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Clinical Trials

We have a proven track record of developing customized solutions to support clinical trials and research needs. We work with academic research centres, contract research organizations, biotech companies and principal investigators to provide:
central lab kit collections for phase II and III studies
local lab collection and testing for phase I and phase IV clinical studies.

For phase II and III, sample collection can be facilitated at a LifeLabs Patient Service Centre, on a mobile basis at the subject’s home, or we can provide courier pick-up at the clinic or research centre for clients who collect their own samples. Our staff are TDG trained, and together with our robust courier network, LifeLabs will ensure the safe and timely delivery of samples.

We know that controlled testing and accurate laboratory results depends on specimens arriving at the right time, right place and right temperature. Our fleet of 500 couriers and mobile lab service providers, together with our 16 laboratories and over 382 Patient Service Centres, ensures you receive complete integrated lab services. Key features include:

  • LifeLabs’ owned and operated courier system
  • Real-time specimen tracking
  • Compliance with all transportation and laboratory regulations, requirements and accepted guidelines for the transportation of laboratory specimens
  • Domestic and international logistics management

We are committed to performing accurate testing and record-keeping standards to support your clinical trials. LifeLabs complies with the Standards Council of Canada’s Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) principles and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). We work with provincial, national and international accreditation and licensing bodies to ensure that we are meeting the highest industry standards. All our labs are fully licensed as per provincial requirements and our regional and reference laboratories carry Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQHM) certifications. Select labs, including our new genetics laboratory, hold College of American Pathologist (CAP) Accreditation.

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Reports are available via automated processes, fax and/or printed paper reports. We also offer data management services to customize records in multiple electronic file formats through documented planning processes.


Through our clinical data management team we can help you manage your data through:

  • database design
  • data specifications annotation
  • data-entry data validation
  • test coding
  • data extraction
  • finalize database locking

We provide access to leading specialized testing menus with exceptional testing turnaround times to meet your study needs.

Our clinical safety test menu includes:

  • Biochemistry
  • Coagulation
  • Drugs of Abuse Screening (both Chain of Custody and non-Chain of Custody)
  • Hematology
  • Histopathology
  • Microbiology
  • Serology
  • Urinalysis
  • Electrocardiograms and Holter monitoring
  • Infectious Disease testing

Other value-added features include:

  • Dedicated account manager
  • Customer Care Centre with access to results 24/7
  • On-line appt booking
  • Critical and stat reporting
  • Access to our full test menu
  • ISO 5189 certified
  • Cost Effective