Biobanking pp 17-29 | Cite as

An Introduction to Hardware, Software, and Other Information Technology Needs of Biomedical Biobanks

  • Kyuseok Im
  • Dorina Gui
  • William H. YongEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1897)


Biobanks support medical research by facilitating access to biospecimens. Biospecimens that are linked to clinical and molecular information are particularly useful for translational biomedical research. Tracking and managing the biospecimens and their associated data are therefore crucial tasks in the functioning of a biobank. Adequate computing hardware, efficient and comprehensive biobanking software, and cost-effective data storage are needed for proper management of biospecimens. As biobanks build up extensive stores of specimens and patient data, ethical considerations also inevitably arise. Herein, we describe some basic considerations for establishing a biobanking information technology infrastructure that a beginning biobanker needs. Finally, we also discuss trends and future needs in biobanking informatics.

Key words

Biobank Biorepository Information technology Hardware Software Database Informatics 



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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brain Tumor Translational ResourceDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineUC Davis School of MedicineSacramentoUSA
  3. 3.Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

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