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Pharmacology services frequently asked questions

How do I send you my samples?

We can accept samples in a number of ways as we have the ability to extract the drug target through solid phase extraction, liquid extraction and protein precipitation. This can be discussed during the enquiry and scoping phase.

How long will it take for my samples to be screened?

This will vary according to your method, number of samples and the MORU research programme. While we might make some tweaks to make things as efficient as possible across equipment, we schedule things on a first come, first served basis and so if we know when the samples are due to arrive we can plan this with you.

What does it cost?

This depends on the services you require but for cost services including extraction and measurement, costs are around US$45 - US$90.

We have around 10,000 samples within our study. Do you have the capacity to do routine drug analysis on that many samples?

We can analyse around 15,000 samples per year, including MORU’s own research programmes. If you contact us with details of your proposal and timings, we will be able to review this with you.

What if I want to screen for more than one drug?

No problem assuming you have enough sample to be processed. We can establish what is feasible during the initial consultation and work with you to make this as efficient as possible for getting your results.

I don’t have a method to extract/measure my target drug. Can you help?

We are really interested in developing new methods and welcome collaborative opportunities. Make sure you highlight this in your initial enquiry and we can discuss this during the consultation.

I want to analyse the results myself. Is this possible?

This is fine, you’ll just need the core services.

I only have around 100 samples to analyse. Will you still do the High Throughput Routine Drug Analysis?

A run is undertaken on a 96-well plate which allows for extracting 73 samples with the remaining 23 wells used for calibration standards and quality control samples. We can do this for anything over 100 samples or more.

How can I be sure the results are right?

MORU has its own QA/QC sub-department which operates independently, holding the lab accountable through objective oversight. All assays are developed, validated and conducted in accordance with international standards and requirements of ISO 15189:2012 and ISO 15190:2003. Laboratory personnel performing specific tasks are knowledgeable, well-trained and qualified prior to work on customer samples.

Can I come to MORU and use the equipment myself?

The full ISO accreditation standards require that all processing is undertaken by a member of the MORU Clinical Pharmacology team. However collaborators wishing to observe are welcome upon request and will be supported where possible.

I’m writing a Grant Application and want to include details of this in my proposal. What should I write and how much should I budget?

If you can’t find the information you need on these pages of the website, we are happy to assist you in providing information for grant applications and in submitting Letters of Collaboration for research scientist applying for grants intended to fund a screen. If you will need this, please advise us of your intentions well in advance of grant application deadlines. Just drop us an email.

Who owns the data?

If this project is analysed as contract analysis all results generated from this project belongs to the customer. If the project is analysed as research collaboration, raw data and analysis results belongs to both MORU Clinical Pharmacology laboratory and the customer. If this is conducted as a research collaboration both parties agree not to use the data for any other purpose than agreed unless written consent has been obtained from the other party. Disclosure of confidential information is governed by the MORU Confidentially and Nondisclosure Agreement.

Can you assist with designing sampling schedules for pharmacokinetic studies?

 Yes, we are happy to assist with this. Just drop us an email.

We are currently planning a clinical trial, can you help us with dose selection for the involved drugs?

We can use pharmacokinetic modelling and simulation to assist with this. Just drop us an email for further discussion.

I have more questions, Is there someone I can contact?

Yes, send an email to Joel TarningRichard Hoglund and/or Urairat