Such a need for centralization necessitates a new class of enterprise biobanking software systems, such as the Sapphire™ BioBanking Solution available from LabVantage Solutions (www.labvantage.com).
These systems maintain centralized records of an entire organization’s biological material assets, as well as the by-products of the experimental process, such as aliquots and derivatives. Sapphire thus serves as a consistent platform for their storage and handling, allowing an organization to take advantage of sophisticated chain of custody features, such as electronic signatures and shipping and receiving functionality. Company can also centralize their consent and study management records.
By providing a standard infrastructure for the storage, data capture, retrieval, and processing of samples throughout an organization, each individual lab can leverage a robust infrastructure to manage workflow and maintain accurate sample records. Moreover, these solutions are able to be validated to manage both GLP/GCP and non-GLP materials, allowing for the consistent production of regulatory filings, scientific experimental reports, and validated clinical development records.
The toolset for sample storage, handling, and shipping is only the first part of the solution. An important aspect of enterprise-grade systems is the ability to address the needs of multiple laboratories around the world, so that it can truly serve as a single operational and logistical point of record for an organization’s samples.
Sapphire has broad and robust features for integrating with existing laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and clinical trial management systems (CTMS). Integration is essential to avoid re-entry of data. It is also capable of global deployment and management, so that it can be accessed throughout the enterprise.
Additionally, the system is flexible enough to allow for a variety of different business processes to be configured and deployed to assimilate with the procedures and business practices already in place. For example, Sapphire’s thin-client technology enables enterprise-wide access and visibility to the solution simply through an Internet Explorer browser. Flexibility in turn reduces total cost of ownership and enables rapid deployment with little end user training.
It offers robust features for intricate data capture, compliance, chain of custody, and location-management functionality on a global basis across virtually unlimited repositories.
Through Sapphire’s Evergreen configuration tool, the solution is extensively meta-data configurable and easily adapted to a customer’s particular biobanking processes, while maintaining the ability to upgrade the configuration to future versions of the software.
Sapphire’s open architecture allows for easy integration with internal systems, public and private databases, and instrumentation. The module is part of LabVantage’s Sapphire platform, so it is seamlessly integrated with its laboratory information management solution for life sciences R&D as well, providing an advantage to companies that want to standardize their sample and data collection software across laboratories.