We want to address issues in current sample handling standards in Biobanks. By developing a new sample handling process for fluid biosamples. Our solution will protect sample integrity throughout the biobanking processes, thereby supporting the research in the fight against resilient diseases.
An essential part of biomedical research today is dependent on high quality blood samples that can be utilised several times over a long time period. The current standard used for storing blood samples at -80 degrees Celsius has drawbacks related to sample quality, storage volume and sample handling. These problems occur since today’s storage standards require repeated thawing of samples since only a small amount of blood is required for each analysis. Every time a blood sample is thawed, the blood quality decreases and the research results become less reliable. This limits the potential of samples to be used for multiple research studies over a long period of time. Many samples are very valuable and might even be invaluable, because new samples can not always be collected or the same settings be reproduced.
Some researchers try to avoid this problem by dividing a master sample into several smaller tubes. However, this is a very time consuming and repetitive process which is an inefficient use of a researcher’s valuable time. Divided samples also take up more space in the freezers, which leads to less blood being stored or that larger and more freezers are needed, which is not sustainable from either an environmental or economical perspective.
Our business idea is to solve these problems by creating a new way to handle blood samples in biobanks that will eliminate the needs for both repeated freeze-thawing and repetitive division into smaller samples.