Cell Lines Versus Primary Cells as In Vitro Disease Models – An Overview

Cell lines and primary cells as in vitro disease models.

For decades, research labs around the world have been using cancer cell lines as the in vitro disease model of choice. And while biomedical and biopharma research have accomplished impressive achievements and provided a plethora of new insights into disease mechanisms and innovative treatments, they also outlined the persistent challenges and limitations translational research is…

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Biospecimens in Personalized Medicine – from Promise to Reality

Biospecimens are crucial for turning personalized medicine's promise into a reality

Biospecimens in personalized medicine are a cornerstone for its future development and establishment as a real-life clinical practice. And yet, the crucial role of biosamples and the process of their ethical collection are not well understood. As a biospecimen provider, we consider it part of our mission to educate and raise awareness on this topic.  …

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Plasma Matched Biosample Sets – a Key Component of Audubon’s 2020 Collections

lasma emerges as a key component of matched biosample sets in our 2020 biospecimen collections.

Based on our yearly analysis of collection requests and projects, we noticed that plasma matched biosample sets were a considerable part of our work over the last year.  At Audubon Bioscience, we work closely with our scientific partners to provide a personalized relationship by having specific collection methods based on their research needs, ensuring quality…

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Blood Cancers Overview – History, Advancements and Challenges

This is an overview of blood cancers aiming to raise awareness on the risk factors and early symptoms.

Every September, the world marks Blood Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Audubon Bioscience joined the initiative and its efforts to inform patients about this variable group of malignant pathologies.  We support the campaign with this article, which briefly overviews the different types of blood cancers, the most common risk factors, and symptoms, allowing for early…

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Fresh Cancer Tissue Samples – Applications in Biomedical Research

Fresh cancer tissue samples are becoming a leading biospecimen for innovative biomedical research.

Today, an important research segment of cancer research is interested in fresh cancer tissue samples to extract a particular cell type or molecule or to test the effects of a particular drug or innovative therapy. This biospecimen type offers a mutitude of applications for the most innovative stuidies and projects.  Before researchers delved into the in…

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How Medical Professionals Support Biobanking?

Overview of medical staff's role in biobanking

  Medical professionals support biobanking by identifying, informing, and protecting the patients willing to donate biosamples to research. Biospecimen procurement relies strongly on all medical staff involved in the process of patient engagement and correct biosample collection. It is therefore, extremely important to understand, appreciate and raise awareness of the importance medical professionals have in…

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How Biospecimens Support Biomarkers Development?

Biospecimens support cancer biomarkers discovery and use for the development of life-saving therapies.

One of the main applications of human-derived biosamples in biomedical research is in the discovery and validation of new biomarkers. This is especially true for the oncology field, where biospecimens support biomarkers development from the discovery stage through validation, and ultimately during implementation into diagnostics and choice of targeted therapy by providing scientists and clinicians…

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The Biobanking Space Is Attracting Investors and Media

Biobanking is attracting investors and media interest, showcasing the increasing appreciation towards the field.

The observation that biobanking is attracting investors and media attention strongly confirms the critical role of the field in the modern biotech and biopharma industries and global healthcare advancements. In about three and half months after launching a crowdfunding campaign on MicroVentures.com, an Austin, TX-based online equity crowdfunding platform, investments in Audubon Bioscience total nearly…

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Medical Staff’s Role in Biospecimen Procurement

Medical staff play a crucial role in the porcess of biospecimen procurement.

Medical staff’s role in biospecimen procurement is a key factor for the development and conduct of this field. Yet, it often ramains largely misread. Biospecimens are being largely recognized as a crucial element for developing biomarker-based, targeted therapies and diagnostics. While essential to biomedical research advancement, biospecimen procurement is also a complex process involving the…

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What is Biobanking? An Overview of a Fast-Growing Field

An overview of the biobanking field.

Novel therapies are moving away from the “one size fits all” concept and are working towards a patient-tailored precision therapy approach 1. Since this transition relies on patient-derived biosamples, it has strongly reshaped the field of biobanking and biospecimens procurement 2,3. The importance of studying both liquid and solid human bioproducts lies within the samples’…

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