Sample management is a key R&D process for any Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology organization and can include a wide range of types, including chemical compounds, cells, biologics and clinical. Companies build their sample collection through acquisitions, external vendors and internal sources, and have both conventional and sophisticated methods to register, track, and audit them. Conventional methods often involve storing and retrieving samples, sometimes numbering in the thousands, in manually operated freezers or storage cabinets and tracking is usually done with simple IT systems and/or tracking sheets for sign-in and sign-out. Sophisticated methods include automated or semi-automated freezers and stores coupled with IT systems to register, track, order and audit samples.
Archive for May, 2012