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OpenCell is a laboratory in London.



OpenCell is primarily used for work related to biochemical and biomolecular activities such as DNA sequencing.[1][not verified in source] It opened to the public in June 2018.[2] The space uses shipping containers to house biotechnology laboratories.[3] The laboratories contain biotechnology equipment including real-time PCR instruments, Plate reader, Opentrons liquid handling robots, flow hoods, non-ducted fume cupboards, -80, -20 and 4C storage, incubators (static/shaking), centrifuges (1ml-50ml refrigerated), and bench space [4]

A person using Opentrons liquid handling robot inside one of the opencell laboratories.

COVID-19 testing


In August 2020, a shipping container laboratory for COVID-19 diagnostics was delivered to the Bailiwick of Jersey.[5][6] The laboratory began processing tests on Tuesday, September 15, with 170 samples, collected from arriving airport passengers, processed within an average of 12 hours. Deputy Medical Officer of Health Dr Ivan Muscat said: “The opening of the covid-19 laboratory is a significant milestone in managing Jersey’s testing requirements."[7]

Dr Ivan Muscat at the shipping container laboratory, which is in a car park near the Airport.


  1. ^ Tandoh, Ruby (13 May 2019). "Ruby Tandoh: how I was turned into a human cheese". The Guardian – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ Ireland, Tom (25 August 2018). "Buildings made from fungi? Meet London's pop-up bio-lab innovators". The Observer – via www.theguardian.com.
  3. ^ Walker, Kenneth T.; Donora, Matthew; Thomas, Anthony; Phillips, Alexander James; Ramgoolam, Krishma; Pilch, Kjara S.; Oberacker, Phil; Jurkowski, Tomasz Piotr; Gosman, Rares Marius; Fleiss, Aubin; Perkins, Alex; MacKenzie, Neil; Zuckerman, Mark; Danovi, Davide; Steiner, Helene; Meany, Thomas (20 May 2020). "CONTAIN: An open-source shipping container laboratory optimised for automated COVID-19 diagnostics". bioRxiv: 2020.05.20.106625. doi:10.1101/2020.05.20.106625. S2CID 218859877 – via www.biorxiv.org.
  4. ^ "LABS & PRICES" – via www.opencell.bio.
  5. ^ "Covid lab with 12-hour turnaround arrives". 12 August 2020 – via www.bailiwickexpress.com.
  6. ^ "A covid-19 laboratory for Jersey—in a shipping container" (PDF). 27 August 2020 – via www.bmj.com.
  7. ^ "WATCH: Rapid lab starts processing covid tests". 17 September 2020 – via www.bailiwickexpress.com.