Biobanking as a Newsletter – November 19

Have you seen the David Letterman’s interview of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Netflix? If not, it is worth watching to get a sneak peek into India and the life of a Bollywood star. While I never liked his movies, I always found his life story to be inspiring. If you happen to watch […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter- October 19

Here is your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. We’ll be there at the ISBER Regional Meeting this November. Come and meet us at Booth No. 8 to know more about OpenSpecimen. Your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. We are excited to announce our upcoming Annual Community Meetings […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter- September 19

Have you watched the movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”? I watched it over the weekend and highly recommend it to anyone working with biospecimens. In 2010, Rebecca Skloot published The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a compelling look at Henrietta Lacks’ story, her impact on medical science, and important bioethical issues. That book […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter- August’19

Your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. We are excited to announce our upcoming Annual Community Meetings in USA and Australia. Register ASAP to book your seats. Fresh of the Press Why open source matters in biobanking? (Written by Krishagni in collaboration with Johns Hopkins, Washington, Oxford and CBR (Nigeria) UK Biobank is […]

Why Open Source Software Matters for Biobanks?

Disclaimer Krishagni is the developer of OpenSpecimen – an open-source software for managing biospecimen data used in 65+ research centers across 16+ countries. While this article promotes “open source”, it does not necessarily promote OpenSpecimen. Customers are encouraged to evaluate all options based on their requirements before deciding which software suits them the best. Introduction […]

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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Biobanking as a Newsletter – June, 2019

Your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. Email us at contact@krishagni.com if you have any news, journal articles, tips or job openings you would like to share. Fresh of the Press: Autonomous drones are now delivering biospecimens in North Carolina, Ghana, and Switzerland. The Humanwide pilot project by Stanford Medicine improved patient […]

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 […]

OpenSpecimen v6.0 Release

OpenSpecimen 6.0 is now available for download. Like every new release, it contains new features, bug fixes, and improvements. New features Google-like Keyword search Quickly search for any label, title, name of objects via a single edit box. E.g. box name, sample label, barcode, shipment name, protocol title, etc. Freezer Defragmentation Report Freezers have to be consolidated once in a while. […]