Introducing Next-Generation Preconception Screening by GenePeeks
AGBL LABS™ introduces next-generation preconception screen empowered by GenePeeks that analyzes genetic risk in male/female parings for more than 1000 genetic diseases. The screen is available to patients, healthcare providers and laboratories in the Middle East and Africa for clinical applications including premarital screening, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis for in-vitro fertilization.
The preconception screen uses GenePeeks’ patented technology, which digitally combines the genetic information of two potential parents, simulating the complex genetic interactions that occur naturally in human reproduction. The company’s proprietary platform creates and analyzes thousands of Virtual Progeny to uncover disease risk that cannot be seen with alternative screening tools.
AGBL LABS™ at MEDLAB 2017
Author: Simona Maciotta
Designation: Product Manager – Genomics and AGBL LABS™ Services
January and February is the moment of the big events here in Dubai and like every year, AGBL decided to go big at MEDLAB! This doesn’t actually sounds really familiar, right? You actually have a point…indeed MEDLAB was previously part of Arab health and in 2017 for the first time the two events were split: Arab Health happened from 26th Jan to 1st Feb offering an incredible platform to network with a range of visitors and experts across the fields of healthcare including medical manufacturers, general practitioners, hospital doctors, managers, nursing staff, technical managers, laboratory managers, physiotherapists, medical assistants and distributors. MEDLAB instead occurred from 6th to 9th Feb and focused on the field of laboratory medicine and diagnostics where pathologists and laboratory professionals could share their knowledge and experiences; by providing access to education and networking opportunities, MEDLAB aimed to improve laboratory practices and patient care as well as expanding upon the laboratory medicine community.
This year we had re-designed the booth and I believe a majority of AGBLers and suppliers liked it more!! We had only one welcoming area hosting all our divisions and two meeting rooms where we could host our customers, distributors and supplier for private meetings. For the first time we created a dedicated corner for the AGBL LABS™ and it was designed to resemble a laboratory-like environment: the graphics was a picture of AGBLers at work in the lab with real dimensions, we also showcased the AGBL branded lab coats (we actually got a lot of leads for purchasing our lab coats!!!) and we had a slideshow of the lab activities. We organized a lucky draw to win an NGS course which was a big success with a total of 150 people registered: 9 from King Saudi, 9 from Levant, 102 from GCC and 29 from the rest of MEAA. Since the lab started its activity last year, we have generated 421 qualified contacts and the lucky draw actually increased the list of potential customers for AGBL LABS™ training courses by 35%!!! Eventually the winner of the lucky was a students from University of Sharjah and the award was a seat for the up-coming NGS Lite course!!
In order to make the most out of the lucky draw marketing activity, after MEDLAB I personally called the 102 registrants from GCC, out of which 83 confirmed their interest in the training courses: 25 contacts were university students and the remaining were lab technicians willing to improve their CV and lab skill by attending our Molecular Biology Technique and NGS Lite courses. Still a lot of work has to be done to close these leads but it is a good starting point!!!
The up-coming events where AGBL LABS™ team will promote the training courses will be the career fairs organized by Manipal University and by Dubai Science Park in April: we are ready to set up our AGBL LAB™ booth with branded roll ups and brochures and to promote the Molecular Biology Techniques and NGS Lite courses to new students!!! We will also start promoting the courses by going to each University and distributing fliers to students!!!
All in all we see a very bright year ahead for AGBL LABS™.
AGBL Labs helds its first NGS Technique I course
The first NGS Techniques I course was held at AGBL’s Center of Excellence on the 14th – 17th of November. The course was a great success and we look forward to holding more courses very soon, for more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below for some pictures from the training:
AGBL inaugurated it’s Center of Excellence (AGBL Labs) on the 17th of October 2016
AGBL LABS™ was successfully inaugurated on the 17th of October 2016. The event was marked by some very distinguished guests from Illumina. After the inauguration there was a small gathering in the office for the entire staff and our guests.This event was a very important landmark in the AGBL journey, please see below for some pictures from the event.
AGBL launched The Molecular Biology Techniques I Course for the third time on the 15th – 17th of August 2016
AGBL LABS™ successfully ran for the third time on the 15th – 17th of August the course in Molecular Biology Techniques I. Please see the pictures below. There will be more courses to be launched very soon.
AGBL launched The Molecular Biology Techniques I Course on 3rd of April
AGBL LABS™ successfully ran on the 3rd of April the first course in Molecular Biology Techniques I. In this course trainees learned the basic techniques of applied molecular biology, their use in laboratory practice and troubleshooting. The course combined lectures, theoretical sessions and practical classes in order to provide the trainees with the best-practices in applied molecular biology. Our trainers included both Application Scientists and Application Specialists with international experience in Genomics and Molecular Biology. The course will be launched again at the end of May 2016.
Check out the pics and interview from our trainees…