Did you know that the United States alone holds over 45 percent of the global pharmaceutical market? Although, thinking about that many pharmaceutical products kind of beg the question, where do we keep them all? This is where we start to get into the nitty gritty that is biostorage. In order to delve deeper into how the biostorage market and the technology required are moving us towards the future, it is probably important to know a little more about biostorage.
What is BioStorage?
BioStorage, over time, has changed the way that companies treat their biomedical samples. As technology has changed and evolved, scientists have learned the importance of the samples they have. Where they used to be written off as a on-and-done sort of sample, scientists now recognize that their samples are a reusable and valuable asset. So what is biostorage? It is of course the storage of biological material, but that’s a little vague. Biostorage offers flexible onsite, offsite, as well as hybrid models as research assets. So for example, a pharmaceutical company wants to use biostorage in order to assist in their research. So what you end up with is, a bunch of pharmaceutical samples that are all being kept in a biostorage/ pharmaceutical storage facility. So if all we use this bioscience technology for is storage, what is so great about it?
Growth and technology
So aside from using biostorage as pharmaceutical sample storage, it is great for sample management. Because pharmaceuticals can be dangerous, it is of course to keep them stored properly, but also organized. Can you imagine if drug A was supposed to be shipped and tested after going through their cold chain delivery system and ended up with an entire shipment of the wrong drug? It would be a disaster! As a provider of sample management services for the scientific research community, it is of the utmost importance to have a systematic mode of organization. Depending on the type of pharmaceutical storage facility you’re working with, you may encounter temperature-controlled storage sites, cGMP-compliance, monitored storage as well as on-demand distribution of biospecimens. The ease of access that biostorage provides can and will be improved over time, and as more and more research is done, the better it will benefit the consumers. Contact your local biostorage facility if you have questions or concerns about how your biospecimens are being stored, if they have special storage requirements, or for retrieval and shipment services!