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 at FIND Diagnostics (Geneva)

FIND is a global non-profit organization driving innovation in the development and delivery of diagnostics to combat major diseases affecting the world’s poorest populations. FIND’s Biobank has been using OpenSpecimen since 2017 to manage collections from countries across Africa and Asia, and store specimens in a central biorepository in the USA.  FIND uses OpenClinica as their […]

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 […]

February (2018) highlights

Krishagni is happy to announce the release of version v4.3 with new features, bug fixes and other improvements.   For further details: https://www.openspecimen.org/openspecimen-v4-3-release/ Next release: OpenSpecimen v5.0 – April 2018 We have already started working on v5.0. Please let us know if you have any enhancement request or user feedback that we can include in v5.0. […]

OpenSpecimen and EMR (Epic) integration

Overview EMR (like Epic, Cerner, etc) contains patients demographics and clinical data among other data. Integrating EMR with OpenSpecimen enables biobank staff to look-up patients based on MRN and register to a study.  This approach will avoid manual data entry errors and saves end-users’ time.  This document explains the different integration options between any EMR […]