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Biomarker Discovery and Analysis

Accelerate biomarker discovery with industry leading metabolomics services supported by a global library of 5,400 metabolites plus bioinformatics.


Metabolomics for Biomarker Discovery

Biomarker discovery plays a crucial role in drug development by identifying reproducible and measurable indicators of physiology and disease etiology. These markers enable precision medicine by improving diagnosis, patient stratification, monitoring of treatment response, and optimizing therapeutic interventions. Ultimately, their use accelerates the development of targeted therapies, reduces costs, and improves patient outcomes, making biomarker discovery an indispensable component of modern drug development strategies.

Metabolon’s leading LC-MS metabolomics technology and bioinformatics solution combines incredibly powerful small molecule bioanalysis methodologies with the world’s largest proprietary library of annotated analytes, giving you both extensive coverage to support potential biomarker discovery, and great confidence in your data.

With nearly 25 years of experience designing metabolomic studies that deliver actional insights, we are confident that your study will be enhanced with the power of metabolomics that can support your biomarker discovery efforts.

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Biomarker Discovery Across Biopharma Pipelines

Drug Discovery
Pre-Clinical Development
Clinical Trials
Manufacturing and Quality Control

Drug Discovery

Biomarkers aid researchers in understanding disease mechanisms, enabling the development of targeted therapies. Biomarker analysis can also help identify new targets, repurpose drugs and help elucidate PK and PD.

Pre-Clinical Development

In pre-clinical drug development, biomarker discovery is vital for assessing drug efficacy and safety before human trials. Identifying reliable indicators helps predict potential treatment outcomes, optimize dosage, and evaluate drug toxicity.

Clinical Trials

Biomarkers aid in patient stratification, treatment monitoring, and assessing therapeutic efficacy. Streamlining drug development, biomarkers enhance decision-making.

Manufacturing and Quality Control

Identifying reliable markers helps researchers validate that production processes are on target, including batch uniformity, and verification of product integrity. Utilizing biomarker monitoring enhances manufacturing efficiency, ensures regulatory compliance, and guarantees the reliability and safety of pharmaceutical products throughout their production lifecycle.

Working with Us

Through Metabolon’s end-to-end service for all our products, from study design to data reporting, we ensure the maximum value, utility, and applicability of your data to advance your research objectives.

Step One.

Study Design Consultation

Step Two.

Ship and Receive Samples

Step Three.


Step Four.

Data Insights

Step One.

Study Design Consultation

All successful studies require three main components: a clearly defined objective, strong study design elements, and adequate study power. We ensure these components are incorporated into every study—which increases the data quality and improves the chance of market success. We support projects as early as concept development, ensuring all study requirements are being considered to help you design a successful study that effectively and economically answers your research questions.

Every study begins with a one-on-one consultation to fully understand your research goals. Once we understand your goals, we can work with you to design a metabolomic study that will detect salient “cause and effect” metabolic changes with proper consideration of sample types, time points, doses, and phenotypic/disease severity.

Strong study design elements are central to uncovering biologically significant results. To minimize variation—and, therefore, noise—the following four design elements must be met: selection of an appropriate matrix, collection of adequate exposures (i.e., dose and time of collection), use of controls for every tested variable, and consistency across the study.

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Step Two.

Ship and Receive Samples

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. We offer our complimentary Metabolon Study Success Sample Handling Kit which includes the appropriate quantity of barcoded Metabolon Standard Preferred tubes for your designated matrix. These samples can be easily labelled using our automated barcode system.

When your samples arrive, they are immediately logged into our customized laboratory information management system (LIMS). This system ensures traceability, sample quality, and quick turnaround. Samples are stored in carefully monitored, generator-backed, -80°C freezers or other sample-appropriate storage until they are ready for processing in our labs Additionally, our laboratories are ISO 9001:2015 and CLIA certified and CAP accredited.

Step Three.

Platform Technology

Samples are processed using ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem accurate mass spectrometry (UHPLC/MS/MS) methods. These data are curated against our unparallel molecular library utilizing our proprietary software. Guided by SOPs, each step in the analysis process is tightly monitored and systems are operated in a rigorously controlled environment to reduce noise and standardize results.

With over 5,400 compounds in our proprietary reference library, Metabolon has the most comprehensive coverage across over 70 metabolic pathways to inform your study and enable novel discoveries. Metabolon continually makes updates to the platform to improve data quality.

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Step Four.

Deliver Data Insights

Metabolomics delivers a vast amount of data which presents significant challenges for data interpretation. At Metabolon, we are not only interested in delivering high quality data to our customers but also helping our customers uncover valuable insights from that data.

Delivering data at Metabolon is a highly collaborative process between our clients and our internal experts. We work to convert metabolomics data into actionable insights which are then discussed with you to ensure that we are achieving your study goals.

In addition to the years of expertise that our scientists provide, we also offer comprehensive data tools within our MyMetabolon Portal that allow you to explore the data on your own. Optimize your research by taking advantage of our institutional knowledge and metabolomics experts to ensure drug development success.

Related Products

Metabolon offers a variety of metabolomics services to further your discovery across the research continuum from untargeted to targeted solutions. Explore these related products below.

Untargeted Metabolomics

Global Discovery Panel

Metabolon’s Global Discovery Panel provides the industry’s broadest class coverage from a single sample.

Custom Method Development

Custom Targeted Panel

Custom Targeted Panels and Single Analyte Assays can be developed and validated in practically any matrix.

Short Chain Fatty Acids Targeted Panel

Short Chain Fatty Acids Targeted Panel

This panel focuses on specific SFCAs and their metabolic pathways and can be used to track biomarkers.

Why Metabolon?

Cited in over 3,000 publications, we help scientists and manufacturers gain greater insight into their studies through metabolomics. See how our approach can become a successful part of your workflow.

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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