Challenges and Solutions in a Global PBMC Isolation Program

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Laboratory Technology,
  • Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Today’s clinical trials require complex sample-handling procedures and protocols. Often the analytical strategy related to advanced therapies includes the collection, preservation and analysis of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). This trend presents challenges for researchers, as these samples are fragile and must be handled appropriately.

Achieving the short timelines allowed from sample collection to processing and subsequent cryopreservation is of crucial importance. However, this is often viewed as the only critical aspect and as a result, other key considerations may be overlooked:

  • Consistency in the isolation protocol
  • Ability of enrollment sites to manage the delicate procedure
  • Analyst qualification and training
  • Quality metrics related to the isolation procedure(s)
  • Impact of variability on downstream analytical testing

Register for this webinar to learn how a robust Global Sample Processing Network (GSPN) has been developed to manage and enhance the collection, isolation and preservation of PBMCs in today’s complex clinical studies. The GSPN solution at LabConnect addresses many of the limitations associated with PBMCs, ensuring a quality-centric, data driven QC program is in place – on a global scale. GSPN is the solution needed to ensure PBMCs are consistently handled through their entire lifecycle, yielding a high-quality cell product for complex analytical testing strategies on a global scale.


Benjamin Sutton, LabConnect

Benjamin Sutton, Manager, Technical Affairs, LabConnect

Benjamin joined LabConnect in 2016 bringing more than 10 years of experience in micro and molecular biology laboratory work and advanced therapy project management. He is responsible for oversight and management of the LabConnect Global Sample Processing Network (GSPN) and the LabConnect Global Harmonization Program.

While at LabConnect, Benjamin has worked to expand the global footprint of these programs though addition of new laboratories in strategically important locations, as well as develop robust monitoring tools to ensure data quality within the LabConnect Network. Benjamin holds degrees in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Livermore, California with his wife and two children.

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Jon Lowe, LabConnect Inc.

Jon Lowe, Sr. Director, Vendor Management, LabConnect

Jon joined LabConnect in August 2019 as the Director of Vendor Management and brings 20 years of experience in the clinical laboratory and clinical trials industries. He is responsible for the management and oversight of LabConnect’s extensive network of vendor and partner laboratories.

Jon joined LabConnect after spending 12 years establishing, managing and growing a very successful clinical trials program within ARUP Laboratories. While at ARUP, Jon developed a functional process, team, and business unit that proved to be a unique approach to supporting laboratory testing for complex clinical trials. Jon has a wealth of knowledge around the business of clinical laboratory testing and its utility within clinical trials industry. Jon holds a BS in healthcare management from the University of Utah. He resides in Farmington, Utah, with his wife and four children.

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Who Should Attend?

Drug development professionals working within:

  • Cell & Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Operations
  • Outsourcing
  • Research Operations
  • Sample Management
  • Translational Science
  • Immuno-Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases

What You Will Learn

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • Benefits of a focused program for PBMC collection, logistics, isolation and cryopreservation
  • The role of a defined and transparent QC program
  • The advantage of a quality-centric, scalable solution in diverse global regions

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Connect with LabConnect—the preeminent provider of central laboratory support services for analytically and logistically complex studies such as immuno-oncology, cell and gene therapies, and rare & orphan diseases. We offer unique and innovative services that have been specifically designed to meet the exacting demands of today’s clinical trials. Our worldwide scope of services includes routine and specialized testing, real-time sample tracking, data integration, biorepository, sample processing, and specialized functional outsourcing. Leading the evolution in central laboratory services since 2002, our services are customized to fit the unique needs of your trial. Get connected by requesting a proposal at or via email at [email protected].

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