Human biospecimens are samples obtained from the human body that are either used for biomedical research or medical purposes. Human biospecimens provide insights into the disease diagnosis and discovery of future treatments. As a biospecimen provider, Analytical Biological Services Inc. collects, processes, and stores human biospecimens for drug discovery and diagnostics research.
With one of the largest biospecimen networks in the U.S. and worldwide, ABS provides both normal and diseased human tissues. We comply with ISBER and NCI Best Practices, and all samples are collected under stringent requirements for legal compliance with appropriate informed consent for academic and commercial research.
Anonymized clinical information is available in all cases. Pathology reports and medical histories are often available for surgical samples. For custom projects, gene and protein expression data are available. If you need a specimen that we do not have in inventory at our biorespository or collection sites, we can design prospective collections to meet your needs.
Normal & Disease Samples
ABS has decades of experience providing high-quality human tissues to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and government laboratories.
Our in-house biorepository and network of hospitals and clinics can provide you with fresh, snap-frozen, and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples. Samples from normal and diseased donors are available, including cancers, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Crohn’s. Surgical and postmortem samples are available.
We also provide biofluids such as cerebrospinal fluid and saliva.
Our samples are IRB-approved and collected from patients from our global network in accordance with HIPAA and other regulations. All samples are collected with appropriate Informed Consent for biomedical research. Every specimen is properly collected and stored according to your requirements.
Our in-house biorepository and network of hospitals and clinics provide normal and disease blood and blood cell components. Disease samples include Alzheimer’s, cancers, diabetes, Crohn’s, COVID-19, and other diseases.
Blood and blood cell components include whole blood, plasma or serum, red blood cells, and white blood cells (buffy coats or leukopaks), including neutrophils, basophils, and eosinophils. We can also provide lymphocytes, including B cells, T cells, and NK cells.
Blood is collected in a variety of collection tubes, including those that preserve RNA quality for expression analyses. Our team uses a variety of blood cell purification protocols, including gradients and positive and negative selection using antibody-coated magnetic beads.
We can supply body fluids from normal and diseased donors. Biological fluids contain cells and subcellular components and proteins, lipids, enzymes and peptides, which serve as biomarkers. We hold our fluid samples to the same standard as our tissue and blood samples.
Examples of fluids supplied include:
- Arthritic synovial fluid.
- Ascites fluid.
- Synovial fluid.
- Pleural fluid.
- Vitreous humor.
We can also provide human sputum, saliva samples and cerebral spinal fluid samples. Our fluid samples work alongside tissues to provide a complex system for research.
In addition to human biospecimens, we can also provide you with a range of animal tissues, blood products, and fluids.
Animals include a range of common laboratory species, including rodents, cynomolgus and rhesus primates, bovine, canine, porcine, rabbit, and chicken.
IHC and Histology
ABS can provide fixed or frozen slides and customized immunohistochemistry (IHC) services.
Our team can process tissues and cells into paraffin blocks, embed samples using OCT, and localize proteins in cells using
Additional IHC (single and multiple labels) capabilities include:
- Assay development for your antibody, as well as on a full range of tissues with appropriate IHC and western controls
- Drug target and biomarker distribution studies in animal and normal and diseased human tissues
- Antibody specificity studies (FDA panels available)
Get Started With ABS Inc.
ABS Inc. has over 30 years of experience and expertise providing animal and human biospecimens to nearly all major research and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. We support drug discovery and diagnostic advancements by providing quality materials for research labs. If you need a reliable supply of high-quality ethically sourced tissue and fluid samples, we can provide it.
We guarantee every product meets your specifications. ABS helps you create solutions to help you overcome specific research demands. Our experienced staff works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and diagnostics companies to overcome research challenges, so that you can focus on discovery.
Contact us for a consultation today.
Reviewed by Charles F. Saller, Ph.D.
Prior to founding ABS, Dr. Saller led the biochemical team at what is now AstraZeneca that worked on the discovery of Seroquel®, one of the most successful drugs of all time both in respect to therapeutic efficacy for psychiatric disorders and market value. Dr. Saller is a serial entrepreneur, having founded Saller Rental Properties in the 1980s, which provided the capital for founding ABS in January 1990. He continues to lead ABS operations and direct its strategy. Dr. Saller has also served as the Principal Investigator or has administered more than $5 million in government grants and contracts as a founder of one other bioscience company and as advisor to others.