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The Pivotal Role of Standardization in FFPE Tissue Block Collection

The process of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedding (FFPE) emerged in the late 19th century as a valuable histological method for stabilizing and preserving the morphology and cellular details of tissue samples.  In 2017 the human tissues segment was estimated to account for the second largest share of the global biobanking market by sample type. This is attributable in large part to the expanded use of these tissues as molecular biomarkers of disease, primarily in oncology, using immunohistochemical and genetic-based assay systems. 

Content: Blog, Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository

Top 3 Reasons Why a Direct-to-Patient Clinical Trial is Right for You

Patient-centricity has been a growing trend across the pharmaceutical and biotech industries for some time now. As the focus on precision and personalized medicine continues to increase, sponsors are looking for innovative ways to increase patient enrollment and compliance while reducing drug development timelines and costs. The direct-to-patient (DTP) model has emerged as a potential solution. This model illustrates a means by which a patient is able to receive his or her medication in the convenience of their home. In this blog we’ll share the top three challenges many sponsors face and how a direct-to-patient pharmacy can provide solutions.

Content: Blog, Topic: Direct-to-Patient Pharmacy

CAR-TCR Summit 2018: Changing lives with CAR-TCR cell therapies

 As the past year has proven, the advancements in cell and gene therapy are increasing at a rapid pace and are transforming the way we think about medicine. Whether in research or in the clinic, scientific innovators are acutely aware that every moment counts when working with these valuable therapies. To facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration, Thermo Fisher Scientific is proud to support the CAR-TCR Summit in Boston.

Content: Blog, Topic: Cell Therapy Solutions

ISBER 2018 Annual Meeting

Fisher BioServices is pleased to announce our participation at the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX on May 20-24. This year's theme will focus on seizing big opportunities in biobanking through data, collaboration and innovation.  ISBER 2018 is the premier global event in the field of biorepository and biospecimen management and we are honored to showcase our services and products in conjunction with our parent company, Thermo Fisher Scientific at booth #209. 

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

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study: 5 Year of Progress in Veterinary Health and Biobanking

Five years ago Fisher Clinical Services, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, embarked on a partnership with the Morris Animal Foundation to take veterinary research to a new level.  Since cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of two and golden retrievers (GRs) are at high risk of cancer development, Fisher Clinical Services is supporting the Foundation’s efforts in working to define the incidence and risk factors for cancer in man’s best friend.

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

World Immunization Week

Beginning in 2012, The World Health Organization (WHO) designated the last week of April as “World Immunization Week”.  This year, World Immunization Week will take place April 24th-30th with the theme “Protected Together, #Vaccines Work”.[i]

Topic: Public Health Research, Topic: Clinical Tri..........

Validating the Stability and Durability of Labels After Thawing from Cryogenic Temperatures

Working at cryogenic temperatures presents many challenges. One important element involves ensuring labels remain intact and securely adhered to packaging after application as product moves from ambient temperatures to cryogenic temperatures to thawing at the point of use.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Cell T..........

Receiving Finished Pharmaceuticals at the Repository

The value of your work lies in the integrity of your materials. Ensuring pharmaceutical agents are handled properly and maintained at the correct temperature throughout all processes is imperative to maximal long term viability and usability. This means not only during the processing and preparation of finished pharmaceuticals for storage—it also means during the transportation process

Content: Poster, Topic: Public Health Research, To..........

Supporting the Precision Medicine Initiative: The All of Us Research Program

In 2015, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative, a new effort to revolutionize health and disease treatment.1 Two key components of this initiative are:

Topic: Laboratory Processing, Topic: Biobanking an..........

Determining Optimum Maintenance Temperature for Advanced Therapies, Part 2

As discussed in my previous blog, there are many factors that need to be considered when selecting an effective maintenance temperature. Those factors include volume, handling processes, storage, and equipment. In part two of this blog series, I will focus on the impact that some of these variables can have on determining an optimum maintenance temperature for advanced therapies.

Topic: Cell Therapy Solutions, Topic: Biobanking a..........

Risk Mitigation for Material Transport: The Impact of Re-Using Shippers

Ensuring your material is stored under appropriate conditions is only half the battle in preserving its integrity. Equally as critical is the precarious process of transporting your material to its destination, safely and in the same condition it was sent in. Maintaining the chain of custody is of utmost importance, and a large component of this is based on the vessel selected for transportation. In this blog I will share some key items to consider when selecting shippers to transport your high value material.

Topic: Cold-Chain Logistics, Content: Blog, Topic:..........

Thinking Outside of the Freezer: DNA and RNA Storage

While ultra-low temperatures are the current state-of-the-art solution for biospecimen storage, ambient storage is an interesting option and could be superior in certain limited situations. For many types of samples it’s possible that we will always have to use ultra-low temperatures for long-term storage. For other sample types, such as DNA and RNA, there are alternative solutions.  

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