In a large number of academic research centres and small pharmaceutical and biotech companies, biological sample storage remains a manual process requiring meticulous sample labelling, robust data logging, accurate placement and retrieval. As the sample library grows, the acquisition of additional freezers can place a strain on laboratory space or storage areas. Manual placement and retrieval of samples from large libraries not only increases the potential for error but can inhibit sample processing speeds necessary to satisfy research flow or customer delivery schedules.
Manual placement, search and retrieval of samples often requires scientists to spend lengthy periods of time handling samples in freezers or standing in cold rooms. The ability to automate sample dispensing and processing whilst ensuring robust sample labelling and tracking is invaluable. It significantly reduces the effort and turn-around time of compound storage and retrieval.
This case study demonstrates that TTP Labtech’s comPOUND biobanking storage modules are successfully employed by Abcam, a worldwide supplier of high quality antibodies, proteins, peptides, lysates and assay kits. In this company, the turnaround time of sample placement and retrieval is an essential component of high quality service to its customers. This case study highlights a number of features of comPOUND which have proved to be of significant value during the development of this rapidly expanding company and helped to ensure high quality customer service and support.