SpecimenCatalog: Sharing Data with Researchers

Most biobanks struggle with improving “utilization ratios” of their collections. The utilization ratio is the ratio of the specimen collected vs. distributed – which is critical for a biobank’s “sustenance.” SpecimenCatalog helps with sharing biospecimen data with researchers. It provides an easy-to-use interface for researchers to look for specimens of interest and submit requests. Catalogs […]

The BBMRI-NL Series on Sustainable Biobanking

The long-term sustainability of biobanks has been a major concern.  “Sustainability is [a biobank’s] capacity to remain operative, effective, and competitive over its expected lifetime.”   OECD Global Science Forum 2017 BBMRI-NL has made a Series on Sustainable Biobanking, combining current knowledge from literature, workshops, and focus groups. The Series contains an infographic with nine recommendations […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter – November 19

Have you seen the David Letterman’s interview of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Netflix? If not, it is worth watching to get a sneak peek into India and the life of a Bollywood star. While I never liked his movies, I always found his life story to be inspiring. If you happen to watch […]

New feature in v6.2 – Custom Form Enhancements

From v6.2 below enhancements are made to simplify the forms UI and make it user-friendly.   Ability to search forms by additional filters:  Earlier the forms were searchable only by name. It was difficult to find out which CP or level the forms were attached to. From v6.2, two new search filters are added: Collection Protocol […]

New feature in v6.2 – Clinician Role

Clinical staff at the hospitals are responsible for the collection of participant data and primary specimens. They are not concerned about other biobank workflows e.g. specimen processing, storage or distribution. OpenSpecimen has introduced a new default role “Clinician” for such users. Clinician users can only perform participant registration, ship specimens, and accession primary specimens. To […]