Human Tissues

Human Tissues

Why are human tissues increasingly being used in drug development?

Despite record levels of investment, most drugs (80-90%) fail in clinical trials. New ways to predict which drugs will succeed are urgently required and there is no more relevant model than fresh intact human tissues.

What sources of human tissues are available for preclinical research?

Three main sources of fresh functional human tissue are typically used in drug development:

  • Tissues residual to surgery: tissues not required for diagnosis or which are generated by cosmetic procedures can be accessed rapidly.
  • Tissues and organs from transplant procedures: organ donation rightly takes precedence over research; however, many organs cannot be used in a transplant procedure and may be consented for use in medical research.
  • Clinical biopsies, ethically obtained from specific patient groups, for example, patients with psoriasis or atopic dermatis.

Can Biopta manage procurement, ethics and logistics for my human tissue research projects?

Yes - Biopta has developed an extensive network of tissue collaborators and is accredited as a Research Tissue Bank. When you collaborate with Biopta all procurement ethics and logistics will be managed by Biopta staff. Submit your question on human tissue research here

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