OpenSpecimen adoption at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Currently, biobanks at the University Hospital Basel are not centralized. Storage locations are distributed over organizational units, which partly are about to be centrally managed. Biobank inventory management is currently performed in disconnected systems, including Excel lists. There is currently no integrated biobank management software solution in place. To achieve a professional biobank software solution […]

OpenSpecimen and COVID19

“According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.” – Leon C. Megginson The pandemic has […]

Establishing a Biobank in Singapore

The Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) of Singapore regulates all research that involves human biospecimen in Singapore. Institutions or individuals aiming to establish a biobank under SingHealth must adopt best practices from established biobanks and ISBER. Recently, the team from SingHealth published a poster explaining the “Best Practices for Establishing a Biobank in Singapore Research Institution.” Stages […]

Winship Cancer (Emory University) selects OpenSpecimen as Biobanking LIMS

The Winship Cancer Institute Clinical Trial office (CTO) conducts high-quality clinical trials involving cancer patients. It conducts over 250 clinical trials enrolling roughly 800 patients per year. In May 2016, they adopted OpenSpecimen as their biobanking LIMS to manage their biospecimens due to its highly configurable features including REST APIs to integrate with . Refer to […]

How Biobanking LIMS helped the University of California achieve CAP accreditation?

Research in precision medicine requires a continuous supply of high-quality biospecimens. But as the saying goes- “Garbage in garbage out”, meaningful conclusions from the studies can only be drawn when the researchers are assured that the materials used in their research were of good quality. A survey(1) conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded cancer […]

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Is OpenSpecimen CFR Part-11 Compliant?

The short answer is Yes. However, it is important to note that the software itself cannot be compliant. Rather, it is the implementation and use of software that determines compliance. It is achieved only when a study has the procedures, policies, documentation, training, and validation that meets Part-11 requirements. An FDA auditor will review all […]

Managing Longitudinal Collections In OpenSpecimen

Managing biospecimen data for longitudinal studies or clinical trials can be challenging. Clinical studies often go on for months or years, and involves complex workflows like kit preparations, tracking upcoming visits, multi-site collections, shipments, and so forth. To manage these types of collections, OpenSpecimen offers a customizable platform to plan, manage and track biospecimens in a […]

Improving interoperability and quality of data using OpenSpecimen

Following is a poster presented by the Victorian Cancer Biobank team on using OpenSpecimen for ‘Improving interoperability and quality of data’ at the ABNA 2019 conference. VCB has collected more than 600,000 biospecimens from a broad range of tumours, and approximately 423,000 biospecimens are currently in our inventory. OpenSpecimen was implemented as the biobank information […]