of the North American arm of Priorclave Ltd.—one of the world’s leading manufacturers of research-grade laboratory autoclaves.   Tony Collins, Managing Director of Priorclave … Continue reading “Priorclave North America Announces New President, New Directions”

The FDA Goes to Bat for Public Health

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Major American food manufacturer ConAgra was slapped with the US’s largest criminal food safety fine on December 13, 2016. ConAgra has been ordered to pay an $8 million fine and $3.2 million in asset forfeiture for shipping Peter Pan peanut butter infected with Salmonella. This outbreak occurred in 2006-07 and affected at least 700 people in … Continue reading “The FDA Goes to Bat for Public Health”

Food Safety Inspection Is the Front Line of Public Health

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Check your reservations; tonight might be a night to dine at home. A few minutes of googling can save you a long, dark night (try searching “restaurant inspection reports” and the name of your county). As just one example, Oregon’s food safety inspection backlog is getting bigger every month, leaving the public vulnerable to a … Continue reading “Food Safety Inspection Is the Front Line of Public Health”

Pet Food Manufacturers Avoid Recalls with Good QA

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Pets are part of the family: We buy them comfortable beds, fun toys, treats from bakeries, and the best food we can afford. Unfortunately, the shortcuts taken by some pet food manufacturers have led to improperly treated food that can harbor pathogens, like salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. Pets are sometimes sickened—and so are the … Continue reading “Pet Food Manufacturers Avoid Recalls with Good QA”

Lightbulbs Alone Aren’t Going to Save Us 20% by 2020

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Universities, like homeowners, are saving money on their energy bills by switching to LED bulbs. Kansas University recently replaced 4,500 bulbs across campus, an effort that’s expected to net the institution an annual savings of more than $61,000. And that’s just lightbulbs. Northwestern University is taking part in the 90-day Energy Star challenge this autumn with … Continue reading “Lightbulbs Alone Aren’t Going to Save Us 20% by 2020”

100 Autoclaves and Counting!

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Five years ago we set out on a mission: to deliver the best laboratory autoclaves and services in North America. Today, we’re proud to announce we’ve completed an important milestone in that journey: our 100th North American installation at E Green Americas in Plymouth, Minnesota. We achieved this goal while maintaining a 100% Customer Satisfaction … Continue reading “100 Autoclaves and Counting!”

In the Wrong Hands, Jet Dryers Do More Harm than Good

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What’s grosser than gross? Turns out it may not be that guy who didn’t wash his hands after using the restroom. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology reports that jet dryers (such as the Dyson Airblade) spread more germs than warm air dryers or paper towels. Rather than being a solution that is … Continue reading “In the Wrong Hands, Jet Dryers Do More Harm than Good”

Food Truck Food Safety: On the Road to Redemption

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Can you trust the nosh you buy from food trucks? Once known as “roach coaches,” the twenty-first century marks a new era for food trucks. But have they shed their bad reputation faster than their bad habits? Customers are flocking to food trucks, many of which embrace a notoriously haute cuisine menu in a remarkably small footprint. … Continue reading “Food Truck Food Safety: On the Road to Redemption”

Curbing Climate Change: Having the Resolve to Use the Technology

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In late April the Wall Street Journal reported that 175 countries had signed the Paris Agreement. These nations (which include Canada, Mexico, and the United States) are committing themselves to keeping global average temperature increase well below 2°C, and supporting technology that increases climate resilience and decreases greenhouse gas emissions (without threatening food production).  Most importantly, … Continue reading “Curbing Climate Change: Having the Resolve to Use the Technology”

GM Food Safety Testing Safeguards Against Allergies

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It’s not science fiction: Genetically modified (GM) food has been on the market for twenty-two years. Nonetheless, debates about safety for human consumption are far from settled. The World Health Organization has outlined the major concerns addressed in GM food safety testing, namely allergenicity, gene transfer within humans, and outcrossing between plants. In the PBS documentary … Continue reading “GM Food Safety Testing Safeguards Against Allergies”

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of US Food Safety

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Germs are everywhere. Keeping the dangerous ones out of our stomachs is the explicit job of manufacturer food safety testing programs. With the abundance of technology available for testing and treatment, why are we faced with multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria? For example, there have been four recalls of pistachios in the … Continue reading “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of US Food Safety”

