Safely ship & protect RNA

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GenTegra-RNA is the best protection available for RNA. GenTegra-RNA is a water soluble, Active Chemical Protection™ that when added to RNA forms a protective matrix that preserves RNA in the dry state. The protection is near perfect at the extremes of temperature (-80°C to +72°C) for >4yrs. The protection is unmatched when it comes to protecting against the temperatures encountered when shipping RNA samples. Independent studies show GenTegra-RNA protection is better than shipping on dry ice. GenTegra-RNA is the only dry storage product that provides immediate protection against RNase activity before drying and allows the use of all standard buffer systems. Studies prove conclusively that GenTegra-RNA begins protecting your RNA the instant it is added to the RNA solution and protects RNA long-term better than storage at -20°C or -80°C and you save valuable freezer space. GenTegra-RNA is protected by an awarded US Patent.

All GenTegra-RNA products have a shelf life of 3-years at ambient temperatures.

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The most convenient product format for the small laboratory is our 100, 0.5 ml screw cap tube package, GTR5100-S, which is delivered in four sealed envelopes of 25 tubes each. This format is perfect for shipping samples to a sequencing laboratory and for storing small numbers of RNA samples for later use.

Large usage of GenTegra-RNA means automation and 96-well microplate formats that support the use of automation. This means ten packs of GenTegra 96-well microplates GTR4010-P or ten packs of 2D barcoded, 96-tube racks GTR1010-BC. Both these formats lend well to the automation of purification and adding GenTegra-RNA, 96 samples at a time. If you are considering the use of GenTegra-RNA in an existing automated protocol, contact Gentegra for assistance in making the addition of GenTegra-RNA both quick and simple. Significant price reductions are available for large volume users of GenTegra-RNA.

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GenTegra-RNA is a water soluble chemical matrix that when combined with purified RNA allows it to be air-dried to form a solid matrix which protects RNA in the dry state better than freezing. GenTegra-RNA protection is near perfect at the extremes of temperature (-80°C to +72°C) for years. This protection is unmatched when it comes to protecting against the high temperatures likely to be encountered when shipping samples for sequencing. GenTegra-RNA is the only dry storage product that provides RNA immediate protection against RNase activity and protects in all standard buffer systems. Studies prove conclusively that GenTegra-RNA begins protecting your RNA the instant it is added to the RNA and protects RNA long term better than storage at -80°C and you save valuable freezer space. Accelerated temperature time studies show protection equivalent to >20 years. GenTegra-RNA has been protecting RNA since 2010 and is protected by an awarded US Patent.

Independent studies now show that using GenTegra-RNA to protect the RNA sample during shipping protects the RNA better than shipping on dry ice. The instant GenTegra-RNA is added to the RNA it begins to protect the RNA. With GenTegra-RNA protection added the solution may be used at room temperature for up to 48 hours without fear of RNA degradation. After 48 hours the samples are dried and are ready for safe protected shipping. When using GenTegra-RNA to ship samples for sequencing the savings in shipping costs will more than pay the costs of the GenTegra-RNA.

All GenTegra-RNA products have a shelf life of greater than 3-years at ambient temperatures.

The most convenient product format for the small laboratory is the 100, 0.5 ml screw cap tube package, GTR5100-S, which is delivered in four sealed envelopes of 25 tubes each. This format is perfect for shipping samples between laboratories and for storing small numbers of RNA samples for later use.

When the number of samples begins to reach a level where automation might be being considered then GenTegra-RNA protection in a 96-well microplate or a 96-tube rack may be a better fit to need. GTR4001-P and GTR1001 are both formats that match the standard 96=well microplate design and make handling larger numbers of samples easy. At this point it may also be reasonable to consider using the GTR100-B which is our bulk format that makes enough solution to add to 100 samples of RNA in any tube format you may be using.

If you would like to evaluate GenTegra-RNA in your laboratory, simply request a three tube evaluation kit GTR5003-S and we are happy to provide it at no charge. We do ask you to pay the shipping costs.

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GenTegra-DNA safely stores purified DNA at room temperature

GenTegra-DNA is a water soluble chemical matrix that when added to purified DNA allows it to be air-dried to form a solid matrix which coats, preserves and protects DNA in the dry state at ambient temperatures. The protection is near perfect at the extremes of temperature (-80°C to +56°C) for many years. GenTegra-DNA is especially valuable and effective at protecting against the high temperatures likely to be encountered when shipping samples. Studies prove conclusively that GenTegra-DNA protects DNA better than storage at -20°C or -80°C and you save valuable freezer space. GenTegra-DNA has been protecting DNA samples since 2009 and is protected by an awarded US Patent. All GenTegra-DNA products have an expected shelf life of greater than 3-years at ambient temperatures. Accelerated temperature time studies show protection equivalent to >20 years. GenTegra-DNA has been protecting DNA since 2008 and is protected by an awarded US Patent. No need for a desiccant, ice or dry ice when shipping. And because of the stability at ambient temperatures it simply does not matter if the sample is delayed in shipment, it will still arrive perfectly intact and ready to use.

