The “Pulmonary Biobank Consortium, CIBER of Respiratory Diseases (CIBERES) – ISCIII (Madrid), Institut d’Investigació Sanitària de les Illes Balears (IdISBA) – Hospital Universitari Son Espases, Mallorca, Spanish Biobank Network” recently presented a scientific poster about Bluechiip technology in the International Society of Biobanks and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Symposium this February 2019 in Berlin.
See CIBERES original news publication from the 15th of February here https://biobancopulmonar.ciberes.org/en/news
CIBERES-ISCIII is a Spanish biobank and early adopter of the Bluechiip technology in their manually operated biorepository. To date, samples were identified using printed or handwritten labels and the inventory managed using a simple spreadsheet.
Using the Bluechiip system, the biobank achieved faster vial and box readout times without the need for expensive and time consuming de-icing/defrosting solutions. Frost is one of the main issues encountered when identifying samples when using handwritten or barcoded vials. Quick readings, including a temperature check, therefore helps ensure not only the correct identification of samples but also maintains sample integrity and quality.
As the number of biobanks continues to increase and cryogenic sample handling practices mature, so too does the demand for reliable methods of identification and temperature chain-of-custody which traditional ID technologies struggle to provide.
Current Practice vs the Bluechiip System
- Side barcodes and labels don’t allow swift sample batch reading
- Bluechiip MEMS technology is embedded into the base of the vial, enabling quick and hassle-free high-throughput scanning at the box level
- Vials with 2D barcoded bottoms can be quickly batch registered with optical scanners at room temperature but struggle to be read when retrieved after cold storage (frost buildup)
- Typical RFID technology does not operate reliably below -50°C
- Bluechiip MEMS technology is fundamentally different to typical RFID tags. Therefore, a Bluechiip tag can operate down to -196°C and read through frost
- Some vendors promote the use of defrosting machines or alcohol baths that melt the ice so barcodes can be read. This exposes samples to temperature excursion risk.
- Bluechiip tags can be read through frost eliminating the need for expensive, cumbersome deicing/defrosting solutions whilst also minimizing temperature excursion risk
- Sample temperature monitoring is limited to the freezer and tank level
- Bluechiip offers a reliable ID and temperature monitoring at the sample level in each scan
Bluechiip “Starter Kits” have been designed with needs of small-medium sized, manually operated biobanks in mind. Bluechiip Stream Sample Data Management Software is included in the pack and enables Guided Storage and Retrieval of samples, ensuring chain-of-custody, improving productivity and helping maintaining high sample quality.
The same Bluechiip readers and tags also complement large, automated storage solutions by ensuring individual samples and boxes can be tracked and monitored outside of storage, whilst complementing other forms of ID solutions throughout other parts of the supply chain. In other cases, Bluechiip reading technology can also be integrated with automated sample handling systems from any vendor in order to capture the benefits of Bluechiip enabled sample tracking throughout the entire cold-chain.
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