The Daunting Task of Managing Biospecimens at the World's Largest CRO: Diane Farhi, Quintiles


Diane C. Farhi,, MD, Senior Medical Director, Quintiles Laboratories Bio and Contact Info

Listen (6:37) Tracking clinical samples around the world

Listen (5:34) How to measure sample stability

Listen (3:37) New software needed

Listen (5:07) Challenges from the increase in DNA sequencing

As we’ve been uncovering in our special series, Back to Basics: Improving Biospecimens, the issues around biosample collection, storage, and delivery here in the U.S. can be overwhelming. But Diane Farhi and her team have to manage on a global scale at Quintiles, the world's largest CRO. Who better to take us into the practical issues around sampling?

'Harmonization' is the name of the game in dealing with a global laboratory, says Diane, the Senior Medical Director at Quintiles. Diane and her team are dependent on a world wide delivery system, and that can bring with it many variables which impact samples.

“The whole issue of transport--how long it takes, what the temperature variability is within the package, impacts of alterations in flight schedules due to natural disasters and strikes and other event--all impacts the quality of our specimens when they finally arrive at one of our global laboratories,” she says.

In today’s interview, Diane shares some of the ways that the team at Quintiles mitigates the sampling issues that lie beyond their control. She also details some of the new challenges that have come with the dramatic increase in RNA and DNA sequencing.

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