University of Pennsylvania Switch from caTissue to OpenSpecimen

The Tumor Tissue and Biospecimen Bank (TTAB) at the University of Pennsylvania (Upenn) collects and stores biospecimens for lung cancer, breast cancer, hematologic malignancies, head and neck cancer, GU cancers, and melanomas. TTAB was established as a partnership between the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with a vision […]

Johns’ Hopkins OpenSpecimen Adoption Over the Years

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has adopted OpenSpecimen as a scalable solution for biospecimen information management. Key features possible in OpenSpecimen that led to its adoption include: Annotation of research and clinical data Interfaces with clinical and research systems Query capability Open Source with strong user community Security Specimen and Derivative Tracking OpenSpecimen […]

Oxford Biobank replaces legacy database with OpenSpecimen

The Oxford Biobank is a population-based biorepository. They currently hold over 400,000 biological samples collected across 20+ studies. Their collection includes biospecimens and data from more than 8,000 healthy 30-50 years old Oxfordshire residents. All participants undergo a detailed examination at a screening visit, donate DNA and give informed consent to be re-approached. Therefore, the […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter- October 19

Here is your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. We’ll be there at the ISBER Regional Meeting this November. Come and meet us at Booth No. 8 to know more about OpenSpecimen. Your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. We are excited to announce our upcoming Annual Community Meetings […]

Why Open Source Software Matters for Biobanks?

Disclaimer Krishagni is the developer of OpenSpecimen – an open-source software for managing biospecimen data used in 65+ research centers across 16+ countries. While this article promotes “open source”, it does not necessarily promote OpenSpecimen. Customers are encouraged to evaluate all options based on their requirements before deciding which software suits them the best. Introduction […]

The Past, Present, and Future of Biobanks

Biobanks are dedicated to managing biospecimens for research purposes. Even though biobanks have been around for 100 years, it’s only been in the last few decades that we have seen significant advancements in the science of biobanking. This has led to an availability of high-quality biospecimens which has, in turn, fuelled advances in medical research. […]

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Should We Classify Biorepositories?

Over the past 100 years, biobanking has evolved from haphazard biospecimen collection and storage to automated, standardized processes. There are now many different kinds of biorepositories, including disease-centric, population-based, project-driven and virtual biobanks 1. This biobanking evolution has greatly improved biospecimen and data quality. It has also made these resources more available to biomedical researchers. Despite […]

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OpenSpecimen v6.1. Released

OpenSpecimen v6.1 is now available for download. As always, each new release contains new features, bug fixes, and improvements. Here are the highlights of the release: Archive users and create users as contacts Dropdown manager: Bulk operations like export, edit and delete on values LDAP and SAML configurations via UI Bulk operation: Support for semicolon […]

Track Biobank Projects Using “Project Tracker” Module

Biobanks help researchers to achieve reproducibility by providing high-quality standardized biospecimens. Accredited and certified biobanks follow best practice guidelines for specimen handling. Biobanks provide many services to researchers like specimen collection, processing, storage, and distribution. The synergy between researchers and biobank is the keys to successful translational research (1). While most biobanks use some kind […]