(August 28, 2019)
Salimetrics, the provider of better methods for salivary bioscience, and daacro (Diagnostic Assessment and Clinical Research Organization), the German stress contract research organization, celebrate 5 years of collaborative efforts in salivary bioscience stress research.
Salimetrics, and daacro (Diagnostic Assessment and Clinical Research Organization), have recently passed their five-year milestone of collaboration in salivary bioscience stress research. daacro combines CRO standards, hormone diagnostics and psychoneuroendocrine stress expertise, with a primary focus towards performing feasibility studies, phase 1 – phase 4 clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies, and clinical studies in the healthcare, food and supplement industries. daacro also offers strategic and scientific consulting services. By combining their extensive industry knowledge with the highest-quality salivary assays and salivary bioscience methods, daacro excels at providing in-depth stress expertise with gold-standard services.
Salimetrics supports daacro with the leading salivary bioscience tools and methods. “Quality of the products utilized in a clinical trial is just as important as the quality of the company that utilizes them. Such high standards are required in all aspects of the implementation of a study design in order to maintain the highest level of rigor and reproducibility,” says Supriya Gaitonde, Ph.D., Salimetrics Senior Application Scientist.
daacro’s experts utilize sophisticated assessments of the effects of psychotropic substances on anxiety, depression, and stress utilizing salivary biomarkers such as salivary cortisol and melatonin, among others. “Salivary cortisol is routinely assayed in our basic stress profiles, neuropattern(TM), Trier Social Stress Tests (TSST), as well as other human and animal stress studies,” says Juliane Hellhammer, Ph.D., daacro founder and CEO. “We knew from the beginning that Salimetrics’ proven commitment to better science was the right fit for a scientific partner that would consistently meet our personal and company requirements.”
Salimetrics and daacro continue to maintain collaborative efforts on research projects. “Over the last five years, this strategic partnership has been paramount in enabling daacro to advance its mission of translating the basic science of the psychobiology of stress to the industries in which it serves,” says Dr. Hellhammer. “Partnering with Salimetrics ensures that the salivary bioscience arm of our organization is always operating with the methods that maintain the highest scientific credibility.”
daacro’s world-renowned Saliva Lab Trier is designated as a Salimetrics Center of Excellence (COE). The Salimetrics’ COE program is dedicated to promoting credible scientific research findings through better saliva testing methods. Becoming a COE lab requires strict salivary bioscience laboratory standards, high quality testing methods, and consistently accurate salivary bioscience data. “daacro is one of only four international labs that have been recognized by Salimetrics as a qualified saliva testing laboratory and offers comprehensive scientific advice and a range of laboratory-based analysis to industry partners,” says Dr. Gaitonde.
“daacro is committed to offering superior services and solutions for clinical and research studies that bridge the gap between academic and clinical research, while employing a level of flexibility that supports successful solutions for evidence-based research,” says Dr. Hellhammer. “…and, we are thankful to have a collaborative partner that parallels our mission to provide meticulous scientific oversight and quality standards at the highest level.”
The increasing number of industry studies on stress-related disorders and the need for prevention of stress-related health complaints have created a strong foundation for robust and reproducible science. “daacro’s commitment to quality and rate of adoption for significant scientific advancements places them in the top tier of salivary testing laboratory service providers,” says Dr. Gaitonde. “The translational utility of salivary bioscience is expanding, and our ability to harness and implement better methods is vital to the continued growth of the salivary bioscience community and the people it serves.”
To learn more about Salimetrics, daacro, the Salimetrics COE program and Salivary Bioscience, investigators can visit the Salimetrics Website.
Salimetrics’ assay kits and CLIA-certified testing services are used to measure salivary analytes related to stress, behavior and development, inflammation, sleep, reproduction, health and immune function. Founded in 1998 by Douglas A. Granger, Ph.D., Salimetrics, LLC support CROs, pharmaceuticals, academic researchers and the immunodiagnostic industry around the world with innovative immunoassay products, non-invasive saliva collection methods, and laboratory testing services.
daacro is a full service contract research organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Juliane Hellhammer. The company is located in Trier/Germany and collaborates worldwide with academic and industrial partners. The daacro team includes scientific and strategic consultants, clinicians, statisticians, programmers, and a salivary laboratory team. daacro’s expertise in combining scientific excellence with quality standards of clinical trials supports product development for pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics industries, and health care providers.
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