Tom Sellig, CEO
The importance of appropriate sample management is undeniable for clinical research support. While data today fuels clinical studies, drug discovery, identification of novel biomarkers, disease prognosis, and patient-centric healthcare, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries continue to struggle with this information explosion and transparency required for streamlining clinical trial operations and biological specimen analysis to meet their study endpoints. As a result, clinical researchers are often left wondering which of their laboratories spread across different continents have their samples, or whether they have been collected or processed. Moreover, with the increasing focus on biomarker analysis and precision medicine, sample collection and maintenance requirements of central laboratories have become more complex. Most clinical research organizations are also restricted by the complex logistics challenges of samples associated with multinational trials that focus on the timely arrival of a patient specimen. These challenges reduce the study team’s productivity, delay trial execution, and pose significant regulatory compliance risks.
LabConnect is changing this industry narrative by making the complex sample tracking component of clinical trials seamless and more efficient. When it comes to providing central laboratory support services for logistically and analytically complex studies, LabConnect is a class by itself. As the name suggests, LabConnect connects clients to their goals through its industry-leading sample management services. The company is leading the way in the evolution of central lab services and has developed comprehensive and integrated laboratory services that the industry can rely on. “What makes us unique is our ability to leverage our strategic lab network—a global network of 35 labs that we have partnered with to deliver laboratory services and solutions to pharma and biotech companies. We have standardized, harmonized, and normalized the data coming from these labs to provide the broadest range of testing—over 5,000 tests—available in the marketplace,” says Tom Sellig, CEO, LabConnect. “We’ve been in this space for over a decade, listening to our clients and acknowledging the needs of the industry. As the industry shifts to become more patient-centric, we are enabling the required transparency to drive faster data analysis and decision-making.”
LabConnect’s network of laboratories places its clients in an advantageous position whereby they can benefit from expert connections and industry-leading solutions and services.
LabConnect’s portfolio of central lab services comprises sample tracking, routine and complex laboratory testing, and biospecimen processing. The company also offers clients biostorage, customized collection kits, and innovative data management support, including specialty lab data integration and local laboratory normalization services.
What makes us unique is our ability to leverage our strategic lab network—a global network of 35 labs that we have partnered with to deliver laboratory services and solutions to pharma and biotech companies
The uniqueness of LabConnect also stems from its SampleGISTICS™ tool—a real-time sample tracking system that provides logistical transparency for every individual sample from the moment of collection. The tool brings in real-time virtual accessioning and rapid query resolution, enabling real-time data access from collection to analysis and increasing the security and integrity of the specimen throughout its lifespan. The digital pen technology enables LabConnect to get an idea of what is being collected without having to ship the sample. “Our digital pen technology for tracking samples of clinical studies empowers our client with the ability to track samples from the time the investigator fills out the requisition form, when it is shipped, to when it goes back to the lab, to when it ultimately arrives at LabConnect or any storage location in the world. No one else in the industry has this technology or capability,” adds Sellig.
LabConnect has the ability to act as a virtual central lab. The US-based firm takes pride in solving its clients’ sample management challenges, a by-product of the ever-growing study complexities by incorporating its proprietary platform and tools. Sellig mentions that, most often, clients are perplexed as they are unable to trace their samples in their journey from one point to the other or even through the standard courier services tracking. By incorporating its cutting-edge technology, LabConnect is able to identify what exact samples and all of its associated data are in a particular package, not just the tracking number. The customizability and flexibility of LabConnect’s platform allow it to seamlessly provide product tracking and integrate courier services, achieving a competitive edge in the market.
Apart from sample tracking, LabConnect expands its broad spectrum of knowledge to help managers with project management, offers advanced therapy services, develops modern specimen collection kits, helps in laboratory testing, and also maintains a bio-repository that ensures the safety of the samples. Moving ahead, Sellig says, “The team is aligning the software as per our internal servers and also looking at the compliance procedures with the FDA.” He further adds that the company plans to improve its sample tracking software in the upcoming years to provide enhanced and customized experiences to the customers. Furthermore, LabConnect also aims to upgrade its offerings in conjunction with the evolving needs of its clients.