In April of 1978, several months before the FDA published the final GLP regulations and nearly a year before the FDA GLP regulations became effective, EPL Archives, LLC (EPL) was founded by two well-respected and prominent pathologists in the scientific research industry – Dr. William Busey and Dr. John Ferrell. Many people consider EPL the first professional service provider with the ability and scale of operations to support global consolidation of its clients’ research and manufacturing material.
Drs. Busey and Ferrell were pioneers in the research field who understood the value of securely preserving and managing research and manufacturing material, and the related regulated data. These founders believed that investing in the continuous development of people, purpose-built facilities, specialized equipment, proprietary technology, and compliant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that incorporate industry best practices would create unparalleled core competencies that would build and differentiate EPL as an industry leader.
Drs. Busey and Ferrell also realized that the regulated research industry operated most effectively and efficiently when sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), central and esoteric laboratories, contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), and archive / biorepository experts each focused on their respective core competencies. Working together, these natural industry partners could deliver world-class products and services at a cost far less than any non-integrated solution or single organization could attain alone.
The Next Generation
Our current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Busey, joined the EPL Archives team in 1988. Mr. Busey, along with a key management team in North America and Europe, works closely together to continuously improve and operate our international service delivery platform to meet our clients’ growing global requirements.
We are comprised of Centers of Excellence that include but are not limited to its: Client Services; Quality Assurance; Facilities Management; Specimen Management; Sample Management; Data Management; as well as Manufacturing Material Management teams which are support by the Logistics Management team. We build flexible solutions that meet our clients’ changing requirements using one or more components from these Centers of Excellence.
EPL maintains its North American biostorage facilities on its campuses in northern Virginia – just outside Washington, D.C. – near major logistics and transportation infrastructure and in close proximity to certain U.S. Federal Government Agencies that oversee regulated product development. We maintains our European biostorage facilities in France. These restricted access facilities are large purpose-built repositories that are supported by redundant systems, emergency response teams, and dedicated information technology, facilities management, and quality assurance teams. Our facilities provide a protected environment for the technology and data managed by us on behalf of our clients.