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CryoPod™ Carrier for the Holidays – Giveaway Winner

We have a winner from our 2016 Holidays Campaign! Robbi Garrison, Technical Leader Cell Banking for Bioengineering and Bioprocessing R&D at Dow AgroSciences, is the winner of the CryoPod™ Carrier featured in our December giveaway. The CryoPod™ Carrier is a truly safe, portable liquid nitrogen (LN2) based trackable device for handling samples below -150°C. The […]

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How safe are your samples?

Introduction Plastic storage tubes are used in laboratories worldwide to store biological and chemical samples. As most plastics are supplied as sterile, pyrogen- and DNAse/RNAse-free, it is generally accepted that this guarantees product integrity. Many confuse “Clean” with “Sterile”, post production sterilisation only guarantees that there are no viable organism and does not relate to […]

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Specimen Storage and Distribution Models: Paradigms, Shifts, Strategies and Benefits

Specimen Storage and Distribution Models: Paradigms, Shifts, Strategies and Benefits Presented at the ISBioTech Conference Dec 2016 by Ian M Pope, PhD Global Cryo Solutions, Brooks Life Science Systems Scientists and researchers choose cryopreservation to truly preserve the cells or tissues they are storing. In most cases, preservation doesn’t simply enable the ability to measure a […]

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Two Strategies for Knowledge Dissemination in Biobanking

The Canadian Tissue Repository Network Biobank Certification and the College of American Pathologists Biorepository Accreditation Programs:  Two Strategies for Knowledge Dissemination in Biobanking Please take a moment to read the above publication which appears in the December journal of Biopreservation and Biobanking. Advances in health research and the growth in personalized medicine has increased the […]

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Ensuring Cold Chain Protection for Valuable Sample Assets: Cryopod™ Carrier and Automatic LN2 Filling Station

Ensuring Cold Chain Protection for Valuable Sample Assets: Cryopod™ Carrier and Automatic LN2 Filling Station Launched in 2015, the CryoPod™ Carrier – an innovative, portable LN2 sample transport device – and the accompanying benchtop compatible Automatic LN2 Filling Station, won two product innovation awards for the year (ISBER & ESBB).  As a handy portable device, […]

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The Process Is the Product: How Cryopreservation Protocols Impact Sample Quality

By Allison Hubel, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director of the Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR), Eminent Cryobiologist Summary of presentation made during a scientific symposium at Genentech on January 12, 2016 Introduction The demand for biospecimens – macromolecules, cells, or tissues – is growing rapidly. Therapeutic need is surging as people are […]

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We All Are A Resource for The Cure

The Komen Tissue Bank (KTB), a part of Indiana University, is the only biobank in the world that collects healthy breast tissue for breast cancer research. Scientists around the world have sought us out and have requested our samples to use as normal controls in their projects. A few times per year we check up […]

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Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine

The advent of induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) technology, whereby a differentiated cell such as a skin fibroblast or blood lymphocyte can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent state, as described in our July blog article (“Disease Modeling in a Dish: The Promise and Challenges of Stem Cell Research”) has added a powerful new tool to […]

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Relocating Clinical Trial Samples Remotely in Another Region of the World

The Europe Biobank Week conference took place the week of September 13-16 in Vienna, Austria. Over 700 people around the world attended this meeting. During the conference a case study poster was presented on Best Practices for Relocating Clinical Trial Samples Remotely in Another Region of the World.   The poster summarizes the best practices […]

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Gaining Scientific insights through the Integration of Pharmacogenomics Analysis with Sample Management

Gaining Scientific insights through the Integration of Pharmacogenomics Analysis with Sample Management  Now more than ever, there is a need by R&D companies for a more integrated approach to translational research and the management of biological research samples to deliver cost-efficiencies which enable them to reinvest in future research endeavors. In addition, faster research decisions […]

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