FlashFREEZE

Tissue Banking with Milestone FlashFREEZE

Last updated: 07th December, 2015

There are few resources as valuable to cancer researchers as tissue samples – the biospecimens that patients donate to aid in the search for cancer-related biomarkers. 

Milestone FlashFREEZE

Milestone FlashFREEZE

Over the past decade or so it has become clear that many of the biospecimens stored in the world’s biorepositories may not be suitable for the state-of-the-art genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and other bioanalytical technologies used today to search for cancer-related biomarkers.  The lack of reproducibility of many reported biomarkers is due at least in part to the fact that the biospecimens utilised are often procured using different collection, processing and storage techniques.  Such variability can lead to significant differences in biospecimen molecular integrity. 

To overcome some of these difficulties, Milestone has developed the FlashFREEZE unit. The FlashFREEZE is the first table-top system that, without isopentane or liquid nitrogen, allows standardised and documented tissue banking in 15-60 seconds. The heart of the system is the Stirling cooler technology which overcomes all of the limitations of the conventional, compressor-type cooling system. With FlashFREEZE it is now possible to run evidence-based biospecimens freezing protocols with the full documentation needed for QA purposes. 

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