Research-Grade Autoclaves Are the Future of Sustainability in Labs

Research-Grade Autoclaves Are the Future of Sustainability in Labs

Priorclave North America is proud to be an exhibitor at this year’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC). Our research-grade autoclaves are part of a sustainable future for higher ed labs, especially with the continuing rise of energy consumption and costs. People are looking for ways to use less electricity, gas, and water — whether from a … Continue reading “Research-Grade Autoclaves Are the Future of Sustainability in Labs”

Priorclave 2015 I2SL Conference Sponsorship

Priorclave 2015 I2SL Conference Sponsorship

Priorclave NA is proud to announce its support of the International Institute of Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) through sponsorship of the organization’s Annual Conference, to be held in San Diego, California September 21st through the 23rd. We applaud the great work of I2SL! “The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is devoted to the principles of … Continue reading “Priorclave 2015 I2SL Conference Sponsorship”

Priorclave Earns ETL Listing With Third Edition Certification

Priorclave Earns ETL Listing With Third Edition Certification

Priorclave Ltd., one of the United Kingdom’s leading manufacturers of laboratory autoclaves, is pleased to announce that they have earned ETL Certification in the US and Canada. Going a step further, Priorclave also met the stringent new 61010-1 3rd Edition standards. This puts Priorclave years ahead of other manufacturers in terms of electrical engineering and safety. … Continue reading “Priorclave Earns ETL Listing With Third Edition Certification”

My Green Lab Corporate Sponsorship

My Green Lab Corporate Sponsorship

My Green Lab is pleased to announce that Priorclave NA is now an official corporate sponsor. Priorclave NA has been at the forefront of the conversation around right-sized equipment for laboratories, specifically advising laboratories to consider research-grade autoclaves instead of medical-grade ones whenever possible. They have also worked closely with S-Lab in the UK to demonstrate the … Continue reading “My Green Lab Corporate Sponsorship”

Priorclave North America – Our 50th Install!

Priorclave North America - Our 50th Install!

We are proud to announce that we have completed our 50th North American autoclave installation, and pleased to have done so at historic Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia—an institution distinguished by its 174-year commitment to critical thinking and collaborative learning. Bethany College places a high premium on close collaboration between students and faculty. Unfortunately, … Continue reading “Priorclave North America – Our 50th Install!”

Successful British Autoclave Manufacturer Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Successful British Autoclave Manufacturer Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Priorclave Ltd., one of the United Kingdom’s leading manufacturers of laboratory autoclaves, is pleased to celebrate their 25th Anniversary this month. Since first opening their doors in 1988, they have shipped nearly 5,000 steam sterilizers worldwide from their southeast London facility. Founder and Chairman Charles Prior is a firm believer in the unimpeachable quality of … Continue reading “Successful British Autoclave Manufacturer Celebrates 25th Anniversary”

Priorclave Earns ASME Stamp

Priorclave Earns ASME Stamp

Priorclave Ltd., one of the United Kingdom’s leading manufacturers of laboratory autoclaves, is pleased to announce they have been awarded an ASME Section VIII, Division 1, “U” stamp for the manufacture of pressure vessels at their London facility. Any device bearing an American Society of Mechanical Engineers stamp has been independently verified to fully conform … Continue reading “Priorclave Earns ASME Stamp”

Priorclave Wins New Export Orders

Priorclave Wins New Export Orders

Scientist Live Covers Priorclave’s Activity In The World Autoclave Market For British autoclave manufacturer Priorclave export plays a key and increasingly active role to its overall business growth, currently enjoying major success throughout Asia and the Middle East. Recently it was awarded a United Arab Emirates contract to supply 27, compact C40 steam sterilizers from … Continue reading “Priorclave Wins New Export Orders”

Priorclave Installation Recognized for Dramatic Energy Savings at York University

Priorclave Installation Recognized for Dramatic Energy Savings at York University Priorclave Labratory Installation

Laboratorytalk has praised Priorclave for their recent laboratory installation of a 450 liter autoclave in the Biology Department at York University. The installation has helped to cut energy costs and make their sterilization processes more efficient. Water usage has been reduced by over 90% and a savings in salt has been marked at 92% making … Continue reading “Priorclave Installation Recognized for Dramatic Energy Savings at York University”

Priorclave Ships 72 Autoclaves to Africa

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Priorclave Ltd has dispatched 72 autoclaves believed to be the largest order for autoclaves ever received by a British company, they are intended for hospitals and healthcare center throughout Zambia. The last consignment of 12 units represents the final phased shipment of an order for 72 top-loading, 150L capacity steam sterilizers with built in high … Continue reading “Priorclave Ships 72 Autoclaves to Africa”