Once the purified DNA has been combined with the GenTegra-DNA matrix and dried it is stable and protected. And once dried it stays dry because it is not hydroscopic and will not take up water. Long term archiving of the DNA sample does not require either humidity control or desiccant to keep the DNA safe.

All GenTegra-DNA products have a shelf life of 3-years at ambient temperatures.

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The most convenient product format for the small laboratory is the 100, 0.5 ml screw cap tube package. GTD2100-S which is delivered in four sealed envelopes of 25 tubes each. This format is perfect for shipping samples between laboratories and for storing small numbers of DNA samples for later use.

When the number of samples begins to reach a level where automation might be being considered then GenTegra-DNA in a 96-well microplate or a 96-tube rack may be a better fit to need. GTD4001-P and GTD1001 are both formats that match the standard 96 well microplate design and make handling larger numbers of samples easier. At this point it may also be reasonable to consider using the GTD100-B which is our bulk format that makes enough solution to add to 100 samples of DNA in any tube format you may be using.

If you would like to evaluate GenTegra-DNA in your laboratory, simply request a three-tube evaluation kit GTD2003-S and we are happy to provide it at no charge. We do ask you to pay the shipping costs.

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Large usage of GenTegra means automation and product formats that support the automation requirements. This means ten packs of GenTegra microplates GTD4010-P or ten packs of 2D 96-tube racks GTD1010-BC. Both these formats lend well to the automation of purification and adding GenTegra-DNA, 96 samples at a time. Laboratories that are automated may also want to simply add the GenTegra-DNA directly as part of their existing automation. This is support by our large volume bulk products that makes solutions ready to treat 2000 or 4000 samples a week both easy and economical.

Biobanking has begun to stabilize on the use of 2D barcode tubes to provide absolutely positive identification of each and every samples. GenTegra-DNA can be provided in the 2D barcode tube format with each tube already containing GenTegra-DNA or we can supply the GenTegra-DNA in the large bulk format and the automation system adds the GenTegra-DNA to the 2D barcoded tubes at the appropriate step in the automate process.

If you are considering the use of GenTegra-DNA in an existing automated protocol, contact use for assistance in making the addition of GenTegra-DNA both quick and simple. Pricing is such the GenTegra-DNA when used by a biobank to replace freezer storage the long-term cost saving are significant and ambient storage reduces storage space requirements for 30% to 300% depending upon the operation of the biobank. GenTegra offers a free consultation for any biobank or large use laboratory that wishes to investigate the cost and space saving of using GenTegra-DNA for the long term protect of their purified DNA samples.

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Collection cards for DNA, RNA and biologicals

Collection cards are ideal for field sample collection in areas where a cold chain is unavailable or difficult to maintain. GenTegra offers cards for every need, DNA collection, RNA collection or sample collection for analysis of small molecule metabolites.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö GenSaver Card is the first new technology for collection and long-term storage of DNA in DBS in more than 20 years. GenSaver cards use the highly regarded and proven GenTegra®-DNA Active Chemical Protection™ on superior Ahlstrom paper. When collecting DBS for ambient temperature transportation or long-term DNA storage, this is the card of choice. GenSaver cards provide high levels of protection for the DNA during shipment and storage even at elevated temperatures. Dried Blood Spots (DBS) on GenSaver cards can be used directly for PCR with no cleanup step required. A small punch can be added directly to the PCR mix without worrying about inhibition of the PCR reaction.

All Ahlstrom-Munksjö specimen collection cards are manufactured to ISO 18385 compliance, ensuring no human DNA contamination, so they are suitable for forensic specimen collection needs as well as research specimen collection. Collection cards are available in all the common formats to meet your needs. The GenSaver cards are available in 1-spot, 2-spot & 4-spot formats and in color versions for use with clear samples. Collection cards are also available in custom formats and private branding. If you have a unique card design need or want your company name on the card, contact info@gentegra.com for details.

