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Our Pastette 40th Anniversary Winners – Harefield Hospital

Kelly Devine and her colleagues from the Immunosuppression Monitoring Laboratory at Harefield Hospital were the lucky winners of a Tassimo Coffee Machine in our Golden Ticket Giveaway for the 40th Anniversary of Pastette®.

Here’s what they had to say about Alpha Laboratories’ Pastettes:

“We have been using plastic transfer pipettes for over 20 years to decant our extracted blood samples for drug analysis by mass spectrometry.

We also use them for removing plasma/serum from our spun samples.

We expect high quality pipettes and started ordering Pastette from Alpha Laboratories three years ago when the company we were using let us down.

We have not looked back; Alpha customer service is excellent – ordering is quick and easy, they always deliver on time and the prices are very competitive.”


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The Record Breaking Pastette® User

The Record Breaking Pastette® UserAs part of the 40th anniversary celebrations for Pastette® we asked who has been using them the longest?

We have a winner!




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Quick and Simple Measured Transfers at Cwm Taf UHB Clinical Biochemistry (Graduated Pastettes)

The reason we like the Pastettes is mainly due to the graduation marks, which are great for aliquoting liquids to a rough measure in equal quantities.“We have been using the Alpha Laboratories 1ml Pastettes (LW4040) for a number of years and are very pleased with the product.

The reason we like the Pastettes is mainly due to the graduation marks, which are great for aliquoting liquids to a rough measure in equal quantities. They are also very easy to use and to dispose of.”

Rebecca Hopson
Deputy Services Manager – Prince Charles Hospital

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Bristol Genetics Laboratory (Graduated & Fine Tip Pastettes)

The use of Pastettes at Bristol Genetics Laboratory

The use of Pastettes at Bristol Genetics Laboratory.

Bristol Genetics Laboratory (BGL) provides a comprehensive genetics service comprising of both molecular and cytogenetic analysis to primarily the South West but also to the rest of the UK and internationally. (more…)

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Graduated Pastettes Provide Accuracy and Convenience For Robertet UK Ltd

Graduated Pastettes Provide Accuracy and Convenience For Robertet UK Ltd

“The 1ml Graduated Pastette (Pasteur or plastic pipette) provides the precision needed”.  “We use a lot of Pastettes on a daily basis”  “Graduated Pastettes provide accuracy and convenience.”

The Robertet Group is a specialist company whose principal activities are the production and distribution of raw materials, flavours and fragrances.

Tony Jukes, Manufacturing Operations Manager, told us:

“In the applications laboratory here, we formulate trial batches of fragrances that are under development, for customers to test in their required applications. We work to very precise formulations, occasionally using up to 70 different raw materials for each trial batch. These components are often very expensive with some raw materials costing up to £20,000 per Kg. We cannot afford to waste any, so the accuracy of dispensing is essential. We have found that the 1ml graduated Pastette provides the precision that we need for this task.


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Bristol Royal Infirmary (Extended Fine Tip Mini Pastettes)

Pastettes_in_Clinical_BiochemistryExtended Fine Tip Mini Pastettes used by Bristol Royal Infirmary.

The Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Bristol Royal Infirmary is a busy clinical laboratory processing around 1800 samples each day.

Samples arrive both directly from the hospital and from local GP surgeries. The  laboratory offers a full range of blood tests and most of these are processed through automated systems.

Some are still handled manually because they are either too complex to automate, or there is insufficient sample throughput to make it cost effective to automate.

Around 40 paediatric samples are received daily from the hospitals wards and outpatient services.


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Plymouth Algal Collection (Fine Tip, Graduated & Jumbo Pastettes)

Using a Pastette to drop algal culture onto a microscope slide

“Under a microscope a drop of the algae sample is added to a drop of culture media using an extended fine tip mini pastette.”

The Algal Culture Collection in Plymouth was founded over 100 years ago and the very first culture started at the centre is still alive and well today.

Around 500 different strains of algae of the 40,000 species known worldwide are maintained in the Plymouth laboratory. Forty of these were isolated at this laboratory.

Samples arrive at the laboratory from any algae of interest including harmful algal blooms. Under a microscope a drop of the algae sample is added to a drop of culture media using an extended fine tip mini pastette.

The samples are grown up and the process repeated until a pure culture is achieved.The collection originally grew cultures to supply fish farms to feed larvae and shellfish.Today algae is widely recognised as an important organism in our ecosystem.


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Wildlife Aid Centre (Fine Tip Pastettes)

This baby blue tit is finding that Alpha Pastettes make a good substitute for mum.

The use of Pastettes at The Wildlife Aid Centre.

Into The Mouths of Babes – Pastettes help British Wildlife get the best start in life.

This baby blue tit is finding that Alpha Pastettes make a good substitute for mum.

The Wildlife Aid Centre is often busy rescuing orphaned baby birds. They have discovered that the Small Volume Fine Tip Pastettes are ideal for providing water.

With small baby birds the windpipe is close to the front of the mouth. It is essential to avoid this when putting water into the mouths or they could drown.


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