Outfitting the Life Sciences with the Tools of the Trade

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(DGIwire) — The word “hospitality” literally means “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers.” We tend to think of hospitality in terms of staying at a hotel or eating in a restaurant. Many times, though, we forget about the actual root of the word—hospital. Usually, if we find ourselves in a hospital, it’s a tense time. Maybe we’re waiting for a loved one to get out of surgery; maybe we’re going in for surgery ourselves. Or perhaps we’re visiting someone who’s there for an extended stay due to a long-term illness. Even for a happy reason such as childbirth, there’s still the waiting around, the pacing, the uncertainty. This is why hospitality in hospitals is paramount.

Even if there’s bad news in the air, cordial staffs and clean facilities can make all the difference, especially at hospitals that deal mainly with pediatrics. One hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, recently gained accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on results of a recent onsite inspection and walkthrough of its Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The facility’s director, Robert W. Doms, M.D, Ph.D., was congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.

This goes to show that the best hospitals—including those that are most “hospitable” to their patients—require their labs to be stocked with the best, most cutting-edge technology in the field. Founded in 1901, Holliston, MA-based Harvard Bioscience is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialized products, primarily apparatus and scientific instruments, used to advance life science research at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and government laboratories worldwide. The company sells its cutting edge equipment and other products to thousands of researchers in more than 100 countries.

“Our goal is to become the leading provider for life science research labs and hospitals around the world,” said Jeffrey A. Duchemin, President and CEO of Harvard Bioscience. “We are aiming to outfit the brightest minds working in hospitals and laboratories with the best equipment—and in so doing, equip them with the tools to make the next breakthrough discovery.”