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GenTegra GenProtect II RNA collection card is the first sample collection card designed to capture and protect total RNA. Beginning with the Active Chemical Protection designed tp protect purified RNA, GenTegra-RNA, the chemistry has been re-formulated and enhanced to create a new sample collection card that protects tRNA in raw blood and other biological fluids. Once the blood spot is dried, the tRNA is protected at ambient temperatures for up to 2 months. Protection includes an effective RNase inhibitor that does not interfere with reverse transcription. This new GenProtect II RNA technology is currently in early access testing. If you are interested in evaluating GenTegra GenProtect II RNA cards, please contact GenTegra at info@gentegra.com concerning availability and qualification for the Early Access Program. Limited quantities are available for early testing. The GenTegra GenProtect II cards are the only collection cards specifically designed and developed for the field collection of RNA without the need for cold chain to protect the RNA.

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The Ahlstrom-Munksjö GenCollect card is a plain paper card without added chemicals and is designed for collection of samples that will be analyzed using MassSpec. This is the card of choice for collecting neonatal blood samples or for any sample that is to be used for small molecule analysis. The GenCollect card may also be used for DNA collection if the sample will be extracted and processed in a short period of time after collection. The GenCollect card is available in 1-spot, 2-spot & 3-spot formats and in a color version for clear samples such as saliva.

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GenSaver 2.0 Forensic Sample Collection Cards

Designed and developed in partnership with forensic scientists, the GenSaver 2.0 series of cards are the superior choice for all forensic DNA sample collection needs.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö GenSaver 2.0 series cards are designed for better performance when used for the collection of forensic samples. Many forensic samples are, because of where and how they are collected, contaminated with environmental microbes. Growth of these contaminating microbes could compromise the integrity of the DNA captured on the card. The series 2.0 GenSaver cards have an added anti-microbial agent that inhibits microbial growth. While the GenTegra Active Chemical Protection™ protects the DNA, the anti-microbial agent prevents contaminating microbial growth. For collection of forensic samples that are intended for later DNA extraction GenSaver 2.0 is the collection card of choice. All Ahlstrom-Munksjö collection cards are manufactured to ISO 18385 compliance, ensuring no human DNA contamination, so they are suitable for all forensic specimen collection needs. Collection cards are available in all the common formats to meet your needs

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Extract & Purify DNA from Dried Blood Spots (DBS).

GenSolve DNA COMPLETE extraction and purification kit yields more and better DNA from dried blood spots.

The GenSolve DNA COMPLETE kit combines the acknowledged superior quality and quantity of DNA extracted by GenSolve with superior column-based purification to yield the best and most DNA possible from Dried Blood Spots on any collection card. The combination of extraction and purification is specifically designed to provide the very best results when working with dried blood spots, DBS, as the sample origin. Quality DNA can be efficiently recovered at higher yield from treated paper, i.e. GenSaver™ or FTA®, and as well as plain papers, i.e. GenCollect and Guthrie cards. The GenSolve extraction chemistry, coupled with the recovery process, enhances digestion of dried biological material and liberates more DNA from the DBS. The resulting lysate, which is a mixture of DNA, cellular debris and various chemicals, is then applied directly onto a purification column. Subsequent washing steps separate the DNA from cellular contamination and a final elution step results in purified DNA ready for any genetic analysis techniques or for long term storage using GenTegra-DNA or freezing.

If the purified DNA is combined with GenTegra-DNA and dried it is stable and protected for decades of storage at room temperature. And once dried it stays dry because it is non-hydroscopic and will not take up water. Long term archiving of the DNA sample with GenTegra-DNA does not require humidity control or desiccant to keep the DNA safe for decades.

Additionally, you have the convenience of getting everything you need from one vendor.

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GenSolve has been recognized for years as the best available extraction method for getting high quality high quantity DNA from Dried Blood Spots (DBS). The combination of chemistry and mechanical treatment yield unmatched amounts of DNA no matter what DBS collection card is used. GenSolve extraction kit is designed to provide the best possible extraction of DNA from a DBS on FTA paper.

The combination of GenSolve and GenSaver paper yields >95% of all the DNA available in the DBS. GenSolve extraction kit can be used with any purification kit on the market. Or use the GenSolve DNA COMPLETE kit which combines all the advantages of GenSolve extraction as well as outstanding column-based DNA purification.

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GenPlates® Safely store blood, buffy coat & plasma at room temperature

GenPlates are an automation friendly 398 well format for storing raw blood, buffy coat, saliva and other fluid biospecimens at room temperature for later extraction of high quality dsDNA.

GenPlates®: are an automation friendly, high density format for biobanking of blood and other biological fluids on FTA paper. The GenPlate is a high density 384-microplate format with a 6-mm disc of FTA paper in each well. FTA paper has been, for decades now, the de-facto standard for protecting DNA that is stored on paper as dried blood spots. GenPlates have been storing and protecting DNA in dried blood spots since 2006, and are protected by US and Int. Patents. GenPlates are available in several formats to best fits the storage needs of your samples.

