Automation of Biobanking Activities

Biobanks empower clinical research to improve our understanding of complex diseases. Towards this, a wide range of equipment is available for sample collection, preparation, analysis, storage, barcoding, transport, etc.  Automated systems provide valuable knowledge, streamlined process steps, and enhanced quality. Automation also leads to “economies of scale” so that the biobank can manage growth without […]

Pediatric Lyme Disease Biobank to Evaluate New Diagnostic Approaches 

Children are disproportionally affected by Lyme disease, which is diagnosed in more than 300,000 persons in the United States each year. Clinicians diagnose Lyme disease using a 2-tier examination of enzyme immunoassay (EIA) and immunoblot results. Current Lyme disease diagnostic tests have well-described limitations that include false negatives early in the disease and the inability […]

Microbiome Biobanks – Challenges and Opportunities

Microbiomes are dynamic and complex systems consisting of – bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, protists, and viruses. Microbiome research started back in the 17th century and rapidly evolved in subsequent years. However, the biobanking infrastructure is currently not prepared for the biobanking of microbiomes. As it stands today, biobanks primarily focus on particular aspects of a […]

Webinar: Implementation at Univ of Maryland Biorepository

About UMM Biorepository The University of Maryland School of Medicine established a biorepository intending to provide the resources and support for large-scale studies. They aim to empower basic and clinical researchers to make discoveries in genomics and ‘omics’ sciences and translate these discoveries to more effective diagnostics and therapeutics. Currently, the UMM Biorepository has data of 28000+ […]

University of Wisconsin–Madison Established COVID19 Convalescent Biobank

In the spring of 2020, when instruction moved online and most research became remote, efforts picked up at the UW Carbone Cancer Center Translational Science Biocore BioBank. Researchers across campus began pivoting their studies to address the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. To do their research, they needed samples from patients. To support COVID-19 research […]

San Diego Zoo Global Biobanking Advances Medicine and Biodiversity Conservation

In a study that has unprecedented implications to advance both medicine and biodiversity conservation, researchers have sequenced 131 new placental mammal genomes, bringing the worldwide total to more than 250. The results of the mammal genome project, published in the Nov. 12 issue of the journal Nature, catalog and characterize whole branches of Earth’s biodiversity, spanning […]

Build International Biorepository Capacity

As was the case for COVID-19, identifying wild animal reservoirs can be challenging when biorepositories are lacking. In most countries, natural history biorepositories remain poorly supported and largely disconnected from public health initiatives. To achieve comprehensive decentralized pathogen surveillance, there is an urgent need to develop environmental and biodiversity infrastructure in biodiverse countries experiencing high rates […]

NMNH’s Biorepository to Cryopreserve Asian Giant Hornets

The National Museum of Natural History Biorepository (NMNH) is a massive collection of cryogenically preserved, genomic-grade samples of the Earth’s diversity. It is a resource for scientists worldwide. Between the Biorepository and the pinned collection, the National Insect Collection at NMNH contains about 36 million specimens representing 450,000 species, and nearly 60% of known insect families. […]