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Welcome to Biobanking.com, a global biobanking industry web portal, the leading platform for news and information related to biobanking, biorepository and biospecimen science!

In 2009, TIME magazine officially listed biobanks as one of 10 ideas changing the world. Today, as the fundation of biomedical research and a key component of the emerging precision medicine market, the biobanking field has been evolving and growing at a fast pace. Biospecimens and their accompanying data are increasingly needed to support research on health and disease. Accordingly, more and more biobanks of different sizes and types are being set up around the world to meet that need. Biobanking, which is both a science and a business, has become an integral part of medical research and species preservation.

Our mission is to help the global biobanking professionals and stake holders stay ahead of the critical industry trends, make informed decisions and do a better job. And our ultimate vision is to help advance medical research and work toward a healthier tomorrow.

Our platform is updated regularly with the latest biobanking field news, updates and insightful articles from expert contributors. And, you can also find the top biobanking vendors, products/services and biobanks from around the world here.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions/suggestions about our website and content, or for advertising/partnership opportunities.

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Editors & Authors

Aparna Rao, PhD

Dr. Aparna RaoDr. Aparna Rao is a research scientist experienced in tumor immunology, cell biology and genetics. She is also a biobank manager overseeing collection, processing and inventorying of 250+ brain tumor specimens for the adult brain tumor bank at the University of Pittsburgh.

Arianna Ferrini, PhD

Arianna Ferrini is a postdoctoral research fellow in Neuroscience at University College London (UK). She holds a PhD in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine from Imperial College London and an MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from the University of Florence (Italy). She is the Communication Director of the Association of Italian Scientists in the UK (AISUK) and the Chair of the Student and Young Investigator Section of the European Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). She works as a freelance scientific writer and editor to combine her love for science with her passion for communication.

David Orchard-Webb, PhD

David Orchard-Webb is a consultant/medical writer for a number of ongoing healthcare initiatives including for Athla LLC/ HealthLabs, a discovery automation company for Big Data leveraging Big Compute. He has a number of years experience in academic R&D and healthcare related projects including the fields of oncology and immunotherapy.

Leah Cannon, PhD

Leah is a scientific writer and startup marketer with over 10 years clinical and research experience as a veterinarian and molecular biologist. She is also author of ‘How to Start a Life Science Company’ available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Advisors & Columnists

Daniel Simeon-Dubach, MD, MHA

Dr. Simeon-Dubach is the chief scientific advisor and also a columnist at Biobanking.com. He is the owner of medservice, biobanking consulting & service in Walchwil, Switzerland. He has been working in the biobanking field for over 15 years, focused on business development/planning, governance, standards/best practices and sustainability of biobanks, and collaboration between science and biomedical industries. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. He coaches biobankers to realize the full potential of a biobank and to be sustainable. He chairs the ISBER Standards Committee, which oversees updates to ISBER best practices and develops tools to improve and standardize modern biobanking. He is also the section editor for Biobanking Management in the journal “Biopreservation and Biobanking” and member of the editorial board of the journal “Synergy”.