Almost anyone involved in clinical research can tell you — the role of the biorepository has changed tremendously over the last decade. Two-thirds of the world’s biorepositories have been established in the past 10 years due in part to the completion of the Human Genome Project as well as the emergence of endeavors such as proteomics, genomics and personalized medicine.
Logistics can be one of the most complex aspects of successful clinical trials because samples shipped from study sites for testing at a central laboratory must be maintained within a very limited temperature range. Cold chain or refrigerated logistics, where temperature is controlled in the shipping environment, often brings added challenges and expense. LabConnect provides validated cold-chain solutions, however controlled ambient shipping solutions are becoming more important in cases where whole blood samples are required by the testing laboratories. This is seen most readily in PBMC and other analyses where high cellular viability and yields are critical.