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US Biolab Joins Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus

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US Biolab, a company that provides biological samples to researchers, has joined the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus community.

George Liu, business manager, said the company is a biobank that has access to human biospecimens, with products including fresh frozen tissues, formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks, biofluids and tissue microarrays. (FFPE is a method of storing and preserving tissue samples at room temperature.) US Biolab can provide bone marrow, serum, plasma, saliva, whole blood, urine, DNA and RNA samples.

The samples available are affected with various diseases, including cancers, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, hematological diseases and metabolic disorders. Examples include a malignant colon tissue microarray, bladder cells affected with carcinoma and lung tissues with all stages of cancer.

The company specializes in brain tumors, skin, liver tissue and ovarian tissue.

Healthy, non-diseased samples also are available.

US Biolab’s customers are pharmaceutical and biological companies as well as academic and government research organizations. The clients contact US Biolab with their needs, and then US BioLab reaches out to its extensive network of clinical and research centers to retrieve the samples, some of which are used in clinical trials. The roughly 100 clinical and research centers – including several cancer research centers – are located in the United States, Europe and Asia, Liu said.

With this vast network, Liu estimates US Biolab has access to approximately 1 million samples.

The company also manufactures tissue microarrays for researchers and provides histology services.

The company was established in 2011. Two employees will be based at JHU Montgomery County Campus, which is home to about 35 companies that focus on scientific research, technology and other disciplines.

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