BioIVT, provider of research models and services for drug and diagnostic development, has introduced its COVID-19 Vaccination Panel, composed of pre- and post-vaccination serum or PBMC samples, to enable researchers to study blood donors’ vaccine-generated immune response.
BioIVT has been providing more than 300 clients with biospecimens to support the development of COVID-19 diagnostic assays and therapeutic interventions since the beginning of the pandemic. Those biospecimens have included saliva, serum, plasma, PBMCs, fresh whole blood, bulk plasma, and bulk serum from acute COVID-19 cases and recovered donors, together with representative diagnostic polymerase chain reaction or serological antibody test results to verify infection and /or exposure. BioIVT samples are provided with donor social, demographic and co-morbidity data, together with the date of onset, symptoms, and severity of their COVID-19 infection where available.
“Building on that experience, BioIVT is introducing this longitudinal collection to support clients investigating immune responses to the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Cathie Miller, Senior Director of Marketing, Personalized Medicine at BioIVT. “As the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues, BioIVT is helping to maximize the clinical data collected and increase scientific knowledge of vaccine efficacy in different donor populations. We already have donors enrolled and initial samples processed, and we will continue to expand this inventory.”
BioIVT’s COVID-19 Vaccination Panel features samples collected from donors at three times: pre-COVID-19 vaccination; more than 14 days after the first vaccine administration (but before the second); and more than 14 days after the second vaccine administration.
While serum and isolated PBMCs will be the main biospecimens processed, additional biospecimens from confirmed COVID-19 vaccinated donors will also be available to meet specific client needs.