Clinical Testing


Clinical Testing

Clinical Trial Setup & Clinical Testing

Once a client’s biomarker has been developed into a clinical test, our dedicated Clinical Testing Team can offer Clinical Trial Set up; Clinical Test Delivery and Clinical Trial Management for global clinical trial stratification.

We can conduct Clinical Test delivery of fully validated assays across a range of technologies to meet client’s required timescales. We pride ourselves on fast global test turnaround times (TAT) and excellent customer service.

Our Clinical Testing team work closely as part of Almac Diagnostic Services’ combined clinical trial testing solution inclusive of Sample Collection Kit Design & Manufacturing Service and Sample Management Service, providing an end-to-end solution for clients that eliminates the need to outsource to multiple vendors. This helps to minimise risks and maximises success for client’s clinical trials.

Clinical Trial requirements

Clients’ clinical trial requirements are typically categorised as follows:

  • Multiple biomarkers from a single patient sample.
  • Platforms that can be ready for clinical trials in a short time period.
  • Fast test turnaround times from sample receipt to result reporting whilst maintaining minimal quality control (QC) failures.
  • Cost effective platforms.
  • A safe and efficient, quality-driven service to support the decision process in trial recruitment.

Key components of Almac’s Clinical Testing Service for Clinical Trials:

The Clinical Testing Unit is operational 7 days a week: (09:00-17:00 UK Time)
Dedicated multidisciplinary team composed of Medical Laboratory Director, Consultant grade Pathologists/Haematologists, Clinical Testing Unit Manager, Technical Supervisor, General Supervisors, Testing Personnel, Laboratory Administrators & Data Specialists.
Almac Laboratory adherence to strict regulatory requirements: CLIA/CAP/CLEP/HIPAA/ISO15189

All reagents and process controls manufactured under ISO13485

Strict monitoring of test performance during test delivery with a strong focus on staff competency.
Almac offer a fully customised workflow to support clinical test delivery of validated clinical trial assays. 

Almac offer a bespoke communication plan for clients including a customised workflow, incorporating:  sample receipt workflow, pre-analytical, analytical and post analytical processing, repeat testing workflow, customised patient test reports to meet regulatory requirements, QC metrics and IQC failure checkpoints.

Offer a quality-driven service that is both safe and efficient to support the decision process in clinical trial recruitment.

Almac Diagnostic Services has over 15 years’ experience in supporting clinical trial recruitment & testing.

Competitive Test Turnaround Time (TAT) monitored as part of the laboratory key performance indicators.
Almac employ highly skilled staff across different time zones including a range of pathologists specialising in Cellular Pathology (Histopathology and Cytopathology) & Haematology.

We also offer a Digital Pathology Service – High Resolution Digital Scanning, storage and sharing of H&E slides available. Read more about this service here.

Clinical Testing Process example:

Almac Illumina TruSight® Tumor 170 Clinical Trial Assay

Clinical Trial Setup & Management service:

Almac Diagnostic Services can also support clinical trial site setup and management including:

  • Preparation & distribution of sample collection kits.
  • Generation of operations manual.
  • Training of clinical sites.
  • Communication plan for Clinical Testing.
  • Sample shipment and logistics.

Ongoing Clinical Site Management:

Almac Diagnostic Services can also help manage the ongoing clinical site management on behalf of clients to ensure global co-ordination on logistics, training and specimen transport and receipt for clinical studies.

Clinical Site Management

A communication log will be generated and verified to facilitate direct correspondence with the clinical sites to include:

  • Liaising with clinical sites regarding sample shipment.
  • Answering all receipt, testing and reporting queries.
  • Co-ordinating the shipment of additional/replacement samples.
  • Co-ordinating sample returns.

Clinical Site Training

  • Monitor against expected receipt date.
  • Includes working with a large number of multi-national sites.
  • Utilise teleconference, on-site seminars, webinars.

Specimen Transport

  • Monitor against expected receipt date
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