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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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PBMCs as tools to investigate the causes of major human diseases

PBMCs as tools to investigate the causes of major human diseases Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) are a mixed population of cells with single round nuclei. PBMCs are isolated by density centrifugation of human blood and can be further purified to isolate individual cell types such as natural killer cells, T cells, and B cells. In addition, PMBCs are […]

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Disease Modeling in a Dish: The Promise and Challenges of Stem Cell Research

From the earliest days of research on human disease scientists have envisioned the limitless potential of having access to cells with the ability to give rise to almost any type of cell. The study of the biology of such a “pluripotent” cell would yield insights into the processes that go awry in disease as well […]

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How the Mayo Clinic is employing automation to enhance sample management efficiency

World class clinical research institutions value their biological sample collections as strategic assets. They recognize the need for investing in efficient sample management systems for enhanced productivity. Learn how the Mayo Clinic is upgrading automation of its sample collection with state-of-the art technologies. Download the Poster Efficient management of collecting, storing, tracking, retrieving biological samples […]

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#FreezeFrameChallenge beneficiary highlight: Susan G. Komen ® Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center

The Susan G. Komen ® Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center is one-of-a-kind.  As the only biobank collecting healthy breast tissue from women with no evidence of breast cancer, for use as normal controls in breast cancer research, this biorepository is taking its place as a major piece in the breast cancer research […]

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