GenTegra® LLC. — Why we do what we do
Our interest in ambient protection and storage began over twenty years ago when one of our founders lost all his archived samples due to storm damage. The samples were stored in what was and is a state-of-the-art facility of freezers with electrical generator backup. However, all of this was to no avail because the storm first took out the electricity to the area and then the flooding that resulted from days of rain took out the backup generators at the facility. Because the storm damage was so extensive the power was not restored for weeks and the entire archive of frozen samples were lost. The result was a personal commitment to thinking, “there must be a better way than relying on freezers to protect valuable irreplaceable samples.” From this thinking, Active Chemical Protection™ was developed as that better way.
Active Chemical Protection™ is designed to protect biological samples from harm better than freezing and without the inherent risks of relying on freezers. This concern for protection begins at the point where a sample is of interest to our customer. For raw samples, such as blood, we offer paper based products to stabilize the whole blood on special papers such as FTA, GenSaver™, GenProtect™ and GenCollect™ papers. We focus on protecting samples while they are being transported between collection point and the laboratory and on sample storage for weeks, months or years. Whether samples are intended for advanced next generation sequencing, NGS, or for pre-analytics our goal is to get the sample to its end use where it can deliver the same results as a freshly collected sample and to do this without the need for cooling at 4°C, freezing, shipping on dry ice or storage at other than ambient conditions.
Much cost, safety concerns, and complex shipping requirements can be eliminated when a sample can be transported in a simple padded envelope and stored in a normal laboratory environment. Our products, GenTegra™-DNA, GenTegra-RNA, Collection card papers and GenPlates® allow for ambient transport, as defined by FedEx and UPS (-80°C to +70°C) with complete protection against measurable damage to the nucleic acids being transported. The same high level of protection is provided for years of storage at ambient laboratory conditions.