Here is where we answer the most frequent questions we get from you!
1. Getting to know Testa Center
GE Healthcare is a big company (approx. 54 000 employees) and its Biopharma business (about 6 500). Testa Center is the platform for the Biopharma business to listen, learn, collaborate and do training with academia and small-medium businesses.
In practical work this implies;
- Joining the ecosystem of cutting-edge research and startup innovation.
- Using Testa Center as testing ground for collaborations and projects.
- Learn startup culture by rotation of staff from the Biopharma company to Testa Center.
- Training and professional development of the life science workforce in general.
In general, separation resins are considered consumable, and the project needs to bring its own separation resin into Testa Center.
Testa Center does however have a variety of columns (hardware) which are available to use by projects.
What is the mission: verify innovation, accelerate industrialization, and secure excellence in Bio-process?
In 2016 both GE Healthcare and Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation where reviewing options for accelerating growth for innovative technologies in Bio-pharma. Both parties agreed in 2016 to strike a deal to lower the thresholds into the bio-production by making modern Bio-pharma infrastructure available to the world in a way that benefits academia, small and medium companies developing, testing and verifying bio-production products and technology.
What you generate in Testa Center is yours and yours only.
Testa Center provides its services with no strings attached.
We do not apply contractual rights like “Right of first refusal” or similar and you may perform your project under strict confidentiality.
Yes, Testa Center is an open research facility/test bed. That said, we have a 3rd party project review board and a due diligence process that must be successful before a project can enter a Testa Center lab.
For your information, we cannot accept any projects using radioactive compounds, ex-classed processes or projects with need of a BSL3 or BSL4 controlled environment.
We accept international and global academia, start-up, small-medium-businesses and industries*.
*Laws for international business and trade are applied.
Prior to entering Testa Center there will be a feasibility review, a project plan review and a boarding-protocol.
Access fee includes access to a bio-processing lab including equipment, an office space and shared infrastructure such as lunch room, restrooms, printers and Wi-Fi internet.
The Testa Center default offering includes a pay-as-you-go & as-a-service model for usage of labs and equipment. The Testa Center staff will provide you with help to get your project started.
Consumables, chemicals and resources to your project are not in the offering.
We would love to have you here for a study-visit! We have about 2000 visitors per year!
We arrange tour for groups up to 20 people per tour. One tour is usually 30-90 minutes. We need the names of the participants two business days before the tour. The tour is free. The tour does not include food or transportation. Apply on our site today!
Upstream bio-processing capability from small scale (mL culture volumes) to pilot scale (500 L culture volumes for mammalian cells & 50 L culture volumes for microbial).
For harvest we have batch centrifugation (12 L) and filtration capabilities in pilot scale.
Chromatography capabilities ranges from lab scale to full production scales.
For a more comprehensive list of equipment please see our Instrument List.
Closest airport is Arlanda (ARN) International Airport. (40 mins taxi-ride toTesta Center).
Closest railway station is Uppsala Central Station. (20 mins walk toTesta Center).
Closest bus stop is Uppsala Björkgatan södra. (5 min walk to Testa Center).
Car parking is found at GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Björkgatan 30, Uppsala. (2 mins walk to Testa Center).
We don’t have fax, land-line or mobile phones or laptops for you, sorry.
Smaller standard lab utilities are available, e.g., LAF benches, pH meters, conductivity meters, floor centrifuges, lab bench centrifuges, scales, pumps, welders, spectrophotometer, autoclaves, UPS, fridge, freezer, heating block, water bath, pipettes and general glass ware.
See the full Instrument list of Testa Center.
Media in the labs include:
O2, N2, CO2
Purified Water (RO/EDI)
Tap water (KVMJ)
220 V 50Hz EU-plug compatible Schuko Type C/F outlets IEC 60309 electricity outlets and LAN ethernet network are also avalible.
Tables, chairs, whiteboard with pens, TV/monitor with HDMI connector + several adapters. Wifi network with public internet access.
Other shared resources incuded are: Printer, restrooms, lunch room.
2. Planning a project
On the first day of your arrival, you will get a training and an access card giving you access to Testa Center and your designated lab.
At your convenience, by courier or if you prefer to handle the shipment yourself.
Depending on the booking status of the labs, i.e., if we do not have another client coming in directly after you, the project duration can be extended.
In general, Testa Center want to be as forthcoming and flexible as possible to accommodate all needs.
To get a running start when entering Testa Center a time projected and detailed project plan including process parameters, chemicals, consumables and resources is strongly recommended.
The application consists of about ten general questions about you project, team and purpose E.g. What is the purpose of your Testa Center?
The answers will be reviewed to asses the feasibility of your project.
Please discuss with Testa Center staff so that the Testa Center facility has the required media and electrical sockets for your instrument.
Shipping address is GE Healthcare Life Sciences AB, S12, Verkstadsgatan 2a, SE-75184, Uppsala, Sweden.
Make sure to label the package with “Testa Center, L8”.
Shortest amount of lab time available is one week.
A review needs to take place for any project who are willing to stay more than six months.
Yes. It is possible to stay confidential in Testa Center.
To guarantee safety the Testa Center director must, under a signed one-way NDA, know basic things about your work in the Testa Center labs.
A signed NDA also includes confidentiality in potential conversations with the Testa Center staff.
Projects in need of Bio Safety Level (BLS) 3 or 4 are not allowed in Testa Center. We do not have labs where radioactive compounds or EX-classed processes can be handled.
Bio Safety Level 1 is available.
A sub-population of Bio Safety Level 2 (BSL2) is being commissioned.
Testa Center has capabilities for a both microbial and mammalian processes from start to finish, i.e., from frozen cell bank vial to purified protein.
3. Starting a project
4. Running a project
Yes! But, please tell the staff as you need information about your responsibilities when staying late or over-night.
Don’t find your question? Please tell us right the way!