Yale IMPACT Team Compiles COVID-19 Biorepository

As the coronavirus first started to spread across the globe last March, Yale experts came together to build a biorepository — or library — of COVID-19 patient samples. Their goal was to provide researchers across the University with access to the human material needed to unveil the mysteries of what, at the time, was an […]

Rutgers Researcher Andrew Brooks Dead at 51

A research professor at Rutgers University who developed the first saliva test for the coronavirus has unexpectedly died on Jan. 23, the college said. As the chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR Infinite Biologics, Brooks led the effort to develop the COVID-19 saliva test. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy honored Brooks during a […]

Over 90,000 Covid19 Specimens Archived Across National Biorepositories in India

India has archived over 90,000 samples of Covid-19 positive patients in 17 bio-repositories meant for research and development of vaccine and therapeutics for coronavirus. The government notified these bio-repositories on 23 May 2020. These are set up at laboratories of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and Indian Council of Medical […]

NIH Launches New COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank

A new database will collect information from clinicians about COVID-19-related neurological symptoms, complications, and outcomes as well as COVID-19 effects on pre-existing neurological conditions. The COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank (NeuroCOVID), which was created and will be maintained by NYU Langone Health, New York City, will be a resource of clinical information as well as biospecimens from […]

International Livestock Research Institute Adopts OpenSpecimen

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), with offices across Asia and Africa, adopts OpenSpecimen to manage various multi-site animal collections (e.g. swabs, saliva, tissue, etc). This is the second biobank after the University of California, Davis biobank that will be using OpenSpecimen to manage animal collections. ILRI, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, works for better lives through livestock in […]

Hope Kenmore’s work with COVID19 at Weill Cornell Medicine Biobank

Read this article where the Biology alumna Hope Kenmore’ 20 describes her day-to-day work with the COVID-19 virus as an Institutional Biorepository Core Lab Technician at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) in Manhattan. Often referred to as the “biobank” for the Weill Cornell Medicine/New-York Presbyterian Hospital campus, the Institutional Biorepository Core (IBC) lab receives, processes, and stores all […]

RENACER a Spanish Brain Metastases Network Launched

On January 25th, the bylaws of the National Brain Metastasis Network (or RENACER, its acronym in Spanish) were signed and the network’s first meeting was held. To date, 11 Spanish hospitals have joined the network to create a collection of human samples to further research into brain metastases. The objective of RENACER is to carry out basic and clinical studies that […]

Baylor College of Medicine upgrades to OpenSpecimen from caTissue

We are happy to announce that the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has recently adopted OpenSpecimen as their “Biobanking LIMS”. The Pathology and Histology Core at BCM houses a tissue bank and offers comprehensive histology and pathology support for many research projects.  BCM  biobank is one of the oldest users of caTissue (the previous avatar of OpenSpecimen). […]

Qatar’s 2nd International Biobanking Conference

Qatar Biobank – part of Qatar foundation-RDI – is hosting Qatar’s 2nd international biobanking conference, as a virtual conference this year in partnership with the European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB), and supported by BBMRI-ERIC, a European research infrastructure for biobanking, and the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). It will take place from […]

Automation of Biobanking Activities

Biobanks empower clinical research to improve our understanding of complex diseases. Towards this, a wide range of equipment is available for sample collection, preparation, analysis, storage, barcoding, transport, etc.  Automated systems provide valuable knowledge, streamlined process steps, and enhanced quality. Automation also leads to “economies of scale” so that the biobank can manage growth without […]