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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.

“Access to high quality clinical samples, along with technical risks in R&D projects, are the greatest challenges facing diagnostic companies”
Jag Grewal, Group Commercial Director, Omega Diagnostics

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We can help:

  • find consented samples for R&D projects
  • set up contracts, MTAs, DTAs, etc. with sample owners
  • form collaborations across multiple companies to acquire prospective rare or high value samples
  • work on national policy questions around access to samples

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

Signposting and connecting

We have developed a strong understanding of the UK-wide capabilities in medicines discovery, so we can help you find the right partner or supplier that can deliver what you need. And we won’t charge for doing so.

Contracted fee-for-service projects

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


“Medicines Discovery Catapult provided guidance around fair pricing for clinical samples, and reviewed our cost recovery model. This was a useful exercise as we look to facilitate access to the biobank and database for cancer researchers worldwide.”
Rebecca Elliott, Senior Project Manager, The University of Manchester

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“I recently ordered a set of DNA samples through the Medicines Discovery Catapult and Tissue Solutions collaboration. The two Project Managers involved were very responsive and kept me informed throughout the process. I am pleased with the high quality samples I have received, and am already looking to order more samples from them again.”
Dr Jacqueline Chan, Head of Oncology, Oxford Gene Technology

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Are you a patient?

Are you interested in knowing more about the use of samples in research? You can find out more at Give My Sample >

Do you need help processing and storing sample collections?

UK Biocentre have a national scale capability able to support the biosample processing and storage needs of both large and small organisations. Find out more >

Read the article: Barriers to the release of human tissue for clinical trials research in the UK

One of our team has contributed to an article in the Journal of Clinical Pathology on sample use – Barriers to the release of human tissue for clinical trials research in the UK: a national survey of cellular pathology laboratories on behalf of the National Cancer Research Institute’s Cellular Molecular Pathology (CM-Path) initiative. Read the article >