Before moving on to the equipment, Izabela prepares the worksheets with which she plans the precise course of the experiments - and records their results. ”I sometimes run hundreds of reactions in parallel. It is very important to have a precise plan of the process,” she says. Izabela is currently working on the optimization of the Repli-g product range together with her experienced team, which consists of two other Biological Technical Assistants, an application specialist and three scientists. In this specific case, the aim is to improve the QIAGEN product’s performance and manufacturing process.
Projects can be triggered by direct customer requests as well as planned new developments. ”Some customers use our products differently from the way described in the manual. For example, not just for the stabilization of tissue, as originally intended, but also with cells,” explains Izabela. She and her colleagues test these new areas of application in the lab in order to further develop the QIAGEN products.