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How are research islets allocated?

Human islets are in high demand. To ensure a fair an equitable distribution of islets we allocate the cells to research centres based on an in-house created allocation algorithm. The algorithm integrates the amount of time that a centre has been waiting for islets, with the specific islet characteristics that are required by the centre. For example, centres are able to comment of the minimum viability, purity and number of islets that are required for their experiments. The algorithm calculates the centre(s) that will be offered the preparation based on these criteria. The use of a distribution algorithm ensures that islets are adequately matched to end user requirements, whilst ensuing that allocation is objective, fair, and effective. It is also possible for researchers to express interest in islets from specific donor demographics (i.e. donors within a specific age or BMI range).


Who do we ship islets to?

We ship our human islets to a range of research centres throughout the UK. We also service centres in mainland Europe. Transit can range from 2 to 36 hours depending on the end users location. We have received a 95% positive feedback rating from our centres over the last 2 years, which reflects our commitment to provide our centres with high quality islets for their experiments.