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A trusted source
We are trusted by many companies, including some of the world’s largest and most successful pharmaceutical firms, as well as highly regarded academic centers, to source high quality human tissue and blood samples and data for their basic/exploratory and discovery-stage studies, translational research and validation projects.
Tissue For Research is also a member of two international professional biobanking organizations:
– ISBER: the International Society for Biological & Environmental Respositories
We are transparent about the dedicated sites we work with and are proud to encourage researchers to join us in direct, in depth technical discussions with the tissue recovery and research managers at our partner sites. This ensures that all aspects of your project are fully understood and agreed in advance, maximizing the quality and utility of the specimens provided for your experiments. This is one of the ways in which we are different from other human specimen sources. Another advantage of our uniquely transparent and open approach is that there is no risk of you mistakenly sourcing the same specimens twice.
A wide range of samples are available
Samples from a wide range of diseases are available or can be collected, including:
Metabolic, Degenerative and others…
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We work with high quality facilities, most of which are located in the US, but also the UK and Eastern Europe.
We ship internationally.
Why human biosamples?
There is no substitute for using real patients’ samples, organs and anatomical parts to ensure your results can be applied to the clinic. Our goal is to ensure you have the samples you need for essential in vitro pre-clinical & translational studies including biomarker programs, FDA /EMEA cross-reactivity panels, assay development, discovery projects, target validation, in vitro pharmacology, tissue and cell-based assays for efficacy & ADMET safety/ toxicology and medical device development, testing, training and demonstration.
Human biological samples help to ensure the relevance, safety & efficacy of pharmaceutical/ biopharmaceutical drugs, devices, diagnostics, biomarkers, cosmetics & chemicals (incl. REACH, EU Cosmetics Directive and US EPA HPV (High Production Volume) programs) in the biotech & pharma industries.
Human organs and tissues are invaluable tools for medical and biological education and training, particularly at universities and on respectful and informative display at museums.
Human anatomical parts also play an essential role in forensic research.
The latest peer-reviewed review articles lead-authored by Director, Margaret Clotworthy PhD, may be of interest. Dr Clotworthy has also co-authored peer-reviewed publications on the ethics, organization & public acceptability of biobanking.
Many of the specimens we provide go to support commercially sensitive research at companies developing the next generation of drugs and diagnostics, so research results are not always published. However, here are examples of papers where academic researchers have published exciting work using our samples:
Ultra-sensitive sequencing for cancer detection reveals progressive clonal selection in normal tissue over a century of human lifespan:
Congratulations to Jesse Salk, Rosana Risques and all of the contributing researchers on such important & insightful work, to be published in full later this year!
Other interesting articles, not associated with Tissue For Research:
An interesting discussion of the use of in vitro-generated antibodies and similar affinity reagents, including comparisons and discussion of the technical benefits of some of these approaches: http://www.cell.com/trends/biotechnology/fulltext/S0167-7799(16)30063-4
Please note: we provide human biosamples for medical, forensic, cosmetic and chemical research, education and training only by researchers and educators in commercial companies, academic centers and museums. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with any inquiries relating to tissue samples for in vivo experiments or clinical use. We can not provide tissue samples for transplant as the human tissues we provide are unsuitable and unauthorized for this use. Please also note that we provide exclusively human tissues, for patient-relevant research, and do not provide samples from any other species. Unfortunately, we can not accept tissues directly from donors; if you are interested in donating specimens, please discuss ways of donating with your hospital or hospice, who will be better placed to provide information about local donation options.