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Aquila-Histoplex Named First Certified European Service Provider by Advanced Cell Diagnostics

publication date: Nov 17, 2014
author/source: Advanced Cell Diagnostics

UK-Based Aquila-Histoplex to provide ACD’s industry-leading RNA ISH

image 001Aquila-Histoplex, a contract research organisation specialised in histological and multiplex staining technologies, was today announced as the first accredited RNAscope® Certified Service Provider in Europe by Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc. (ACD), a technology and market leader in the field of molecular pathology and developer of cell and tissue-based analysis tools.

Aquila-Histoplex focuses on multiplex molecular tissue probing using techniques such as immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence or TUNEL and has over 2 years’ experience of performing the RNAscope assay for academic and commercial research sectors. “RNAscope is a perfect tool for completing our portfolio and we are delighted to be the first European service provider to be accredited by ACD” explained Mike Millar, CEO of Aquila-Histoplex. “As we provide commercial, clinical and academic research laboratories with bespoke, small to medium sized projects requiring specialist molecular multiplex staining and immunohistochemistry techniques – the addition of RNAscope as the market-leading RNA in situ hybridisation technology ensures that we can provide our clients with the highest quality RNA ISH data.”

Advanced Cell Diagnostics’ RNAscope assays represent a major technological advance for in situ RNA detection. For the first time, robust single RNA molecule detection is available for formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue, offering quantitative molecular detection with morphological context in a single assay. Since their commercialisation three years ago, these assays have been adopted across the globe by major pharma biotech companies and leading research institutions for drug discovery, translational research, and the development of clinical and companion diagnostic tests.

Advanced Cell Diagnostics’ Certified Service Provider Program is a collaborative service partnership dedicated to ensuring the delivery of the highest-quality RNA in situ hybridisation data available using the RNAscope Assay. “ACD's certification provides a competitive advantage for service providers and ensures that customers who use services from ACD's Certified Service Providers receive the industry-leading RNA ISH data quality and service they have come to expect from ACD. Aquila-Histoplex has demonstrated superior knowledge on performing the RNAscope assay and we are pleased to announce them as our first European Certified Service Provider” said Dr Steve Chen, Chief Operating Officer of ACD. 

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