Since 1972, MB Research Labs is a GLP contract research organization (CRO) that has been performing toxicology (acute, subchronic / chronic) and pharmacology studies for leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and agrochemical industries and government agencies.
With a wide range of testing protocols available, MB Research Labs offers comprehensive capabilities to to address your unique needs and goals with speed and accuracy.
Our expertise in many areas of in vivo and in vitro testing, research, and safety evaluations is the foundation upon how MB Research serves the pharmaceutical toxicology testing needs of both government and industry.
Complete support services including consultation, protocol development, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and archive facilities are integral components of studies performed at MB.
Our technical and support procedures are in full compliance with OECD, FDA, and EPA.
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Cost Saving Screening Testing
Cosmetics & Personal Care Testing
MB Research Labs is a leader in the use and development of
in vitro and alternative toxicology test methods. We specialize in protocols for Eye and Skin Irritation, Corrosivity, Skin Sensitization, Genotoxicity, and Phototoxicity.
The LLNA-BrdU ELISA is conducted at MB Research Labs and is based upon the OECD 442B Testing Guideline. The LLNA is an alternative toxicology assay for dermal sensitization using CBA/J mice. The LLNA is an alternative to guinea pig studies that require more animals and long test durations.
To determine the sensitizing potential of topically applied test material utilizing the LLNA, and measurement of lymphocyte proliferation by BrdU incorporation detected by ELISA.
Irritation Screen Test:
An initial Irritation Screen is performed using 3-5 highest achievable concentrations. The screen consists of 2 animals per concentration that will be dosed in an identical manner to that of the main test. Ear measurements will be taken prior to dosing on Study Days 1 and 3, and prior to euthanasia on Study Day 6. Measurements taken on Study Days 3 and 6 will be compared to pre- dosing measurements. If there is no effect, or an increase of <25% in ear thickness, the same concentrations will be assayed in definitive test.
However, if significant ear swelling (ES) is present (>25% over control), then an extended screen (Quantitative Irritation Test; QIT) is recommended. The QIT is similar to the Irritation Screen except 4-6 concentrations will be assayed to determine the highest non-irritating concentration.
Definitive Sensitization Test:
The main test will be conducted by topically applying test material to the dorsum of the ears at the 3-5 highest achievable concentrations (100 [liquid only], 50, 25, 10, 5, 2.5, 1, 0.5, etc.), which do not cause severe irritation or overt systemic effects. Ear measurements will be taken on Study Days 1 (prior to first dosing), 3 (approximately 48 hours after initial dosing) and 6 (prior to euthanasia). Animals will be injected with BrdU on Study Day 5, approximately 24 hours prior to euthanasia. Auricular lymph nodes will be collected on Study Day 6, a single-cell suspension will be created and lymph node cells (LNC) will be assayed for BrdU incorporation via ELISA.
A Positive Response is when a Stimulation Index (SI) is greater than or equal to 1.6 (relative to that of control lymph nodes).
A “Borderline Positive Response” is defined as an SI from 1.6 to 1.9; additional information and testing may be needed.
Over 45 Years of Toxicology Testing – Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Household Products, Personal Care Products
MB Research Laboratories, a GLP contract research Toxicology laboratory, has been conducting acute, subchronic / chronic toxicological and pharmacological studies since 1972. MB Research provides industry-leading general toxicology services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and agrochemical industries and government agencies. Routine and non-traditional toxicology studies are performed, custom testing services to meet specific testing needs is available.
Study Directors and technicians strive to consistently deliver exemplary results to support both Good Laboratory Practices(GLP) and non-GLP Toxicology studies. With a wide range of in vivo and in vitro test protocols available, MB Research Labs offers comprehensive Toxicology Testing capabilities to address your unique needs and goals. With expertise in many areas of in vivo and in vitro testing, research, and safety evaluations, MB Research serves the testing needs of both government and industry.
Complete support services including consultation, protocol development, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and archive facilities are integral components of studies performed at MB. Our technical and support procedures are in full compliance with OECD, FDA, and EPA.
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is a United States federal law that outlines the basic U.S. pesticide regulation to protect applicators, consumers, and the environment. FIFRA is administered and regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the appropriate state environmental agencies.
MB Research Labs is a GLP Contract Research Laboratory with over 40 years of regulatory toxicology testing experience. With standard and custom protocols, MB Research can assist you with your testing needs for product registration with the EPA. In vivo and In vitro toxicology tests are available.
The principle of the 3Rs was first mentioned by William Russell and Rex Burch in 1959. In their book “The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique“, they classified humane techniques under the headings Refinement, Reduction, and Replacement, commonly known now as the 3Rs.
MB Research Laboratories prides itself on pursuing in vitro and alternative toxicological methods that Reduce, Refine and Replace the use of animals in laboratory research and has worked with many leaders in this field to advance the development, validation and regulatory acceptance of in vitro and alternative tests with a goal on replacing laboratory animals in toxicological research.
MB Research is also conducting developmental and validation studies to advance application of in vitro and alternative toxicology tests. More information about currently funded research can be found here.