Biological samples sourcing: Rare diseases

Rare diseases have a low prevalence, and therefore the lack of patients can become an additional challenge for the development of new drugs. Although biological samples for common diseases can often be found in repositories, R&D projects for drug development and diagnostics assay development for rare diseases may require support for their biological sample sourcing. 

This is why Labtoo developed a unique, tailor-made service to support Labs, Biotechs, Medtech, and Pharma companies in their procurement of samples.

Labtoo can be mandated in a fully customized mission to look for any type of human or non-human biospecimen, fresh tissues, Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE tissues), or frozen in common or rare diseases. We work with a large network of partners to look for the best samples according to specific needs, with all regulatory and legal requirements handled. 

As we do not use a catalog solution, our team will identify samples already in sample biobanks or collections, if possible, and compatible with the requirements of the project. A prospective clinical collection can also be started when necessary.


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Available types of samples for rare diseases

  • Tissues
    • Fresh tissues
    • Frozen tissues (OCT and FF)
    • FFPE tissues
    • Adjacent healthy tissues
  • Blood derivatives
    • Whole blood
    • PBMC
    • Plasma
    • Serum
    • Leukapheresis
  • Biofluids
    • Urine
    • Stool/Feces
    • Ascites Fluid
    • Saliva
    • Sputum
    • Synovial Fluid
    • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
Our service identifies sample sources able to prepare and transfer a sample collection for any given project. Just ask our team to discuss your project!

Type of Collections

  • Retrospective: we can look into existing biobank collections 
  • Prospective: we can set up clinical collection specific for a given project

Typical deliverables

  • Feasibility of availability of samples (retrospectively and prospectively)
  • Regulatory aspects (transfer authorizations, export authorizations, ethics committee agreement)
  • Contracting
  • Samples shipment
  • Clinical data
  • Matching tissues or samples (like Plasma or serum) as specified in the request
  • Other services (i.e. Nucleic acid extraction)
  • Clinical patient information as required


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Get started with your human biological samples request

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Our team will handle your rare disease sample procurement from the beginning to the end

Perform a feasibility study by looking for existing samples already in collections & ready to be transferred

Set up a clinical biological collection and preparing contracts with sources

Assist the material transfer from the source to the lab, including treatments, QA or shipping, as needed

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