Past Webinars

Implementation at Johns Hopkins University

By: Bob Lange, Project Leader, Johns Hopkins University

Description: Bob talks about how they use the OpenSpecimen APIs to integrate with external databases and SpecimenCatalog to share biospecimen information with researchers inside JHU.

Creating Advanced Reports

By: Poornima Govindrao, Product Manager, OpenSpecimen

Description: Learn how to create advanced reports, pivot tables, calculated fields, hierarchical queries, sub-queries, etc. using OpenSpecimen’s powerful reporting module.

Managing Multicenter Collections at FIND Diagnostics

By: Anna Mantoski, Biobank Data Scientist, FIND Diagnostics
Description: Anna talks about how they manage multicenter collections using OpenSpecimen and how the OpenClinica-OpenSpecimen plugin helped them streamline their workflow.

Project Tracker Implementation at Washington University 

By: Dave Mulvihill, Director Informatics, Washington University

Description: Dave talks about how their Tissue Procurement Core (TPC) uses OpenSpecimen’s “Project Tracker” module to streamline biobank “Projects and Requests” – eliminating cumbersome Excels and relying on emails.

Implementation at University of Maryland

By: Coleen Damcott, Director, University of Maryland Medical (UMM) Biorepository

Description: Coleen talks about the implementation of OpenSpecimen for high throughput specimen collection and integration with Hamilton BiOS robotics freezer.

university of california cap accreditation using biobanking lims

CAP Accreditation at University of California (Davis)

By: Irmi Feldman, Biorepository Manager, University of California (Davis) Pathology Biorepository

Description: Irmi talks about OpenSpecimen implementation at the University of California Davis Pathology Biorepository and how they achieved CAP Accreditation.

Implementation at Washington University

By: Dave Mulvihill, Director Informatics, Washington University

Description: Dave talks about OpenSpecimen implementation at Washington University at the enterprise level.

Biobanking Conversations

Bob Lange (Project Leader, Johns Hopkins University)

Description: Bob Lange talks about how they use OpenSpecimen as their “Enterprise Biobanking LIMS” and the best practices they follow.

Stefano Ongarello and Anna Mantsoki (FIND Diagnostics) 

Description: Stefano Ongarello and Anna Mantsoki from FIND’s “OpenSpecimen Implementation Team” talk about their COVID-related work, internal processes, training mechanisms, & best practices.

Dave Mulvihill and Lee Myrick (Washington University)

Description: Dave Mulvihill, Director Informatics, and Lee Ann Myrick, Clinical Informaticist, Washington University talk about the workflows, processes, and best practices they follow in implementing OpenSpecimen.

Gavin Higgins (Project Manager, Victorian Cancer Biobank)

Description: Gavin talks about how he got into biobanking and his typical day at the biobank. He also describes the impact of the Corona pandemic on the biobanking industry.

Irmi Feldman (Biorepository Manager, University of California, Davis)

Description: Irmi is working for more than a decade at the University of California, Davis. She talks about the day-to-day challenges and how they achieved CAP accreditation in Jan 2015.

Case Studies

Mouse Biospecimen Management at University of California Davis 

Description: The  Mouse Biology Program (MBP) of the University of California, Davis (UCD) is the largest academic program in the world. MBP is a member of the NIH-funded Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Centers (MMRRC). The network collects and characterizes gene-modified and genetic knockout lab mice, and makes them available to 800 researchers at over 400 institutions in 42 countries around the globe.

Victorian Cancer Biobank Manage 400,000+ Biospecimens With OpenSpecimen

Description: The Victorian Cancer Biobank network consists of five tissue bank sites and four repositories across a network of 26 hospitals within Victoria. They provide a diverse range of tissue and blood products to support local, national and international research communities.

Johns Hopkins OpenSpecimen Adoption Over the Years

Description: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine adopted OpenSpecimen in 2016 as a scalable solution for biospecimen information management. They are currently managing about 391,720 specimens for 38,813 study participants in OpenSpecimen.