Hard-to-find Patient Samples for Research are Easier to Find with New Web Tool

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SeraCare provides web access to its extensive library of human serum, plasma, urine, cerebrospinal fluid and amniotic fluid for research

A huge benefit to investigators in drug discovery and diagnostic development is the ability to test promising leads on actual patient samples. But for many researchers, gaining access to patient samples, such as serum from a 50- to 65-year old male tested for C-reactive protein, is close to impossible. That is no longer a problem with an innovative and easy-to-use web tool recently introduced by SeraCare Life Sciences, a leading expert in human biologicals. The GPS selector tool was designed to enable researchers to filter an extensive list of available analytes for remnant patient samples, providing them with the ability to quickly find suitable samples for their research. With this unique web-based solution, the biomedical research community can search for patient samples through the SeraCare Global Patient Samples (GPS) program in a manner that has never been available until now.

Researchers begin using the GPS selector tool by choosing from more than 2,000 test analytes ranging from ACE (angiostenin converting enzyme) to zinc erythrocytes. Once they have selected the analyte, users then select from available sample matrices, including serum, plasma, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, or amniotic fluid, each with a standard sample quantity. Researchers can also indicate age groups and sex. The online tool generates a web-based form describing the request, and allows researchers to easily communicate their needs to SeraCare. SeraCare responds to the requests with a list of samples that match each researcher’s requirements.

“The toughest aspect of research studies is often finding the necessary patient samples. Our new web tool offers an intuitive interface to our GPS library, making it easier to locate available samples, especially for rare samples from age or gender specific groups,” says Tamara Smith, Senior Product Manager, SeraCare Life Sciences. “Our Global Patient Samples program makes it almost effortless to acquire fully anonymized samples quickly and economically, and it represents an excellent extension to our existing portfolio of characterized disease state materials.” For additional information, call toll free, +1.866.676.1881, visit the webpage at http://www.seracarecatalog.com/GPS, or email info@seracare.com.

About SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc.:
SeraCare serves the global life sciences industry by providing vital products and services to facilitate the discovery, development and production of human diagnostics and therapeutics. The Company's innovative portfolio includes diagnostic controls, plasma-derived reagents and molecular biomarkers, biobanking and contract research services. SeraCare's quality systems, scientific expertise and state-of-the-art facilities support its customers in meeting the stringent requirements of the highly regulated life sciences industry.

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