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Category: Biospecimen News

Transforming human biospecimen procurement to help advance R&D and change lives

June 13, 2019

Although biobanks around the world have since amassed millions of human biospecimens, and valuable insights have been extracted from them, the biospecimen procurement challenge is holding firm. Recently, iSpecimen launched a survey of its own, recasting several questions similar to those included in the aforementioned OBBR survey, to take a pulse on potential improvements related to the availability of quality specimens.

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Doctor researching at computer

Human biospecimens + AI = new insights

April 11, 2019

Every human biospecimen contains a wealth of data – about patients, their conditions and the biological processes that the sample has undergone. Data is also the currency of artificial intelligence, which is streamlining discovery by crunching data as biospecimens are presented to computers.

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A blood test could take the guesswork out of pain

February 21, 2019

In a development that could someday help address the opioid scourge, University of Indiana School of Medicine researchers say they have developed a prototype blood test that quantifies pain based on molecular biomarkers.

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Biospecimens for critical research

New biospecimens, critical to important research, available on iSpecimen Marketplace

January 24, 2019

Now our customers can receive primary cells from bone marrow and peripheral blood that are shipped within hours of collection They are the cells that spawn our oxygen-carrying red blood cells, disease-fighting white blood cells and clot-forming platelets. They are found in the bone marrow and, in smaller numbers, in the circulating blood. They are […]

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two test tubes containing procured specimen biofluids

As specimens lie idle in freezers, patients await cures

May 22, 2018

And biobanks lose needed revenue Although biobanks do tremendous good for the world, many want to do even better. Biobanks collect tissue, biofluids and cells for use by researchers working toward new cures, treatments and vaccines. To better understand their challenges, we created a detailed questionnaire that 42 biobank professionals from around the world filled […]

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The iSpecimen Marketplace for human biospecimen procurement.

Catching Up with Chris Ianelli, Founder and CEO of iSpecimen

September 21, 2017

Our CEO, Chris Ianelli, MD, PhD, was recently interviewed by Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC), where he will be speaking in January 2018, about the power of the iSpecimen Marketplace in redefining the way human biospecimens are procured. PMWC attracts recognized authorities and experts across healthcare and biotechnology sectors, and we are very excited for […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

More Biospecimens Might Help Address Deadly Cancer

July 24, 2017

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, spreading fast and often resisting chemotherapy. Approximately 3 in 4 patients die within a year of diagnosis, and 9 in 10 die within five years. Pancreatic cancer is on track to becoming the second most fatal cancer, but that trajectory might change if an […]

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Human brain

More Reasons to Thank Brain Donors

February 23, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we blogged about how pledging one’s brain supports research into CTE, the degenerative disease linked to concussions in athletes. Brain tissue, however, opens up a lot of other vistas for today’s researcher. The brain, of course, is where our conscious thought – normal and pathological – takes place. But people […]

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Former NFL Players Support Research by Pledging to Donate their Brains

February 9, 2017

New treatments and cures depend heavily on research supported by ready access to biospecimens. It’s especially inspiring when individuals confront the universal discomfort of mortality and, while healthy, pledge to donate their bodies or organs to science. A case in point is the movement among contact sport athletes to donate their brains to research. Three […]

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What Do Witches’ Cauldrons and Medical Researchers Have in Common? A Need for Diverse Biospecimens

October 31, 2016

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing — For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.” Most of us know this famous line uttered by the three ugly crones in Macbeth as they stir […]

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