The University of Szeged (SZTE) has started assembling a biobank sample storage system using world-leading Liconic robotics and with the help of an international team of engineers. The complex equipment worth almost HUF 3 billion will be suitable for the storage and rapid identification of millions of biological samples, which is essential for developing personalized diagnostics and therapy.
Judit Fendler, Chancellor of SZTE, emphasized that the development also represents a qualitative leap in clinical science, primarily oncology and neuroscience, and genetic research using human biological samples, strengthening the university’s position in the international and domestic scientific field.
Following the difficulties caused by the coronavirus epidemic, SZTE redesigned the ongoing investment and expanded the biobank’s capacity. BSL-2 laboratories capable of storing samples from coronavirus-infected patients were even placed in the biobank. In the future, these laboratories will also greatly facilitate the processing and biobank storage of samples from patients with other viral diseases, thus facilitating the rapid identification of infections.
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