Biobanking Operations: Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery of Research Samples

by Russ Hager
Volume 13, Issue 1 (Spring 2014)

Biobanking is a critical component to realizing the promises of translational research and personalized medicine. The proper collection, processing, storage, and tracking of human biological samples allows researchers to better link molecular and clinical information, which in theory, allows for the development of more targeted therapies for patients. Realizing the scientific potential of well-annotated, properly preserved sample collections has led to the proliferation of large-scale biobanks by biopharmaceutical companies, academic organizations, governments, and non-profit research organizations. To this point, conservative industry projections estimate that in the United States, there are at least 300 million tissue samples in biobanks with an estimated accrual rate of 20 million samples annually...

Citation:
Hager R. Biobanking Operations: Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery of Research Samples. BioProcess J, 2014; 13(1): 56-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.12665/J131.Hager.

Posted online April 23, 2014.