Clinical Trial Management

The benchmark in sample management™

Sample management is a complex process. Clinical samples are often collected in many locations and then, transported, stored, processed, and analyzed by multiple vendors. This fragmented approach to sample management can lead to spiraling sample storage costs, slow sample transfer times, data management difficulties, and poor chain of custody records.

Azenta Life Sciences offers a complete, integrated sample management solution that solves these issues, enabling improved study timelines with increased sample integrity and sample utilization which, ultimately, can help accelerate trial outcomes and patient health.

Our extensive experience in managing clinical trials spans all therapeutic areas, regardless of phase or size, within one global, interconnected platform. Our experts will work with you to customize our suite of services to fit your individual sample management needs.

Clinical Sample Storage

Automated and manual storage solutions to support

  • Short-term storage (STS)
    Active/prospective clinical trial samples to batch and prepare for planned and unplanned testing requirements
  • Long-term storage (LTS)
    Legacy samples for future use, or regulatory retention samples

We offer flexible sample management services at the customer site, and Azenta site; as well as hybrid, and virtual storage models

Clinical Sample Lifecycle Management

Sample Lifecycle Management


  • PLAN
    Our sample lifecycle solutions, protocols, and continuity plans are tailored to your research goals, sample types, and project priorities.

    Our cold-chain logistics support active clinical trials. Our team will consolidate your sample assets into an efficient onsite or Azenta site biorepository at the end of a study.

    We guarantee an auditable chain of custody for each sample. Our experts partner with leading international surface and air carriers to securely ship samples across the globe.

    Our configurable hardware and software solutions for sample preparation, analytical services, and data management meet the highest expectations of leading global organizations.

    Our carefully monitored and temperature-controlled environments, secure access facilities, FDA-compliant software, and purpose-built redundancies account for every possible standard in protecting your sample and data assets.

    Our biorepository network guarantees sample retrieval and secure shipment within 24 hours of a request - for one vial or one thousand, anywhere in the world.

    Sample value comes from the data contained within. Our single platform informatics and data integration solutions empower your discovery and development decisions.

    The usability of samples is extended by securing the highest integrity of sample preparation, and bioprocessing based on best-practice protocols. We will collaborate with you to realize efficiencies by maximizing the value of your sample assets.

    Our regulatory-compliant sample destruction processes provide a more efficient way of managing rationalization and disposal of stored samples.

Our suite of services supports management of legacy collections for future use, active clinical trial samples, and retention samples.


Sample Lifecycle Management


1. Legacy samples for future use

Easily access samples collected for future research to accelerate your research project timelines.

Samples can be retrieved and dispatched in as fast as 24 hours. 

Annotation of legacy consents.

2. Active clinical trials

We support all phases of clinical trials. When you need a sample-focused laboratory, we ensure samples are collected, processed, stored, and distributed on time, every time.

  • Expert project management
  • Collection kit design services
  • Sample preparation & lab services
  • Consent management

2. Active clinical trials (cont.)

Our vendor management services simplify vendor relationships by sending samples to central labs, specialty labs, or CROs (Contract Research Organizations) as required. This integrated approach leads to:

  • Minimal sample handling delays
  • Maintenance of chain of condition, chain of identity, and chain of custody

3. Retention samples

Secure, audited storage of retention samples for regulatory compliance.

Discard services with certificate of destruction provided.

Clinical Trial Services

Study initiation


Study Initiation

Project management
Our project managers can help plan and manage any sample-related projects, including complete virtual sample inventory management, regardless of storage location:

  • Standard and client-specific operating procedures
  • Project definition, capturing specific requirements for each sample group
  • Site training and manuals
  • Project-specific KPIs (Key performance indications) and KQIs (Key quality indicators)

Collection kit design
Azenta Life Sciences can customize sample collection kits and services based on study design and logistics.

Sample preparation


Sample Preparation & Lab Services

Diverse pre-analytical and analytical services

  • Sample accessioning (manual or electronic registration)
  • Sample preparation and extraction
  • Aliquoting, reformatting
  • Tissue sectioning, histology and pathology
  • Genetic and genomic services
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell culture and stem cell services

RUO, GLP and CLIA-regulated solutions

Sample support


Sample Support Services

Consent management

Azenta Life Sciences can facilitate access to your stored samples with informed consent annotation.

Standard and custom labeling services

Custom sorting and blinding services.

Key Features

Flexible, integrated services

Our range of integrated services can be customized to meet your individual sample management needs.

24-hour rapid sample access

Rapid retrieval capability of up to 1,000 samples/day in as fast as 24 hours, and shipment of samples across the globe.

Real-time sample tracking

21 CFR, Part 11 compliant software with 24/7 access to sample inventory and shipment audit trail.


Our purpose-built redundancy system ensures the highest sample integrity, and proven risk mitigation strategies to keep your irreplaceable assets secure.


Our quality management system meets stringent GxP and diagnostic sample requirements. Licenses, accreditations and memberships include (but are not limited to): CLIA, CAP, FDA, ISO and ISBER.





Key features

Biorepository Locations

Our global network of interconnected biorepositories and sample bioprocessing laboratories accelerates clinical research timelines, reduces sample administration costs and maximizes the value of your sample:

Sample Lifecycle Management

Bronx, NY, USA

Cleveland, OH , USA

Fresno, CA, USA

Indianapolis, IN, USA


Beijing, China

Griesheim, Germany

Montreal, Canada

Singapore, Singapore