SGS, a leading bio/pharmaceutical, analytical and bioanalytical contract solutions provider, today announced that it is introducing a Sanger sequencing service at its Glasgow, UK, laboratory, to support genetic stability testing and perform identity testing on cell banks, plasmids, and viral seeds/vectors.


The new service, which will be available under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions, is supported by an investment in ABI Life Technologies’ validated 3500xl DNA sequencing technology. The service is now available to clients from December 2017.

Sanger sequencing is a method of DNA sequencing based on the selective incorporation of chain-terminating deoxynucleotides by DNA polymerase during in vitro DNA replication. The technology has a broad range of applications including cell bank characterization, virus seed and plasmid identity testing and genetic stability testing of cell banks. The service will complement existing services for this testing, to provide comprehensive analysis and characterization solutions for clients involved in the production and manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products.

“Biopharmaceutical manufacturing is evolving and growing at an incredible pace, but the focus of both clients and regulators is on the assurance of quality and the safety of patients,” commented Dr. Archie Lovatt, Scientific Director. “By investing in the sequencing equipment and integrating this new service into our laboratories, we are expanding and complementing our capabilities, ensuring that SGS can offer its partners the widest range of skills, services, expertise and experience.”

The Glasgow facility was incorporated into SGS in 2012, after the acquisition of Vitrology Limited, a biopharmaceutical contract testing organization specializing in the biosafety testing sector of the pharmaceutical industry. The facility underwent expansion in 2014, adding an additional 500 m² of laboratory space.

With 20 laboratories offering contract analytical and bioanalytical services, SGS leverages its wholly-owned global network, present in North America, Europe, and Asia, to deliver harmonized solutions to large pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. In addition to testing services for the bio/pharmaceutical market, SGS also provides Phase I-IV clinical trial management, and services encompassing data management and statistics, PK/PD modeling and simulation, pharmacovigilance and regulatory consultancy.

For further information, please contact:

Philippe Grimm
Business Development Director    
SGS Agriculture, Food and Life
t: +44 (0) 141 952 0022

Richard Kerns
SGS Glasgow President
t: +44 (0) 161 728 5880

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SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.