Providing laboratory support testing for a clinical trial by meeting trial sponsors’ growing needs, all while meeting stringent regulatory requirements? It’s possible.
Top 5 Things to Look for in a Flow Cytometry CRO
There comes a moment when the flow cytometry work can be too much. Sometimes it’s the big “make-or-break” experiment that has to go just right, or sometimes it’s the monthly batches of clinical trial samples that have to be handled, on a Saturday, with swift, deft hands, and you’re the only one qualified for the job. That’s when you either break down in tears of exhaustion and frustration, or you consider finding some help. Now most investigators aren’t in a position to hire and train new staff for cytometry work, but there is high quality and reliable alternative - A contract research organization (CRO).
A CRO can carry out your flow cytometry experiments, to you exact specifications, and meet your needs for a single experiment or a multi-year clinical trial. CROs specializing in flow cytometry may be your best option to guarantee high quality and reliable results.
Many scientists performing preclinical and clinical research hit a point when they need to have an assay validated. You may have painstakingly developed and perfected a particular assay, but now you must put it through the rigors of validation for it to be considered a “validated assay.” The basic principles of assay validation were described in an earlier blog post, but how do you know you if you need an assay validated? Use these questions as a guide to help you figure out your validation situation and get a little less vexed about validation.
Advances in immunology data analysis have taken this field into the realm of “Big Data.” Flow cytometers can now measure dozens of parameters, and complementary techniques like mass cytometry can deliver data that requires sophisticated data analysis methods. Modern data analysis approaches have also revolutionized personalized immunotherapy and improved diagnostics.
The pursuit of better medicine may take many years because of the complicated and often indirect path of biomedical research. Do you find yourself confused or unclear about when to use flow cytometry in “bench-to-bedside” research? The key is to understand the differences between preclinical and clinical research.