Merck Donates Collection to Researchers

Doylestown, PA, January 2012- Tescor has opened a brand new, state-of-the-art bio repository facility at the Bucks County Biotechnology Center in Doylestown offering almost 1200 cubic feet of precise temperature storage at -20°C +/- 1°C.

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. recently donated its entire natural products library to the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, comprised of approximately 100,000 screen-ready extracts which represent about 60% of all known plant genera in the world. Scientists have spent decades scouring the world amassing the natural products that are part of the library, many of which have already contributed to the development of various vaccines and medicines.

Up until this time and for the past 10 years the collection had been stored in a Tescor-designed freezer located in the Merck Rahway, NJ, laboratory facility.

The IHVR has created a separate division, the Natural Products Discovery Institute, to maintain and develop the collection for human benefit. It has made this library available to the National Institutes of Health as well as researchers around the world. It hopes that the facility will become a research destination of choice for experimentalist, entrepreneurial scientists from all over the country.

Although the natural products collection will occupy the majority of the freezer space, approximately 400 square feet of shelf space is available to any biotech company looking to reduce the burdens of maintaining, storing and monitoring biological samples.

The Tescor freezer features a redundant refrigeration system with back-up generator, temperature monitoring and controlled, authorized access. Contact sales@tescor-inc.com for a price quotation and space availability.