Biobanks, Biotechs and the Need to Recognize a Crisis

What does it take to get people to recognize that a crisis exists? Sometimes it is necessary to tell people again and again and again, to overcome the in-built human resistance to accepting the need for change. The good news is that once a crisis is recognized, then it can be a powerful accelerator of change.


The field of medical research has its share of crises. They may seem small-scale compared with say, the global existential crisis of climate change. This is partly because a crisis in medical research does not have immediate life and death consequences. The consequences are often unidentified and in the future. However, we can predict from past experience that they will eventually become very real.

Read this article by Robert Hewitt on a quality crisis, consent crisis, and sharing crisis in biobanking.

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