Biobanking as a Newsletter- July 2020

Here is your monthly curated pick of biobanking news, jobs, and events from across the globe. Take part in our new “The Biobanking Quiz” initiative and win Amazon gift vouchers. The Biobanking Quiz (BbQ) Now that most of us cannot go outdoors for barbecues, here’s the next best thing: play the online BbQ for some fun, […]

Establishing a Biobank in Singapore

The Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) of Singapore regulates all research that involves human biospecimen in Singapore. Institutions or individuals aiming to establish a biobank under SingHealth must adopt best practices from established biobanks and ISBER. Recently, the team from SingHealth published a poster explaining the “Best Practices for Establishing a Biobank in Singapore Research Institution.” Stages […]

SpecimenCatalog: Sharing Data with Researchers

Most biobanks struggle with improving “utilization ratios” of their collections. The utilization ratio is the ratio of the specimen collected vs. distributed – which is critical for a biobank’s “sustenance.” SpecimenCatalog helps with sharing biospecimen data with researchers. It provides an easy-to-use interface for researchers to look for specimens of interest and submit requests. Catalogs […]

How Biobanking LIMS helped the University of California achieve CAP accreditation?

Research in precision medicine requires a continuous supply of high-quality biospecimens. But as the saying goes- “Garbage in garbage out”, meaningful conclusions from the studies can only be drawn when the researchers are assured that the materials used in their research were of good quality. A survey(1) conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded cancer […]

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Biobanking as a Newsletter- January’20

Here is your monthly curated pick of biobanking news, jobs, and events from across the globe. Fresh of the Press Australian biobank repatriates hundreds of ‘legacy’ Indigenous blood samples Clinical trials planned for brain tumor ‘GPS’ maps at Case Western Reserve University Geisinger’s biobank surpasses 250,000 patients NIH establishes Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium AI shows promise for breast cancer […]

Managing Longitudinal Collections In OpenSpecimen

Managing biospecimen data for longitudinal studies or clinical trials can be challenging. Clinical studies often go on for months or years, and involves complex workflows like kit preparations, tracking upcoming visits, multi-site collections, shipments, and so forth. To manage these types of collections, OpenSpecimen offers a customizable platform to plan, manage and track biospecimens in a […]

The BBMRI-NL Series on Sustainable Biobanking

The long-term sustainability of biobanks has been a major concern.  “Sustainability is [a biobank’s] capacity to remain operative, effective, and competitive over its expected lifetime.”   OECD Global Science Forum 2017 BBMRI-NL has made a Series on Sustainable Biobanking, combining current knowledge from literature, workshops, and focus groups. The Series contains an infographic with nine recommendations […]