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Quality Data Results from Quality Sample Handling & Processing

Metabolon’s commitment to your study’s success is centered around our proven sample preparation and handling methods. Our experience protecting the integrity of metabolite samples for the most accurate and reproducible results is unmatched. Leveraging this experience, we created the complimentary Metabolon Study Success Sample Handling Kit, purpose-built to support sample collection, shipping, traceability, and, ultimately, quality results for your study.

Sample Types

Coverage encompasses the biochemical breadth and diversity that you can detect in your samples. To fully understand your biological systems, you must be able to capture not only endogenous metabolites, those produced by the host, but also exogenous. We have developed robust, standardized methods for working with a range of solid and liquid samples from humans, animals, insects, and plants.

Solid Samples (50 to 100 mg, depending on sample type):

  • Feces (fresh/frozen or ambient temperature collection)
  • Organ tissue
  • Tumor
  • Cell pellets
  • Food/ingredients
  • Plant (stem, root, leaf) materials
  • Dried blood spots

Liquid Samples (150 to 300 µL):

  • Whole blood
  • Urine
  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Saliva
  • Cell culture media
Poor Metabolomics Coverage Limits Biological Understanding
Intelligent Study Design

Sample Arrival

When you’re ready to ship your samples to Metabolon, our Client Success Team will work with you to select the best option for ensuring your samples arrive safely. When your samples arrive, they are immediately logged into our customized laboratory information management system (mLIMS™). This system ensures traceability, sample quality, and quick turnaround.

Sample Storage

Samples are stored in carefully monitored, temperature-controlled -80°C freezers backed by generators or other sample-appropriate storage until they are ready for processing in our labs.
Broad Coverage Leads to Actionable Insights

Processing Samples in a Quality-controlled Environment

Our hyper-focus on quality control means that approximately 20% of received samples are reserved for quality control. Additionally, our laboratories have the following certifications and accreditations:

  • ISO 9001:2015 for analytical and diagnostic testing of biological specimens
  • CLIA certified & accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for diagnostic testing on human specimens

Additionally, Metabolon has a New York State Department of Health Clinical Laboratory permit to perform certain clinical metabolomics testing.

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

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.

Contact Us

Talk with an expert

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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Morrisville, NC 27560

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110407
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

+1 (919) 572-1721