Laboratory assay consulting, new assay development, and subsidized research tests. HCCRC Lab Services
At a glance
Key Features
  • Preferential pricing for all investigators
  • Advice on sample collection and processing
Useful for
  • Guidance on sample collection
  • Help with sample collection; phlebotomy services
  • Assistance with sample processing
  • Access to high-quality assays at low cost
Available to
  • All members of the Harvard Catalyst community
(via HCCRC Resource Request)

Specimen Collection and Sample Processing

The Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center sites (Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital) have dedicated laboratory space and specialized personnel to assist investigators with specimen collection and sample processing. Specimen collection may include: blood, saliva, urine, and other types of specimens. In addition, the CRC is able to perform specialized processing for studies where the assays are run in the investigator's lab, another contract lab, or a research core.

Preferential Discounted Pricing

All investigators at BCH, BIDMC, BWH, and MGH receive a significant discount for our laboratory assays, which are provided by a commercial contract laboratory. These assays include the most commonly ordered routine testing and access to the contract lab's full menu. Preferential pricing on laboratory assays are for those investigators whose studies are approved through the HCCRC Protocol Review System.

Sample Testing

The commercial laboratory offers centralized laboratory analysis of a wide array of routine analytes in real time. Results are generally available within 24 hours from sample pickup. If results are needed sooner to allow the research to proceed, the investigator may use their hospital lab for analysis. Please note that tests that need to be billed to insurer can only be sent to the local hospital lab.

For questions regarding routine assays needed for research purposes, please contact your site administrator.

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