Sustainability in Biobanking
Biobanks are storage places for biospecimens that can be used for current and future scientific research. Biospecimens are exceptional sources of biological data that can be potentially translated from molecular and genetic information to clinically relevant treatment modalities. Examples of such biospecimens include, but are not limited to, blood, skin, hair, saliva, stem cells, DNA, and RNA. The volume of biospecimens worldwide continues to grow at an extraordinary rate posing a challenge for biobanks to manage this growth. Due to the vital role of biobanks in research, an understanding of biobanking sustainability is important. Simply starting to collect biospecimens without strategic planning and cost analysis can lead to failure. Components vital to sustainability include fostering public support, cost-effective banking, funding development, standardized protocols, and interoperability.
Key wordsBiobank Biospecimens Sustainability Interoperability Standards Accreditation
This work was supported in part by NIH:NCI P50-CA211015, NIH:NIMH U24 MH100929, the Art of the Brain Foundation, and the Henry E. Singleton Brain Cancer Research Program.
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