Frequently Asked Questions
Metabolon provides personalized guidance for study success at every stage of the process. Beginning with a study design consult, we set the stage for a successful study. Then, we offer guidance and tools for proper sample collection with the support of our Metabolon Study Success Sample Handling Kit. Once samples have gone through our laboratory process, reports may be visualized in the MyMetabolon portal. Some clients want deeper interpretation, so they work with our Discovery and Translational Science experts who elevate meaningful biological insights to narrate a comprehensive and credible story of your research discoveries.
We have honed our expertise in metabolomics through more than 10,000 projects in 100 species and more than 500 diseases. The study of metabolites is translatable across species, across diseases. Metabolon offers the broadest view of the metabolome, our labs are ISO 9001:2015 certified, certified by CLIA and accredited by the College of American Pathologists for diagnostic testing on human specimens. Our institutional knowledge will guide you through a successful metabolomics study from the start by ensuring your study is properly powered, properly controlled and aligned to your research objectives.
The quality of your sample is everything. Our Sample Prep team provides time-tested sample collection and handling guidelines for collection and storage, volumes requirements and tube selection to ensure you are prepped for success, right from the start.
The biological insight from a study is only as good as the metabolite annotation – if you want the highest quality metabolomic insight you need the highest quality annotation. Our integrated bioinformatics solution makes it possible to efficiently and accurately mine the world’s largest, validated metabolomics compound library for every study, to ensure consistently reliable results, every time. Read more about our Tier 1 identification workflow.
With more than 20 years under our belt studying the area of metabolomics, we have developed the most precise methods and tools to study metabolites from our global platform to innovative ways we are leveraging bioinformatics and machine learning to study the data. Metabolon’s global Precision MetabolomicsTM LC-MS platform is precisely powered to help detect more unique metabolites than any other platform. While LC-MS certainly requires more effort than other methods, the benefits of superior coverage of the total metabolome make the extra effort worthwhile.
In untargeted metabolomics, the critical step to separating noisy ion features from insight is accurate metabolite identification (often also called annotation). We begin with the highest quality annotation supported by our highly trained curation staff that has the skills and technical expertise to confidently navigate large data sets to deliver a reliable, high-fidelity view of your results.
We deliver robust quality assurance and quality control at every stage with a rigorous data governance program and adherence to valued U.S. federal and international standards and regulations.
Our robust Quality Management System (QMS) goes beyond internal quality assurance and quality control to include external certifications and adherence to those standards.