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InsideAccess: Maintaining Inventory Accuracy

In an age of electronic databases and barcode scanning, maintaining inventory accuracy should be simple. Vials are put in a freezer and the location is recorded in a database. How could sample storage be complicated?

It’s true that technology has improved efficiency and accuracy in the management of all types of inventory. However, whether the inventory in question is lego blocks or vials of blood, inventory management is more complicated than it seems. Even with the most sophisticated electronic tools, multiple challenges remain.

Last August we introduced a new content series called InsideAccess to give you inside look into our operations and processes. In this edition of InsideAccess we'll take a look at the challenges involved in maintaining inventory accuracy and some of the tools we use in working toward our goal of absolute, 100%, accuracy in our operations.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Content: Insi..........

A Look Back—and Forward—in Biobanking

More research! More research means more samples. This in turn calls for better sample management, which continues to challenge the scientific community and its service providers. Biobanks and biorepository providers are constantly refining and adopting more stringent sample management systems to match the needs of researchers. For the sake of those who rely on “biobankers,” it might be worthwhile to ask, “Where have we been, and where are we going?”

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Content: Blog