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Scientist on November 11, 2021

This installment of Supplier Spotlight® is on RSSL, a world-leading CRO that provides analytical testing, research and development, consultancy and training services.

What is your company’s mission?
Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is an award-winning Contract Research Organization (CRO), providing analytical services, product development and training to the pharmaceutical, food and consumer goods sectors. We believe in our mission of science enhancing lives. We evolve, anticipate emerging trends, identify new opportunities and rapidly innovate to provide the services and technology to exceed client expectations. We always strive for better, investing in our team and using science and innovation to build a smarter, safer and more sustainable world.

What products and services do you offer?
RSSL prides itself in offering a broad, comprehensive range of services under one roof to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, healthcare and food/consumer goods sectors.
These include:

  • Global analytical emergency response 24/7
  • Pharmacopeial testing
  • Problem solving and contaminant identification
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Stability storage, management and testing
  • Method development and validation
  • Biopharmaceutical analysis
  • Extractables and leachables testing
  • Nitrosamines testing
  • Cleaning validation
  • Physical and structural characterization
  • GMP QC analysis
  • Training and consultancy
  • Allergen management
  • R&D support
  • Authenticity assessment
  • Functional food and ingredient analysis
  • Product development

What problems do you solve?
With a broad range of services all under one roof and a multidisciplinary team of scientists, we have the technology and expertise to meet your every analytical and developmental need, which we can tailor to your requirements. We monitor industry trends and regulatory developments, develop new services and provide guidance to clients. From routine testing and analysis, to providing time critical assistance through our Emergency Response Service (ERS), we provide unwavering support and a service trusted by thousands of clients all over the world.

What are the most innovative tools and technologies that you offer?
Through our horizon planning program, we look ahead and anticipate industry needs so that we can evolve and adapt our services accordingly. Some of our innovative technologies include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometry, confocal Raman microscopy, Computed Tomography (CT), Amino Acid Analyser (AAA), X-ray powder diffraction, Maldi-TOF, our sterility suite, TQ and TOF-LC/MS, to name but a few.

What are your competitive advantages?
Our people, our forward-thinking culture and our resilience combine to make RSSL unique and provides an unparalleled competitive edge.

Who are your clients?
We are proud to have over 3,000 clients in more than 80 countries, ranging from start-ups to global corporations, across the food and pharmaceutical industries.

What new products and services are you developing in 2022?
We are continuously expanding our services and our analytical suite — 2021 saw us enhance our Investigative and Quality Control (QC) capabilities with the installation of a new 600 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer as well as a state of the art, research-grade confocal Raman microscope. We have also started a new packaging and safety assurance offering and are expanding our extractables and leachables testing into medical device safety.

Where are your laboratories and offices located?
We are located in Reading and Wokingham in South East England. Well situated and easily accessible, we are proud to offer our services both locally and globally to a range of clients across food and pharma industries.