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Biobanking as a Newsletter- August’19

Your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. We are excited to announce our upcoming Annual Community Meetings in USA and Australia. Register ASAP to book your seats. Fresh of the Press Why open source matters in biobanking? (Written by Krishagni in collaboration with Johns Hopkins, Washington, Oxford and CBR (Nigeria) UK Biobank is […]

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 Center for Bioethics and Research (Nigeria) Adopts OpenSpecimen’s ‘Community Edition’

The Center for Bioethics and Research (CBR) is a research and training institution in Nigeria committed to carrying out research, genomics and epidemiological studies on non-communicable diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and nutrition. Furthermore, the Training Division of CBR provides international-standard bioethics training in collaboration with leading universities in Nigeria and other African […]

Manage supply items inventory

Tracking the inventory of supplies in a biobank can be a tedious and time-consuming task. For example, tubes, vials, kits, gloves, labels, reagents, etc. Any mistake in inventory management can result in cost overruns and delay in specimen processing. This might also affect the quality of the specimens.  The frequency and types of specimen collected […]

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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Biobanking as a Newsletter – June, 2019

Your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. Email us at contact@krishagni.com if you have any news, journal articles, tips or job openings you would like to share. Fresh of the Press: Autonomous drones are now delivering biospecimens in North Carolina, Ghana, and Switzerland. The Humanwide pilot project by Stanford Medicine improved patient […]

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 […]