Improving Sample Management QC and Reducing Costs by Regular Sample Auditing
Data indicates that many organisations experience sample precipitation from around 5 to 6% of their samples; studies have shown this may rise to greater than 12% for newly acquired samples. Other work indicates that around 5% of tubes in a typical storage facility are actually empty, and nearly 75% of samples have recorded volume discrepancies of more than 25ul.
Samples are regularly submitted to collections, either as a result of internal synthesis, external acquisition programs or biobanking studies. Many may come from remote sites or collection centres, or a variety of suppliers, not all of which adhere to the same quality standards as a central facility. Allowing these samples to be loaded into an automated store without some form of quality check can ultimately lead to problems downstream.
Measuring sample volume and checking sample quantity (for example whether samples are correctly solubilised) is thus key. Vision technology is now being used to perform accurate non-contact volume measurement and precipitate detection in SBS format microtubes; high-throughput auditing for large numbers of samples is now practical.
The webinar will cover:
- Why audit samples – the issues and the benefits
- How to find out whether you are loading poor quality samples into your store
- How many of your samples are precipitating and what to do about it
- Whether you might be discarding valuable samples too soon
- How to avoid sample wastage and reduce costs
- Understanding how accurate volume tracking makes a difference.
Case studies discussed include:
- Low sample volumes – when is the right time to replenish?
- Suppliers – are they providing me with a quality compound?