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. […]

OpenSpecimen v4.1 release

We are happy to announce the release of OpenSpecimen v4.1 with new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Release highlights: Bulk delete of objects Export of admin objects (to move data from test to production environments) Display specimen list within containers Link collection protocol with distribution protocols One-click specimen distribution Support for multiple values of ethnicity […]

OpenSpecimen July Newsletter

OSCON16 – Aug 29-30 – Miami OpenSpecimen “super user” training – Miami (Sep 1-3) and Melbourne (Oct 6-7) OpenSpecimen v3.2 released Victorian Cancer Biobank goes live with OpenSpecimen University of Massachusetts (UMass) adopts OpenSpecimen OSCON16, an annual meeting of biobanks using OpenSpecimen and developers, will be held in Miami on Aug 29 and 30th. It […]

Latest biobanking news

Read the latest happenings in the biobanking industry… Cancer Biobanking in the Middle East: Meeting Cultural and Fiscal Challenges A Tissue Bank on the Rise – Harper Cancer Research Institute, Notre Dame  Biospecimen Blood Drive to benefit KU Cancer Center research Most Commenters Oppose Common Rule Proposed Changes Breast tissue bank coming to Tri-state to help […]