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Metabolomics Solutions for Clinical Drug Development Workflows

Metabolomics is enabling the next wave of new, innovative therapeutics. By unraveling complex interactions between biological processes and the environment, metabolomics is improving clinical trial design and efficacy to bring more life-saving drugs to market faster.

Failed Clinical Trials Cost You Time and Money

Clinical trials require significant financial investment and time commitment. Although they are necessary for drugs to reach patients, a large proportion of clinical trials fail. These failures raise the overall cost of executing clinical trials and delay the arrival of drugs to the market, which means patients must wait longer for the drugs they need and pay more for them when they are finally able to get them.

Metabolon’s Panels and Single Analyte Assays Deliver the Insights You Need

Better insights mean fewer failures. With Metabolon’s targeted and custom panel development, you’ll gain unprecedented metabolomic insights into the impact and mechanism of action of your drug. Use these insights to develop a clinical trial protocol designed to maximize the chances of success.
Metabolon’s Panels and Assays Deliver the Insights You Need
A Clearer Understanding of your Drug’s Mechanism of Action (MoA)

A Clearer Understanding of your Drug’s Mechanism of Action (MoA)

Metabolomics can help clarify your MoA faster by providing deep and unparalleled insights:

  • Correlate changes in levels of highly annotated biochemicals with all other MoA and mechanistic data from your trial, from mid-translation through NDA submission
  • Reveal pleiotropic effects from a majority of targets, including kinases, receptors, apoptosis factors, and immune modulators
  • Provide a unique and comprehensive view of biochemical pathways to identify alterations that directly influence outcomes

See how Metabolon can advance your path to preclinical and clinical insights

Direct Evidence of Real-time Phenotypic Response

Metabolomics can clarify ambiguities by letting you see the comprehensive effects of your drug in patients:

  • Measure small-molecule biomarkers that are the result of a real-time response to your drug
  • Provide deeper insights into precise biomarkers and MoA for disease instead of broad enzymatic activity that regulates a class of molecules
  • Understand systemic alterations from drug treatment, providing a multi-organ snapshot of the effects of your drug in each patient
Clarify Real-time Phenotypic Response
Reduce Noise with A Chemocentric Approach

Reduce Noise with A Chemocentric Approach

Metabolon Global Discovery Panel leverages market-leading technology and the world’s largest biochemical reference library to quickly deliver quality insights.

Our chemocentric approach rapidly and efficiently removes noise and positively identifies metabolites. Our proprietary technology compares the generated data against our extensive metabolite library to isolate relevant metabolites in a matter of minutes. The result is accurate, reproducible, and actionable data delivering a higher resolution and quality beyond what’s possible with traditional ion-centric approaches.

Consultative Expertise

We are with you every step of the clinical trials process, from protocol development to regulatory submission. Each project begins with a scientist-to-scientist consultation to determine your panel needs, including regulatory requirements and project timeline. We explore how to best meet your needs through existing panels, custom-developed panels, or a combination.
Consultative Expertise
Metabolon Provides Solutions for Every Stage of Drug Development

Metabolon Provides Solutions for Every Stage of Drug Development

Drug development is a lengthy process comprised of multiple steps, each with its own challenges and requirements. Metabolon has a solution for every step along the way.

  • Cast a wide research net with our Global Discovery Panel, which enables the identification of 5,400+ metabolites across 70 major biochemical pathways.
  • Once you’ve identified candidate biomarkers, use pre-developed or custom-targeted panels that deliver absolute quantification for research and biomarker applications.

We are ISO 9001, CAP and CLIA certified and can adhere to GCP/GCLP, where needed—so you can advance your biomarkers through clinical trials and commercial diagnostic testing.

Full Adherence to Research and Clinical Regulations

Utilize Metabolon’s suite of tools without worry—we are fully compliant with a range of research and clinical regulations:

  • All services and products adhere to ISO 9001:2015 standards.
  • Targeted panels, including custom targeted panels, can be developed and validated to GCP/GCLP standards for Phase I-III clinical trials.
  • Metabolon’s clinical diagnostics tests, such as the Quantose® Insulin Resistance test, adhere to CLIA, CAP, and New York State CLEP to support patient testing and clinical diagnostics.

We are ISO 9001, CAP and CLIA certified and can adhere to GCP/GCLP, where needed—so you can advance your biomarkers through clinical trials and commercial diagnostic testing.

Full Adherence to Research and Clinical Regulations

How Metabolon Helps Improve Trial Design and Supports Trial Success

Channeling the Power of Metabolomics to Navigate Uncharted Regulatory Pathways for Microbiome Therapeutic Development

When an investigational microbiome therapeutic for preventing C. dificile

recurrence, SER-109, failed Phase II clinical trials, the company had to rethink its clinical trial design.

Using the Metabolon Discovery: Global Panel, the company was able to develop a more efficacious dosing strategy and redesign their clinical trial strategy. The troubleshooting worked—the Phase III clinical trial for SER-109 was a success. The company used Metabolon’s Good Clinical Practice (GCP)-validated targeted metabolomics panels to demonstrate mode of action and dose response of SER-109 during the trial.

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Biomarkers for Neurogenetic Disease Progression

Translational research tools like the Metabolon Global Discovery Panel offer the ability to analyze the serum metabolomic profiles of other types of MPS or other neurological diseases. This will ultimately allow the identification of specific biomarkers (metabolites) for assessing disease progression, severity, and therapeutic outcome for these diseases.

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The Impact of Probiotic Supplementation on Low Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

Metabolomics identified a number of potential biomarkers that link changes in the gut microbiota to changes in metabolomics that affect bone metabolism in aging women. Supplementation of the probiotic L. reuteri led to an increase in the serum levels of key amino acids that may regulate bone metabolism in older women.

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GWAS and Metabolomics Profiling to Predict Antihypertensive Drug Responses

This study leveraged the power of genomics and metabolomics to study a complex multigenetic disease and provide further insight into possible treatment options for hypertension.

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Why Metabolon?

Once you see the full value of metabolomics, the only remaining question is who does it best? While many laboratories have metabolite profiling or analytical chemistry capabilities, comprehensive metabolomics technologies are extremely rare. Accurate, unbiased metabolite identification across the entire metabolome introduces signal-to-noise challenges that very few labs are equipped to handle. Also, translating massive quantities of data into actionable information is slow, if not impossible, for most because proper interpretation takes two things that are in short supply: experience and a comprehensive database.

Only Metabolon has all four core metabolomics capabilities



Ability to interrogate thousands of metabolites across diverse biochemical space, revealing new insights and opportunities



Ability to integrate the data from different studies into the same dataset, in different geographies, among different patients over time



Ability to inform on proper study design, generate high‐quality data, derive biological insights, and make actionable recommendations



Ability to process hundreds of thousands of samples quickly and cost‐efficiently to service rapidly growing demand

Partner with Metabolon to access:


A library of 5,400+ known metabolites, 2,000 in human plasma, all referenced in the context of biochemical pathways

  • That’s 5x the metabolites of the closest competitor

Unparalleled depth and breadth of experience analyzing and interpreting metabolomic data to find meaningful results

  • 10,000+ projects with hundreds of clients
  • 2,000+ publications covering 500 diseases, including numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Cell, Nature and Science
  • Nearly 40 PhDs in data science, molecular biology, and biochemistry

Using our robust platform and visualization tools, our experts are uniquely able to tell you more about your molecule and develop assay panels to help you zero in on the results you need.

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Request a quote for our services, get more information on sample types and handling procedures, request a letter of support, or submit a question about how metabolomics can advance your research.

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