Trans-Hit Bio Establishes an Exclusive Partnership in Mexico to Foster Collaboration between Mexican Biobanking Community and Industry R&D

LAVAL, Quebec–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#biobank–Trans-Hit Bio (THB) is pleased to announce today the signing of an
exclusive partnership with Professor Hugo A. Barrera-Saldaña, Founder
and General Director of Vitagenesis, the first Mexican biomarker-based
diagnostic laboratory. Professor Barrera, through a lifetime of
leadership in biomedical translational research, has, in recent years,
been concentrating in the promotion of biobanking in top medical
research institutions in Mexico. Through this exclusive agreement, THB,
a leading biospecimen procurement CRO for Industry, aims to provide the
Mexican Academic Community of Biobanks, in particular, those specialized
in Infectious Diseases and Oncology, with the operational framework
support needed to promote their deserved international visibility.

Professor Barrera’s efforts in developing Biobank capabilities in Mexico
started with the creation of an Institutional Biobank Laboratory which
has supported several local research protocols with over 6 000 sampled
biospecimens stored. Professor Barrera transformed this success in a
Nationwide initiative and was key in the establishment of National
Biobank Laboratory (LANBIOBAN). Professor Barrera has also been crucial
in helping other Mexican clinical sites in becoming ready to support
international biomarker research. Successful outcomes of this
partnership have already been seen in current collaborations with
Mexican institutions such as ONCARE, LABOPAT and National Nutrition
Institute (INCMNSZ).

Prof. Barrera said about this agreement: “After I started the
National Biobank Laboratory in Mexico and introduced good biobanking
practices in the associated institutions, two main challenges still
remain to be solved: becoming sustainable and gaining recognition from
international pharma and diagnostic companies as reliable and expert
sources of high quality biospecimens to support their biomarker R&D
programs. This is why not only are we very honoured that THB has signed
this partnership agreement, but we are also convinced that THB’s
expertise and reputation will definitely help put the Mexican biobank
community on the map.

“Prof. Barrera and his collaborators are not only leaders and very
knowledgeable in biobanking but have also championed in
biomedical translational research. This partnership strengthens THB’s
presence internationally and is a valuable addition to our existing
worldwide network of partnered academic biobanks. It constitutes for us
an important first step in our expansion in Latin America, whose great
biobanking capabilities to date have been underestimated and
underutilized by Industry even though pathology labs, clinical sites and
CRO laboratory platforms provide an excellent scientific expertise, high
quality standards and compliance with regulatory and ethical
requirements”
said Dr. Pascal Puchois, Chief Executive Officer at
THB.

About Professor Hugo Alberto Barrera Saldana:

Prof. Barrera started Mexico’s National Biobank Laboratory (LANBIOBAN),
a National Council of Science and Technology-sponsored project, in
Monterrey in 2015. LANBIOBAN is now operating in the most prestigious
Medical Schools at top Universities and Mexico’s National Institutes of
Health. Prof. Barrera, an ISBER member, is Professor of Precision
Medicine at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
and was for many years Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Monterrey, as well as
Professor of Biotechnological Genomics at the National Polytechnic
Institute. He is co-founder and CSO of Innbiogem SC (a consulting firm
promoting biobank networking), Founder and General Director of
Vitagenesis SA, and Scientific Advisor to Innovita SA (a company
providing business strategy and logistics). To learn more about Prof.
Barrera and his passionate commitment to advancing biomedical science
and championing its translation in Mexico, please, click
here
.

About Vitagenesis

Vitagenesis is a pioneer, in Latin America, in personalized medicine.
Vitagenesis’ mission is to advance research and development that
translates into diagnostic and therapeutic innovations. Vitagenesis is a
research center that develops and offers services in cell biology and
genomics. Vitagenesis was created by the Business Incubation and
Technology Transfer Center of the Autónoma University of Nuevo León,
seeking to capitalize on the expertise of its founding team in Molecular
Biology and Genomics. The company has exceptional human capital,
cutting-edge experimental infrastructure and strategic alliances in the
Life Sciences sector. For more information on Vitagenesis, please, visit https://www.vitagenesis.mx/.

About Trans-Hit Bio

Trans-Hit Biomarkers Inc is the worldwide biospecimen access CRO with a
most extensive collection capability for biospecimens and clinical
samples through an unrivalled worldwide partnered-network of
state-of-the-art biorepositories. The company, led by a team of
scientists with a solid background in biomedical research, advises and
provides Industry with the best solutions to help design and conduct
studies in various fields including oncology, infectiology, and CNS
diseases. Continuous support is provided throughout the entire process
from initial request to the moment the samples are delivered, and
beyond. To learn more about THB, please, visit www.trans-hit.com.

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