Biobanking and Sample Management
- AKESOgen offers turnkey solutions for collecting, preparing, storing, retrieving, distributing and tracking your samples.
- We offer barcoding and labeling capabilities for any tube or plate format –customized to your own identifiers or we can provide a solution to meet your needs.
- We can provide short or long term storage and monitoring services which are scalable and tailored to fit any project size. We will store samples from +4 to -196 degrees C.
The Animal Cell Culture lab is located in 142 H.D. Wilson Laboratories. This facility provides tissue culture to various units on campus. It contains equipment and all materials for the storage and maintenance of animal and human cell lines. The LN2 cell storage unit contains over 100 cell lines, and we regularly order new cell lines from ATCC as needed. The researchers that it supplies are testing bioactive compounds and extracts from plants and common foodstuffs to determine various cellular effects in vitro, including nutritional, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities. The cells provided from this lab are also being used for DNA and RNA extraction and to create diagnostic tools. While we strive to keep our lab pathogen free, we provide cells for the growth of specific pathogens in other labs on campus. The lab has the capacity to produce hybridomas and primary cell cultures, if required. The unit frees students and other investigators from the time-consuming task of maintaining reliable, contaminant-free cell cultures as well as eliminating the need for Biosafety level 2 hoods, incubators and LN2 storage tanks to be maintained in numerous labs throughout campus. We are flexible and always adapting to new challenges in providing human and animal cells for research.
Our DNA banking service provides organizations and private individuals with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their DNA samples are stored in a safe and highly secured environment. Banked DNA may be used for future DNA tests, for example:
To protect against illegitimate claims on an individual’s estate
To provide a standard for comparison and identification of people in high-risk professions, such as men and women in the military, law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and overseas contractors
To assist with the identification of missing persons or give clues about the trail of a missing loved one
To identify inherited traits, such as genetic diseases and other physical characteristics
Stored DNA provides a genetic history that will become vitally important as the genomic puzzle is completed. DNA from an elderly parent could one day provide clues about inherited diseases and other genetic issues. Some day very soon, this type of family tree knowledge could prove lifesaving.
Our services are completely confidential. We only release information on banked DNA to persons you authorize. There are two service options for you to choose from:
Chain of Custody DNA Banking
Chain of Custody DNA Banking and Profiling
Chain of Custody DNA Banking
In Chain of Custody DNA Banking, DNA samples are collected and stored using a process that ensures courts and other government agencies will consider the results of any future DNA testing on the stored DNA.
In compliance with Chain of Custody procedures, your DNA sample will be collected by a trained professional. Your DNA collection appointment will be scheduled at a hospital or laboratory near you. Upon banking your DNA, we will provide you with a banking certificate stating the storage period (15 years), the names of persons you authorize to retrieve or use your samples, and other important information.
VOLUME/CORPORATE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Non-GMP research cell banks
cGMP master cell banks
cGMP working cell banks
per 2mL cryovial per year for storage in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen. Includes user access to our web based inventory management platform.