LabConnect donates scientific-grade freezer to ETSU Center of Excellence

Contributed To The Press • Feb 5, 2016 at 9:56 AM

LabConnect, an international laboratory and scientific operations company with a site in Johnson City, recently made an in-kind gift to East Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity (CIIDI).

The large, scientific-grade deep-freezer was delivered to the ETSU campus earlier this month. It is being housed in the research lab of Dr. Jonathan Peterson, an assistant professor in Health Sciences at ETSU’s College of Public Health. The new freezer will replace an aging unit currently in the lab.

Peterson, a CIIDI member, plans to use the new freezer in his work on his latest federally funded research project in which he is examining proteins associated with fatty liver disease.

The freezer will be used primarily for sample storage and tissue banking. When biological samples are taken they must be stored in a minus-80-degree freezer for long-term storage.

Having access to these preserved samples gives Peterson the ability conduct long-term follow-up investigations on previous research and conduct new research built on previous work, he said.

LabConnect provides central laboratory services to academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies and health care organizations. The company’s work in managing biologic samples helps ensure quality research can occur throughout the healthcare field.

“I am delighted we could do this for the university,” said Doug King, a LabConnect consultant. “LabConnect’s goal is to be a good community partner and facilitate scientists working in translational medicine and discovery research with ready access to lab samples.”

King said he hopes the donation is just the first step in building a strong relationship between ETSU and LabConnect.

— Contributed by ETSU.

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