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 […]

Interview with OpenSpecimen Implementation Team at FIND Diagnostics

In the fourth episode of “Biobanking Conversations”, Srikanth Adiga (CEO, OpenSpecimen) talks to Stefano Ongarello and Anna Mantsoki from FIND’s “OpenSpecimen Implementation Team” to understand their COVID related work, internal processes, training mechanisms, & best practices. FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Geneva) is a global non-profit organization driving innovation in the development and delivery […]

Project Tracker Implementation at Washington University

Dave Mulvihill, Director Informatics, Washington University (WU) Tissue Procurement Core, presented how they use OpenSpecimen’s “Project Tracker” module to streamline biobank “Projects & Requests” – eliminating cumbersome Excels and relying on emails.  Washington University is one of the oldest and largest adopters of OpenSpecimen. At WU, OpenSpecimen is used by 100+ users across ~50 research […]

University of Cape Town Adopts OpenSpecimen

The University of Cape Town adopts OpenSpecimen as their Biobanking LIMS to manage COVID specimens. This project is funded by Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) a Geneva-based NGO accelerating the development, evaluation, and delivery of high-quality, affordable diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases. UCT will integrate OpenSpecimen with OpenClinica to pull participant and specimen data. Read how FIND is […]

International Livestock Research Institute Adopts OpenSpecimen

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), with offices across Asia and Africa, adopts OpenSpecimen to manage various multi-site animal collections (e.g. swabs, saliva, tissue, etc). This is the second biobank after the University of California, Davis biobank that will be using OpenSpecimen to manage animal collections. ILRI, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, works for better lives through livestock in […]

Implementation at University of Maryland Biorepository

About UMM Biorepository The University of Maryland School of Medicine established a biorepository intending to provide the resources and support for large-scale studies. They aim to empower basic and clinical researchers to make discoveries in genomics and ‘omics’ sciences and translate these discoveries to more effective diagnostics and therapeutics. Currently, the UMM Biorepository has data of 28000+ […]

Biobanking Conversations #2 with Gavin Higgins (Victorian Cancer Biobank)

Your Name:  My name is Gavin Higgins.  Explain your role in brief:  I am the Project Manager for the Victorian Cancer Biobank. I  manage client inquiries, project applications, implementation, and coordination of projects across the consortium. This may include dispatch of banked specimens and associated data to researchers, a bespoke collection of biospecimens, and clinical […]