On Wednesday, 17th September 2014, leading British custom peptide and antibody provider Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB) welcomed guests to 'the Gardner Ratcliffe Building' for its prestigious Official Opening Ceremony. The brand new state of the art facility which spans over 10,000 square feet, was purchased in late 2013, completely refurbished and equipped with laboratory and office space as part of CRB’s £1M
investment programme. This was supported in part by a keenly contested ‘Let’s Grow’ grant worth £65,000 to help fund R&D projects that create or safeguard jobs in the North East of England.
The building, which also houses a brand new cell culture suite, was officially named after two long standing and highly esteemed collaborators, Dr Steven J. Ratcliffe of GlaxoSmithKline and Dr Joseph Gardner of Pfizer. Professor Gillian Griffiths (Director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research - CIMR) performed the ribbon cutting ceremony and gave an illuminating talk on her use of antibodies.
A welcome introduction was given by CRB's Commercial and Operations Directors Emily Humphrys and Alison White respectively. This was followed by a presentation by Technical Manager Dr Laurent Caron, which provided the guests with an overview of peptide chemistry.
Guests then enjoyed a tour of the peptide and immunology laboratories featuring demonstrations of key techniques performed by the in-house team of highly skilled chemists and biologists.