Bluechiip, a manufacturer of temperature chain-of-custody tracking products, has released new storage products for stem cells and blood bags.
The new product - a lockable cassette designed to hold blood bags - "represents a significant improvement in the storage and handling of plasma concentrates for the biobank industry," Bluechiip says.
The cassettes, which can be stored in a rack or a frame inside a liquid nitrogen tank, also incorporate the recently released CryoTag technology to allow for real tracking of the temperature of the product throughout its stored life.
These newly developed cassettes "overcome the fundamental problems with existing cassettes and further safeguards stored blood components against temperature variability", the manufacturer stated.
Bluechiip's chief technology officer, Jason Chaffey, said "this product offers biobanks and other facilities greater certainty in identification and temperature stability for their blood and stem cells products".
"The cassettes improve outdated aluminium cassettes in several ways: Bluechiips' are 76% cooler when removed form liquid nitrogen, easier to handle, have a clear window and can be colour coded for ease of identification," he said.
"Importantly, if combined with our racks, then the cassettes have a unique anti-slip mechanism to prevent them from falling or sliding out of the racks when being handled."
According to a recent study by Markets & Markets called Global Biobank Market for Equipment & Media - Trends & Forecasts to 2017, the global freezer rack market is expected to grow from around $39 million in 2012 to $87 million in 2017, a compound growth rate of 17%.