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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.

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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.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Cold-C..........

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. 

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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.

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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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Flawed Study Design—the Other “Pre-Analytical Variable” in Biomarker Research

Why are we failing to find biomarkers for early detection of disease?  Throughout our blog we write a great deal about biospecimen integrity and emphasize the control of pre-analytical variability in biospecimens. However, the highest quality biospecimens are wasted in the search for biomarkers if the study design is flawed. And the literature on biomarker discovery studies is filled with examples of poor study design, creating an overabundance of false positives that cannot be validated.

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[Video] Semi-Automated Biobanking: Delivering quality samples in less time

The holy grail in the biobanking industry is all about maximizing the value of biospecimens to deliver new therapies. Thus, there's now more pressure on biobanks to deliver samples that are in better condition, with better annotation, and with a more rapid turnaround time. In order to support our clients in achieving their aims in maximizing the value of their sample collections, we have installed a LiCONiC Semi-Automated Biobank (SAB) to manage the increased demands on sample utilization. To learn more and see the LiCONiC system in action, check out our video below!

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Amazing Samples: Water

Water – the universal solvent. The all known life on our planet requires it to function, not directly because of water itself, as much as its ability to transport other compounds and ions, and facilitate metabolic reactions. That’s why human civilization itself is based on water, both in determining where people settled, as well as whether they live.

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Safeguarding Data Across Biotech Global Boundaries

In an era of “big data,” companies across all industries are collecting consumer information to provide effective solutions to problems or better market their products. Industry watchdog groups have long been concerned about the implications of data collection on consumer privacy. These issues become even more complex when conducting transactions across international borders. A recently drafted European Union-United States Privacy Shield agreement is intended to clarify the privacy principles U.S. organizations must meet to comply with EU privacy laws.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Content: Blog