Task Laboratory is a dedicated clinical trials laboratory providing high quality microbiology diagnostic services. The laboratory offers services to various investigators, CROs and trial sponsors involved in diagnostic, vaccine and drug development in the field of infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis. TASK Laboratory has local affiliations with the University of Stellenbosch and partnerships with international trials networks and development consortia.
TASK has two dedicated P3 laboratories located in our new premises in Parow. The lab currently offers TB smear microscopy (auramine/ZN), liquid (MGIT) and solid culture, rapid chromatographic immunoassay (MPT64 antigen test), molecular testing (GeneXpert, Hain line probe assays), as well as phenotypic and molecular drug susceptibility testing of a range of antituberculosis drugs. We specialise in colony counts for early bactericidal activity (EBA) studies as well as performing MIC determinations of novel antibiotic compounds.
TASK Laboratory currently occupies 200 m2 floor space accommodating 22 full-time staff members. There is an additional 100 m2 for a proposed BSL-2 microbiology laboratory and potential for further expansion.