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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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 […]

OpenSpecimen Helps Streamlining Biobanking at Washington University

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is a leading research institution located in the vibrant biotech community of St. Louis, Missouri. WUSM consistently ranks in the top 10 American medical schools for research and receives significant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The school’s research spans a wide range of diseases including cancer, […]

Consent management for Biobanks

The enthusiasm surrounding biobanking and clinical research has gone through an upsurge in the past decade. Governments and industries have been heavily investing in these studies and, undoubtedly, the medical and scientific benefits have been enormous. But even with such scale of infrastructure, the industry lacks a consensus on the subject of ‘Informed consent’ (1,2). […]

Newsletter – April 2019

Hope you are enjoying the weather in your part of the world. Unfortunately, it’s gotten very hot in Pune and will only get worse in the next few days! However, a lot of exciting things are happening in the OpenSpecimen world! Here is a quick overview. v6.0 released Two very interesting features are introduced in […]

OpenSpecimen’s SpecimenCatalog Helps Researchers Find Biospecimens of Interest

As funding bodies push for translational research, more researchers need access to biospecimens and de-identified clinical data. However, it can be difficult for researchers to find which biobanks store the specimens they need since data is not easily accessible. On the other hand, biobanks have a bigger problem – improving their specimen utilization rate. More than two-thirds […]

OpenSpecimen Helps SAHMRI (Adelaide) Manage Large Sample Inventory

Background The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) translates research into health solutions for the community. SAHMRI is an integrated facility in the heart of Adelaide with research labs and a Wellbeing and Resilience Centre in the same building, right next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The independent institute focuses on Aboriginal health, […]

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