Biosample Hub – a New Ethical & Transparent Way of Connecting Biobanks & Biotechs

Biosample Hub, based in Wales, is a new worldwide platform providing a game-changing solution to enable researchers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry to obtain the biosamples they need. Left-over clinical material like blood samples and excised tissue may be medical waste, but it can also be research treasure. This material is needed by researchers […]

The Cocaine and Oxycodone Biobanks for Addiction Studies

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are pervasive in society (Grant et al., 2016; Vadivelu et al., 2018), with dramatic societal and individual consequences. There are currently no FDA-approved pharmacological treatments for cocaine use disorder. While there are FDA-approved treatments for opioid use disorder, the efficacy of these medications varies, and the relapse rate remains high (De […]

Wroclaw Medical University Biobank Adopted ISO 203287:2018 Standards

Wroclaw Medical University Biobank (WMU Biobank), the first biobank from the BBMRI-ERIC network made a great effort to integrate the international standard for biobanks – ISO 20387:2018 – into their work processes. The standard implementation phase was started in 2019 and, in the next step, also led to the desire to have this performance confirmed by a peer review audit.    On behalf of […]

College of Medicine Biobank Accredited by College of American Pathologists

The College of Medicine’s Institute for Personalized Medicine Biobank received accreditation for its exceptional storage, tracking and maintenance of samples from a national organization renowned for their quality assurance standards. The biorepository at the Institute for Personalized Medicine joins more than 8,000 facilities worldwide to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists, the world’s largest body of […]

OpenSpecimen v8.0 Released

OpenSpecimen v8.0 has been released. Below are some of the enhancements included in the release: Customizable home page with widgets New Forms user interface User-level custom forms support for maintaining training records New in query: Limit the total quantity of aliquots Survey: Support for query Supply: CSV import support Many other bug fixes and improvements […]

Creation and Maintenance of a Living Biobank at University of Rostock

In light of the growing knowledge about the inter-individual properties and heterogeneity of cancers, the emerging field of personalized medicine requires a platform for preclinical research. Over recent years, the University of Rostock has established a biobank of colorectal and pancreatic cancers comprising of primary tumor tissue, normal tissue, sera, isolated peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL), […]

Identification, Biobanking, and Large-Scale Production of SARS-CoV-2-Specific Memory T Lymphocytes From COVID19 Convalescent Donors

The new SARS-CoV-2 emerged as a worldwide pandemic in late 2019. It is causing an infectious disease known as COVID-19, with a wide and diverse range of symptoms. In most infected patients, the virus causes mild symptoms including fever and cough. In some cases, however, the virus causes life-threatening disease. The symptoms include pneumonia, dyspnea, […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter – April 2021

Here is your monthly curated pick of biobanking news, jobs, and events from across the globe. We hope you will find this enriching and useful. Please do let us know your feedback on how we can improve this newsletter. Interviews and webinars We conducted very well-attended webinars with two of our favorite customers from across two […]