Imagine how frustrated and disappointed you could be if faced with the following: you have exerted much effort , time, and resources to set up an advanced research center, equipped it with a passionate, enthusiastic, and determined team of researchers who are engaged in turning Hospital 57357 into a world –steering locomotive in pediatric oncology research. You are finally changing the mindset of the entire 57357 organization and you are spreading the culture of research throughout the institution convincing them of the inevitability of relying on research for improving cure rates and quality of life of your patients. While all of this is happening, your researchers find themselves idle and handicapped as they are not supplied with the necessary basic components or reagents instrumental to conducting their research.
he procurement of these reagents from Egyptian suppliers is getting more and more complicated. “Sometimes it takes months before they are supplied and their cost is rising tremendously, explains Dr Shahenda Elnaggar, Head of 57357’s research Department. When you compare prices locally with those quoted abroad for the same items, even with the recent Egyptian Pound devaluation, some of these components are twice or three times less expensive in the U.S. or in Canada, she added. Moreover, my colleagues are frustrated as they are faced with situations where their work is interrupted for months as local suppliers are unable to import them a timely manner.
“Thanks to ECN Canada supporters, we were able to receive the needed reagents within a record time of 2 weeks and resume our research work. You have in front of you a grateful bunch of hopeful and determined researchers, eager to resume the exciting journey of unlocking more mysteries about this dreadful disease and accelerating the winning of the battle against it.
The definition of reagents as quoted from the internet: Reagents are the starting materials that are used in chemical reactions. A reagent is a substance or compound added to a system to cause a chemical reaction, or added to see if a reaction occurs. In the field of biology, the biotechnology revolution in the 1980s grew from the development of reagents that could be used to identify and manipulate the chemical matter in and on cells. These reagents included antibodies (polyclonal and monoclonal), oligomers, all sorts of model organisms and immortalized cell lines,