Unity Lab Services, part of Thermo Fisher, performs more than 12 laboratory facilities services, offering scientific support to NCRC researchers and research administrators. This includes everything from handling bio-hazardous waste to glass washing, autoclave, and laundry service to delivering mail and packages, and they recently added dry ice storage to their offerings. This year the Unity team, under NCRC Research Services, washed or autoclaved 14,216 items within a six-month window—with only three breakages. Incoming packages are delivered within a two hour window each weekday, and the specialized courier services assures research of safe and compliant transport of their samples to various U of M campus locations.
Researchers trust ULS, so it was a natural next step for ULS to start the Sample Transport Courier Service this year, making movement of samples between U-M labs more reliable and efficient. Research Services and ULS are looking for ways to continue expanding their service offerings in 2014 and 2015. If you are interested in learning more about ULS, contact them at NCRClabservices@umich.edu.