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Our most popular GenPlate format is the 24 region GenPlate that stores blood spots from 24 subjects and each subject has 4 replicates stored on the GenPlate. All current sequencing technologies can now do deep whole genome sequencing on the DNA extracted from on 6 mm disc. And all the extra DNA is often put onto GenTegra-DNA to preserve it for later use as need. The four replicates ensure that another sample is always available when needed.

Dried blood spots on FTA paper require storage in a humidity controlled environment to ensure the samples are properly protected from future contamination. GenTegra also supplies cabinets and archives that provide active humidity control for the storage of GenPlates. Each GenPlate has a unique barcode on it and the Personal Archive offers a storage cabinet that provides a unique 2D barcode for each and every storage location within the archive.

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Archives to Safely & Efficiently store samples

GenTegra Archives hold a wide variety of standard laboratory storage media and offer convenience, organization and low-cost sample storage

The GenStore Archive is a high capacity moderate cost storage cabinet that can be tailored to the storage needs of the laboratory. Design primarily for the storage of GenTegra-DNA and GenTegra-RNA protected samples the GenStore cabinet does not require humidity control and has a capacity for 460,800 discrete samples in standard 96-well microplate format.

When storing GenPlates the GenStore Archive requires the optional active dehumidifier to keep the GenPlate samples dry and stable. The GenStore Archive has the capacity to store 8,880 GenPlates.

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The Personal Archive is an efficient high-density method for storing hundreds of thousands of biosamples dried on GenPlates. In about 9.5 square feet of floor space over 2,400 GenPlates can be easily stored and just as easily retrieved. Depending upon the configuration of the GenPlate used as many as 172,800 discrete sample aliquots can be archived. The personal archive is well suited for organizations that collect a relatively large number of dried blood spot samples for their personal research efforts. Each Personal archive comes equip with a 2D barcode hand scanner and an active dehumidifier to keep the GenPlates dry and stable. Each drawer of the Personal archive locks to keep samples secure.

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FastDryer™ makes drying samples easy

This FastDryer (GVGT2001) is a simple, economical and convenient way to dry biosamples following application to GenTegra-DNA or GenTegra-RNA. Each FastDryer will accept one 96-well microplates, one rack of 0.3 ml cluster tubes, one GenPlate or up to 48, 0.5 ml, screw-cap tubes. Most samples of ≤ 50 µl will be dried overnight and be ready for storage in the morning. The FastDryer has been tested and shows no carryover between samples.

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This FastDryer (GVGT-6000) is a larger version that can hold up to six standard microplates, cluster tube racks or GenPlates. It also holds up to 144, o.5 ml, screw cap tubes. Most samples of ≤ 50 µl will be dried overnight and be ready for storage in the morning. The FastDryer has been tested and shows no carryover between samples.

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Implementing Ambient Biobanking

Biobanks are lean organizations with little if any spare time and any change being considered must be done in a way that minimizes its impact on the day to day operation. Our consultation service is designed to identify the best way to implement dry ambient storage technology into the biobank’s operation while ensuring a minimum impact on process, personnel and expenses. The consultation service is free of charge and is provided according to the biobank’s schedule.

Consultation starts with a three-page questionnaire answered in writing or through a one-on one conversation to understand the present operations and processes of the biobank/biorepository.
If the initial questionnaire was in writing a follow-up conversation or teleconference is arranged to further discuss and understand the detailed operation 0f the lab.

A written report is then prepared by GenTegra summarizing the biobanks operation and reviewed by the biobank staff. Once the report is approved, with or without edits a final report issued.

With the final report approved a proposal is generated outlining effective and efficient methods for beginning the implementation and adoption of ambient temperature storage and the use of Active chemical technology in the biobank. Key areas of concern in the proposal are minimizing the impact on the biobank as the new Active chemical technology is adopted. The concerns are to minimize impacts to the operations and to minimize the costs of adopting Active chemical technology.

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OEM products and Custom formulations

GenTegra is ready to provide private label versions of our protective technologies to companies that need a better and cheaper alternative to shipping temperature sensitive samples on dry ice or wet ice.

If shipping samples or products on dry ice is causing you both high costs and lost samples due to shipping delays GenTegra may be able to help. We are available to provide our technology, such as GenTegra-RNA in either a private label OEM or our GenTegra-INSIDE co-branding products.

Contact us at info@gentegra.com and we will happily work with you to solve your stability issues.

GenTegra has technologies for stabilizing biological molecules other than nucleic acids and is ready to discuss how we might provide you with a solution to any instability problem you might have.

Contact GenTegra at info@gentegra.com and we will happily work with you to solve your stability issues.