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Human Tissue Frequently Asked Questions

What type of biological specimens can Caltag Medsystems provide?

Caltag Medsystems are able to provide skin samples, fresh hepatocytes, blood, bone marrow, cord blood, plasma, serum, synovial fluid, urine, saliva etc. Depending on your requirements these can be supplied fresh, flash frozen in liquid nitrogen, frozen OCT embedded and formalin fixed and paraffin embedded (FFPE). We can provide both normal and diseased cells/tissue from human and animal.

Does Caltag Medsystems have the ability to source tissue?

Yes, if there is ever a product/tissue type that you require that you cannot see on our website, please contact us (office@caltagmedsystems.co.uk or +44 (0)1280 827460) and we will use our extensive supplier network to source the product for you.

What donor/sample information is provided?

Typically you will receive the donorís age, gender, ethnicity and confirmation of the disease if they have one. The amount of information depends on the tissue that you are interested in and your requirements. You can request certain donor details for future collections.

Are all samples collected under the required IRB/ethics approval with informed consent?

Yes. We only work with suppliers that have the required IRB/ethical approval in place for that country and have informed donor consent. We will not obtain tissue from a supplier unless they can show the correct ethical information. We can provide anonymised copies of the donor consent forms for you to review.

Does Caltag Medsystems have an ethical statement?

Yes, please click here to view the ethical statement.

Does Caltag Medsystems Ltd have an HTA license or IRB/ethics approval to collect, store and distribute biological samples?

We do not need to have either an HTA license or IRB/ethical approval in place, as we do not hold the samples in our facility nor do we perform any research on them. Our suppliers have the required approvals in place and the samples are shipped directly from the supplier to you.

Does Caltag Medsystems have a human tissue price list or catalogue?

Each customer has different requirements, including donor inclusion and exclusion criteria so we prefer to send out a quotation based upon your exact needs. We work on an individual basis on each of your enquiries to ensure that you will get exactly what you are looking for.

How does Caltag Medsystems assess and guarantee the quality of your samples?

Quality control and pathology verification is carried out by each of our suppliers.

Who are the suppliers that you obtain human tissue from?

AllCells: specialises in haematopoietic and immunological cells collected from healthy donors within their IRB Approved Clinical Division and other sources.

Biopredic: provide Human and Animal Primary Cells, Cell Lines and Tissues for Research, Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Pharmacology and Toxicology

DV Biologics: offer a diverse range of novel, human biological tools that may otherwise be difficult to source. Their products and services can be used to study various human pathological conditions in addition to an expanded product portfolio of cell types and tissue-derived products.

SciKon: merge living entities with engineered structures. They are recognised for their unique ability to pioneer human and animal primary cell culture devices into predictive model biotools. They provide both the cells and the engineered tool-boxes needed to generate different types of disease responses, all within controlled environments.

Can Caltag Medsystems provide both surgical excess and post mortem tissues?

Yes. We have agreements in place with different sources that specialise in either surgical or post mortem material.

Do we need to have a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) in place with you to obtain tissues?

This will depend on the tissue that you require. The majority of the time, you will not require one, but if you do we will assist you in the completion of one.

Does Caltag Medsystems arrange the shipment of the products?

Yes. We take care of all the logistics for you and arrange for the samples to be shipped directly to you as soon as possible.

Can Caltag Medsystems help us with UK ethics applications?

Yes, we can help with advice on all aspects of the UK ethical process including help with filling out your NRES application, preparing donor consent forms and information sheet and providing you with any information that you require.

Can you provide high quality RNA and DNA with detailed donor and pathology information?

Yes, we can either provide already prepared RNA and/or DNA or can isolate this from whole tissue for your specific project. Please click here to view the RNA and DNA that we can provide. (You can narrow the search results by selecting different suppliers, species etc. on the left hand side of the page).

Can you provide primary cell lines derived from human tissue?

Yes, we supply a whole range of established primary cells. Please click here to view the different primary cells we have available from a large range of species. (You can narrow the search results by selecting different suppliers, species etc. on the left hand side of the page).

Please do not hesitate to contact Caltag Medsystems if you require any further information and we will gladly assist you. You can contact us by a number of ways:

Email: office@caltagmedsystems.co.uk.

Call: +44 (0)1280 827460