Wickham Laboratories Ltd - Medical device and pharmaceutical contract testing, research and consultancy

As a GMP/GLP compliant laboratory with over 50 years of experience, Wickham Laboratories Ltd is an established name in the fields of medical device and pharmaceutical contract testing, research and consultancy.

Our mission is to provide expert testing services in assessing safety, quality and efficacy, using the best available science and scientists to deliver exceptional value to our clients and the community.


Wickham Laboratories is assessed under the UK Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Compliance Programme and complies with the principles and guidelines of good manufacturing practice (GMP) with respect to contract analysis of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspect our facilities and quality systems for compliance.

Microbiology testing services

We regularly undertake development work in medical devices to confirm proof of concept, and routinely perform microbiological testing for the pharmaceutical industry, conducting analysis of a wide variety of pharmaceutical products for batch release.

Our microbiology service offerings are divided into four main areas:

1) Quality control testing

  • Microbial limits testing
  • Total aerobic microbial counts
  • Absence of specified pathogens
  • Water testing
  • Bioburden testing
  • Stability testing
  • Sterility testing

2) Validation projects

  • Antimicrobial efficacy testing
  • Biological indicator testing
  • Microbial ingress testing

3) Biocompatibility testing

  • Bacterial endotoxin testing
  • Cytotoxicity testing

4) Microbial Identification

  • Rapid identification via MALDI-ToF (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation - Time of Flight)
  • Traditional identification methods, including API, gram stain, microscopy, morphological analysis and presumptive biochemical tests

Toxicology testing services

Wickham Laboratories has considerable expertise in toxicology testing. We work with human and veterinary pharmaceutical and medical device industries, providing quality control of existing products, registration of new formulations, and research into new medicines and technologies.

Our toxicology services include:

  • Abnormal toxicity testing
  • RPT
  • Potency bioassays

In vitro testing services

Wickham Laboratories recognises the need to implement in vitro testing methods where possible, while maintaining the highest standard of scientific expertise in toxicology testing.

As part of our commitment to reducing the need for animal testing and replacing it with non-animal alternatives, we have a dedicated in vitro research and development division. The main focus of this division is to establish new test systems for use within toxicology and develop in vitro or ex vivo methods to replace some of the testing currently carried out by our toxicology department.

Our in vitro testing services include:

  • Monocyte activation test (MAT)
  • Bacterial endotoxin testing
  • Cytotoxicity testing

Consultancy services

In addition to laboratory and testing services, Wickham Laboratories offers global support and consultancy services relevant to a wide range of medical device and pharmaceutical development and manufacturing concerns.

Our experienced microbiologists can assist clients with cleanroom qualification, validation of water systems and other general microbiological issues encountered in manufacturing environments, including appropriate cleaning practices and identifying contamination sources.

Our consultancy services include:

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Microbial process validation
  • Regulatory support

Customer service

We are a distinctive company, with customer relationship skills that set us apart. Whether we are assisting a start-up company demonstrating proof of concept, or working with a global medical device manufacturer, we recognise the importance of understanding individual client requirements. We provide rapid turnaround for both routine testing and projects, while maintaining our high standard of quality at all stages.

If you would like to discuss your requirements with one of our experts, contact us directly via the Contact Details section below, or by using the Make An Enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

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Contact Details

Wickham Laboratories Ltd
Hoeford Point
Barwell Lane
PO13 0AU
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1329 226600
Email: mail@wickhamlabs.co.uk
URL: www.wickhamlabs.co.uk

Wickham Laboratories’ spacious facilities at Hoeford Point, Gosport, UK.
Sterility testing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals available from Wickham Laboratories, utilising the Merck Millipore Steritest™ system.
Wickham Laboratories offers a wide range of medical device and pharmaceutical testing options.
Rapid microbial identification is available at Wickham Laboratories, using MALDI-ToF Mass Spectrometry to identify bacteria and yeasts (among other organisms) to species level within minutes.
Wickham Laboratories is focused on developing and validating new in vitro testing methods. Current in vitro testing methods offered are Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (endotoxin), Cytotoxicity and the Monocyte Activation Test.
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