Who we are

Scientists on Standby is a not-for-profit initiative created by BioStrata Ltd., a specialist life science marketing agency. It was created as the ex-scientists in our team wanted a way to put themselves forward as overflow technical expertise to help with coronavirus testing, should additional support be required by the UK government and the UK healthcare services.  

Full company details:

BioStrata Ltd, Endurance House,Chivers Way, Vision Park, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9ZR. UK

Company registration number: 08233225.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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The first-party cookies in use on our site are for Google Analytics and HubSpot. These services track visitor interactions and are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We then use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site. We also use these cookies to improve the user experience of individual visitors. Cookies will automatically expire after 26 months or can be deleted at any point in time by deleting them via your browser.


Registration form

In some areas of the Scientists on Standby website, you will find opportunities to share personal information including your name, address, email address, telephone number and relevant experience by using a contact form. We are collecting this data to compile a list of volunteers with laboratory experience, who the UK government could call upon to help with diagnostic testing for coronavirus infection and immunity, should the supply of skilled laboratory staff prove a limiting factor in the fight against the virus outbreak. By filling in this form, you are consenting for us to use this data for this purpose only.


Who we share your data with

If you complete a form on the Scientists on Standby website, the data provided will be stored within our secure customer relationship management system, HubSpot. Only the information you provide as part of the form will be processed and stored, however, our HubSpot cookies are linked to delivering a customised experience for each browser. Therefore, if you provide your contact details by filling in one of our contact forms, these details will be stored and used to identify future visits. We do this so that we can optimise the content each individual interacts with and make the browsing experience more personal. Please rest assured, we do not share any tracking data with any third parties and use this information purely to improve and tailor your browsing experience on the Scientists on Standby website.


Where we send your data

We are currently working with organisations like Public Health England to identify the best way to maintain and share this database of volunteers. As it stands, your data will not be shared with anyone outside of BioStrata Ltd. When we have more details on how this database will be managed, we will share them with you by email. Before we share any of your data with a third-party, you will be informed via email as to who has requested the data and why.


How long we retain your data

If you register on Scientists on Standby your personal information is retained indefinitely, or until you request to have it removed. 


What rights you have over your data (and how to get removed from our database)

If you registered on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. If you would like your personal data to be removed please email [email protected]