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Genes’ impact on longevity generally slight, new research indicates

November 16, 2018

If you yearn to grow old, your genes won’t have much say in the matter, according to new research. If your parents live long lives, it doesn’t necessarily mean the same is in store for you. On the other hand, if your parents live shorter lives, there’s no great cause for worry. In fact, your […]

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Reducing risks and ensuring compliance throughout the biospecimen procurement process

November 8, 2018

Sourcing biospecimens to support medical research can be challenging and time-consuming. Whether researchers are conducting bench, translational, or clinical research, or searching for new diagnostics or therapeutics, the process of procuring biospecimens can be wrought with complexity, especially when it comes to managing and ensuring compliance. In order to help convey the value of our […]

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Luis Nicolaou, iSpecimen Senior Director of Product Management

Seven Questions with Luis Nicolaou

November 1, 2018

Luis Nicolaou Senior Director of Product Management, iSpecimen Earlier this week, we unveiled the second generation of our online marketplace, which does even more to connect researchers who need biospecimens – fluids, tissue or cells – with the health care organizations that have them. As senior director of product management, Luis was instrumental in identifying […]

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Patients seek a bigger role in medical research

October 26, 2018

The ultimate value of medical research? Making sick patients well and keeping healthy patients healthy. It goes without saying. Then why do patients sometimes feel like an afterthought? Lung cancer survivor and activist Bonnie J. Addario describes the problem from her perspective in Forbes: “Today there exists a holy trinity for cancer research: pharmaceutical companies, […]

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Microbiota biospecimens for gut health research

Plot thickens in story of gut’s connection to health

September 27, 2018

When it comes to the mysteries of human biology, the gut is a universe all its own. Our microbiota (often called microbiomes) are host to trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes – good, bad and yet to be determined. As unique as fingerprints, our microbiota can yield insights about our overall health. Three new microbiota studies […]

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Researchers see potential in rapid gene sequencing, direct treatment during brain surgery

September 6, 2018

The passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain underscores brain cancer’s formidable medical challenges, one of which is the blood-brain barrier: Many medicines that enter the bloodstream can’t reach the brain. Brain surgery, however, provides direct access to a tumor site, and craniotomy could someday become an occasion for drug-based treatment, according to a news release from […]

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Why can’t research procurement be as easy as finding what you need on Amazon?

July 19, 2018

Want a good book? You know where to look. A hotel in Phoenix? Kayak.com. A replacement gas tank for your 1954 Harley? eBay. Okay, what if you’re a biomedical researcher who needs a set of specific tumor tissue samples to help discover a potentially lifesaving therapy? That might be a tough ask unless you’re online […]

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The Path to R&D Productivity Starts Here

July 12, 2018

Medical breakthroughs are the ultimate purpose of a research organization. Helping make them more achievable, abundant and frequent  is ours. Traditionally, access to biospecimens for research has been a limiting factor in these breakthroughs. Today, however, finding and procuring the biospecimens required by your research –  from even the hardest-to-find patients of interest – is […]

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The Patient’s Predicament: Donating Biospecimens and Waiting for Cures

June 21, 2018

Imagine you’re very sick and your prognosis is tenuous. You’re taking some experimental drugs and praying for the best. Your doctor wants you to stay hopeful. “A lot of scientists are studying your condition as we speak,” she says. “We could see a breakthrough at any time.” In fact, she would like to collect blood […]

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Medicare to cover next-generation sequencing for cancer patients

March 30, 2018

Great news for cancer patients, their doctors and the scientists creating personalized medicine solutions: Medicare will immediately begin covering next-generation sequencing (NGS) tests that help doctors prescribe specific cancer treatments likely to help individual patients based on their genetic profiles. “CMS believes when these tests are used as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with […]

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