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Samples and data access

While large companies have built internal specialist teams and relationships with major national initiatives to solve this problem, SMEs can struggle to access consented patient samples and data.

We can help:

  • find samples or data for R&D projects
  • set up contracts, MTAs, DTAs etc with sample or data owners
  • find or develop informatics tools and resources to access, link or use data
  • form collaborations across multiple companies to acquire prospective rare or high value samples
  • work on national policy questions around access to samples and data

We can do this directly or through our partnerships with the Tissue Directory, Tissue Solutions, and samples and data providers.

Signposting and connecting is free

We can help you find the right partner or supplier that can deliver what you need. And we won’t charge for doing so.

Project work is chargeable

If we work together on a project that requires significant input from us, we’ll need to charge you for any costs incurred – and we’ll agree this upfront before starting the work.

Project examples

  • Locating cancer, plasma, bacterial, brain, urine, and faeces samples sets
  • Building a collaboration to acquire new fresh frozen cancer samples
  • Supporting access to UK Biobank and Genomics England samples and data
  • Supporting access to whole genome and clinical datasets

Patient tissue samples

In our State of the Discovery Nation report, 64% of UK SMEs said access to donated UK samples was difficult. We are collaborating with the Tissue Directory, and with Tissue Solutions, to solve this problem.

Tissue Directory

The Tissue Directory is the UK’s only register of sample collections that covers multiple diseases and allows searching based on age, gender, disease classification, sample type, and available datasets.

Search for samples on the UKCRC Tissue Directory >

Tissue Solutions

Tissue Solutions is a customer-focused provider of ethically sourced human samples required for preclinical drug development and research. The joint Medicines Discovery Catapult and Tissue Solutions team can support you with:

  • finding samples
  • making agreements with UK biobanks
  • access and logistics

Request support in finding samples from Tissue Solutions >

Patient data

We are members of use MY data, a movement of patients, carers and relatives that supports and promotes the protection of individual choice, freedom, and privacy in the sharing of healthcare data to improve patient treatments and outcomes. We welcome all views on this site or on the use of consented samples and data, please contact us at partner@md.catapult.org.uk.