Choosing the right assay for your bioanalysis needs is best done before your clinical protocol is finalized. Many assays need samples collected in particular ways, or specify storage instructions. It’s also better to design the optimum aliquot sizes into the collection protocol, rather than thaw samples afterwards. Sample labelling is an unglamorous but critical part of any protocol. If you are planning a clinical study with a bioanalysis component, contact us now to discuss all the different ways we can help ensure your study is a success. The number of times we have helped clients sort out problems after the study has been run tells us how valuable our assistance in study planning really can be. Please see our clinical studies information for details of the types of studies we can carry out for you.
In particular, we are experienced at running protein-based immunoassays, both commercially-available and assays that we have developed in house. More and more multiplex analysis is being carried out, with the possibility of dozens of analytes being measured on less than 50 µl of sample. Such analyses require careful data management – analysis that takes just one week can generate in excess of 20,000 data points. For this sort of data management, you need to work with someone who is used to both running the bioanalysis and dealing with the quantity of data generated. Furthermore, the analysis of such datasets is not trivial, but is something with which we have substantial experience. See our section on Data management and biostatistics for more information.
In addition to protein-based immunoassays, we are experienced at running many different types of bioanalytical procedures – from bioactivity assays such as migration assays to immunohistochemistry of frozen tissue sections. Please contact us for further information.