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Managing Refrigerated vs. Frozen Drug Product: What’s the Big Deal?

Here are two questions that illustrate our changing times in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Some Steps Toward Fit-For-Purpose, Future-Proof Specimens

We spill a good bit of virtual ink in our blogs and eBooks discussing biospecimen integrity, but the emerging term that is being used more and more often, is “fit–for-purpose.” Identifying a sample as fit-for-purpose implies molecular integrity, but goes beyond this to encompass all the variables that make a biological sample useful for research. Sample integrity focuses on the quality of individual samples, while the term fit-for-purpose can be interpreted as addressing entire collections.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Labora..........

Storing Biologics at Non-Traditional Temperatures

Maintaining the appropriate storage temperature of biological material is critical for downstream use. However, due to the complexity of this material and its sensitivity to temperature we are seeing an increase in non-traditional storage temperature requests. In this blog we’ll explore some of the reasons why this is occurring and the associated challenges.

Topic: GMP Biologics Management, Content: Blog, To..........

Proposed Changes to Biospecimen Consent Requirements Dropped from the Revised Common Rule

If you are conducting biospecimen-based research, you are probably aware that on January 18, the long-anticipated revised Common Rule (Title 45 of the CFR, part 46, Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects) was posted to the Federal Register (for some background on the nature of these revisions, see my blog post).

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Public..........

Collaboration in Biopharma: Harnessing the Power of Cloud-based Technologies

From banking to e-commerce, cloud computing has transformed the landscape of the world economy. It is also gradually changing the face of the biopharma industry. In the scientific world, effective communication and collaboration are essential to successful outcomes. Although biopharma has been slower than some other industries to adopt cloud-based technologies, the field is increasingly relying on the cloud to advance scientific knowledge.

Topic: Public Health Research, Topic: Biobanking a..........

Supporting our Troops - Transporting the AFMES DNA Repository to Dover Air Force Base

In observance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday on November 11, we'd like to share a case study on how the Fisher BioServices team actively supports our troops and share our appreciation for all that they do. Together with our parent company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, we work with veterans to make the world a healthier place.

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Creation of the First Tuberculosis Biobank in the UK

After the discovery of Streptomycin in the 1940s, followed by isoniazid in the 1950s and later rifampin in the 1970s, the incidence of Tuberculosis (TB) in the developed world dropped dramatically. Sanatoria closed and research into new antibiotics and vaccines likewise diminished. TB was no longer considered a significant threat in the US and much of Europe. So when multiple drug-resistant strains of TB (MDR-TB) appeared in the 1980s, the concern within the infectious disease community was perhaps understated. Besides, all but a small number of cases were in underdeveloped countries where the very high cost and difficulty of treating MDR-TB was considered beyond reach.

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ISBER Regional Meeting: Quality Biobanking for Precision Research and Medicine

We are pleased to announce our participation at the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) 2016 Regional Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland on November 7-8. This year's theme, Quality Biobanking for Precision Research and Medicine, will focus on overcoming scientific, information technology and policy challenges. This regional event allows for greater opportunity for interactions between attendees and a focus on regional issues.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Public..........

Chemical Storage in the Contract Environment

When we think of chemical storage we tend to think of large warehouses or factories designed to store chemicals in large quantities. However, the standards and regulatory requirements required of large chemical facilities still have to be met by smaller facilities. In smaller facilities and laboratories, chemical storage is often secondary to other tasks and functions. There are still a number of things you must do even if your primary business is not managing chemicals. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the necessary steps to properly manage chemicals as well as protect employee well-being. 

Topic: GMP Biologics Management, Topic: Biobanking..........

European Biobank Week: Biobanking for health innovation

Biobanks serve a common goal: to improve understanding of patients, diseases and health; and to deliver the best individualized care. Sample quality is paramount to achieving that goal. Without confidence in the integrity of biosamples, there can be no confidence in the results.  To support this effort, we are pleased to announce our participation at the upcoming European Biobank Week (EBW) in Vienna, Austria.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Content: Blog

Factors Affecting Participation Rates in Population-Based Biobanking

A systematic review and meta-analysis of baseline participation rates and their determinants performed by van Zon et al. (2016) found that recruitment methods and design affect participation rates.1 Population-based biobanks are essential platforms for innovation and knowledge generation in health care research, specifically in regards to how we prevent, treat and cure widespread diseases. Therefore, willingness to participate from the population is pivotal if biobank studies are to continue to contribute to public health research.

Topic: Public Health Research, Topic: Biobanking a..........

How to Maintain Sample Integrity During Sample Transfer

The data that lies within your biospecimen collections holds the keys to your research and, as we’ve discussed previously, it’s imperative to maintain proper temperature to ensure sample integrity.  This is a challenge ordinarily, but even more so when attempting to transfer samples.

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