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 […]

University of Pennsylvania Switch from caTissue to OpenSpecimen

The Tumor Tissue and Biospecimen Bank (TTAB) at the University of Pennsylvania (Upenn) collects and stores biospecimens for lung cancer, breast cancer, hematologic malignancies, head and neck cancer, GU cancers, and melanomas. TTAB was established as a partnership between the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with a vision […]

Johns’ Hopkins OpenSpecimen Adoption Over the Years

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has adopted OpenSpecimen as a scalable solution for biospecimen information management. Key features possible in OpenSpecimen that led to its adoption include: Annotation of research and clinical data Interfaces with clinical and research systems Query capability Open Source with strong user community Security Specimen and Derivative Tracking OpenSpecimen […]

Oxford Biobank replaces legacy database with OpenSpecimen

The Oxford Biobank is a population-based biorepository. They currently hold over 400,000 biological samples collected across 20+ studies. Their collection includes biospecimens and data from more than 8,000 healthy 30-50 years old Oxfordshire residents. All participants undergo a detailed examination at a screening visit, donate DNA and give informed consent to be re-approached. Therefore, the […]

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, […]

OpenSpecimen-OpenClinica Integration Poster by FIND Diagnostics at ISBER Conference

Anna Mantsoki and Stefano Ongarello from FIND Diagnostics (Geneva) presented a poster on “OpenSpecimen and OpenClinica integration” at ISBER 2018. FIND Diagnostics uses OpenSpecimen to manage large multi-site clinical studies across multiple countries across the globe and OpenClinica to capture participants’ clinical data.  Refer to the poster to understand how the integration works and how […]

OpenSpecimen v5.0 Release

We are happy to announce the release of OpenSpecimen v5.0 with many new features, improvements, and bug fixes. The main focus of v5.0 is to make OpenSpecimen user interface highly configurable to mimic site-specific workflows. What is new in v5.0? Reserve specimens for a distribution protocol for future distribution. Supplies management help you track inventory […]