Category: Automation and High-Throughput Technologies
Designing a state-of-the-art sample management facility to empower research
BioMolecular Resources Department, Genentech Inc.
South San Francisco, CA
Lovejit Singh, Justin Win, Andrew Perez, Kate Heeringa, Kristen Nailor, Yvonne Franke
The production and management of biologic samples (e.g. nucleic acids and proteins) is a costly, time-consuming and labor-intensive process. When managed in individual labs outside a centralized facility, potential exists for samples to be unavailable for use in the broader research organization or to be discarded due to unknown or compromised sample location, identity and/or integrity. In order to proactively prevent loss of valuable corporate memory, we created a centralized Biologics Sample Management facility that empowers research by providing a means to receive, store, track and distribute these materials efficiently. Essentials of successful sample management highlighted here include the design and implementation of automation infrastructure and customized bioinformatics tools (e.g. Mosaic Sample Management Software).
Kurt Schroeder– Systems Specialist, Genentech, South San Francisco, California