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The Impact of Biospecimens on Clinical Study Design

We perform therapeutic and diagnostic clinical trials to learn the safety and efficacy of drugs and tests in a clinical setting.  Typically, we think about the biospecimens in a clinical study in terms of operational requirements such as sample collection, processing, storage and analysis.  Our ability to obtain and test high quality patient samples is an important consideration during the design of clinical research programs and may significantly limit the questions that we can ask in trials.