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Brooks’ Acquisition of BioStorage Technologies Promises Exciting New Integrated Sample Management Solutions

The New Year provides us a moment to reflect on what our industry has accomplished in supporting advancements in medical research and is a time to focus on where the industry is going in the future.  Today, bioscience research and development companies are challenged by government regulations, cost pressures by payers, declining research productivity and […]

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Saliva Collection Kits Designed for Automated DNA Extraction and Processing

The health and wellness market is on an upswing as consumers are seeking fast, easy and cost-effective ways to better understand their genetic ethnicity, family history and health status. Companies like Ancestry.com and 23andme are examples of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies that are using the collection of saliva to evaluate the DNA of individual. While […]

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‘Mastering Institutional Biospecimen Management’ Part Two

Part 1 in the November Biosample Buzz covered the business case including current challenges, major drivers, stakeholder engagement, requirements specification, solution selection, business plan and funding. Part 2 in the 2 part series below covers implementation & ongoing management including contract management, solution development and implementation, phased roll-out, tiered support & ongoing management (enhancement/operation) and […]

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JDRF – Turning Type One into Type None

Next generation therapies to ultimately cure and prevent type 1 diabetes Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a leader the development of next-generation therapies like artificial pancreas technology, beta cell encapsulation, smart insulin that can turn on and off in response to blood sugar levels and, ultimately, methods for curing and preventing T1D. Driving this […]

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‘Mastering Institutional Biospecimen Management’

Some academic research organizations are hindered by their current biobanking systems infrastructure, functional capabilities and support organizations. Historic development of biobank capabilities within individual departments and even by principal investigators are sometimes costly, high risk, difficult to manage and limited in functional capabilities. The compelling drivers for an institutionally supported system are significant reduction in […]

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Indiana CTSI Innovates Biospecimen Data Integration

How to Leverage an Advanced Technology Platform to Accelerate Medical Research and Precision Medicine Initiatives Translational research has been an expanding area of medical research for more than a decade and has focused on the application of basic science and discovery in the laboratory to enhancing human health and well-being. Major academic medical and government […]

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The Value of Normal Samples in Breast Cancer Research

The Komen Tissue Bank – The Value of Normal Samples in Breast Cancer Research As a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness month, let us reflect upon a major finding released 20 years ago by the National Cancer Institute: “In order to continue to move forward in breast cancer research we must do more to understand […]

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Fundamentals of Project Management in a Laboratory and Biobanking Partnership

Fundamentals of Project Management in a Laboratory and Biobanking Partnership Translating client requirements into a successful bioprocessing and biobanking program producing high-quality biomaterial and data deliverables requires detailed upfront planning and an efficiently run biorepository and laboratory. Assembling these moving parts into a high-functioning, successful program involves cutting-edge science and technology, best-in-class sample storage and […]

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Kitting best practices for clinical trials

Kitting best practices for clinical trials In the complex world of clinical trials, among the many things that need to be managed are the kit supply requirements for the collection and transport of specimens from the investigator sites.  There are many factors that influence the final design of the kit, but the primary drivers are […]

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The AWS Cloud is Decreasing Time to Insight in Life Sciences

An increasing number of organizations in the industry are adopting the cloud as a way to increase efficiency, simplify global collaboration, and decrease the time to results. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading cloud computing vendor, provides basic IT infrastructure, such as storage and compute infrastructure, and makes it available on demand, using a pay-as-you-go […]

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