Maximize Sample Value Using MbioLIMS Biobanking®

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Biobanking and the connection to Industry and research is growing. The way biobanks are used and the scale of their importance to future health is being discussed around the world.

Data, and how it is used is a key topic, but the core of a biobank is the samples it houses. How are those samples to be used?

The definition of “value” of biobank samples can be considered in a couple of ways.

Possibly the most important measure of value is how the sample is used. This may be in research or potentially industry to further a cure or a product.

Depending on the nature of your biobank samples, and self-sufficient models there may be a monetary value associated with the target use and end point of a sample.

Maximizing sample value in any case can be achieved by the handling, storage and data associated with it. Specific requirements for samples, such as the storage conditions, patient attributes and collecting protocols may be integral to the researcher or organisation that plan to use it for a particular purpose.

To successfully demonstrate and advertise these requirements, the sample must be managed, tracked and associated with metadata. It is also important to be able to demonstrate and report on this.

Validity, viability and value of samples can rely on the data attached to them, and also the custody and management of their life within a laboratory. Tracking and storing this data, and being able to demonstrate it can be integral.

MbioLIMS Biobanking® is specifically designed for biobanks and sample collections with the end point of research considered carefully. The lifecycle of each sample is clearly audited and managed. Any data or results can be stored and directly linked to each sample, or sample derivates. In addition, the clinical information of the patient can be connected as desired.

  • Sample custody
    • Tracking the sample movement and transformation at each stage of the lifecycleprovides valuable data. It will also track the laboratory staff and reagents that interact with it.
  • Storage movements
    • When a sample is removed from storage, the interaction is stored and can be reported. This also allows data to generate on the amount of time a sample is out of storage
  • Patient and clinical data
    • Connecting sample and patient data creates a full picture. Diagnosis, collection points and patient details link directly to the samples that are collected and created.
  • Sample results and attributes
    • Analysis and processes performed on the sample can have results stored against each sample. This can be added manually, or MbioLIMS Biobanking can interact with robotics and instruments to automatically update results. Images can also be stored as a document against a sample record as required.
  • Effective searching
    • Pinpoint samples of interest using a built-in advanced search functionality. Search parameters and output can even include e-CRF information and custom fields clients add to the system
  • Web catalogue
    • Track requests from research and promote available samples to the wider community using Modul-Bio solutions.

MbioLIMS Biobanking® software enables and empowers a biobank with the functionality to maximize the value of samples and manage every aspect of their lifecycle. Use of the right samples for particular research projects could yield results to greatly advance the future of patients and medicine.

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Mike is a Business Development Manager for Biobanking software with Modul-Bio. Originally a qualified and practising forensic scientist, he then concentrated on the software design and provision of specialist systems for the last 17 years. He has provided consultancy and training in many laboratories around the world and is based in England, UK.