Biobanks can isolate macromolecules from paraffin-embedded tissues.

Biobanking Science: Mining Paraffin-Embedded Samples for DNA, RNA and Protein

Biobanks may choose to store biological samples as formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks. FFPE preservation is the standard method of collecting and storing surgical pathology samples. This biobanking method preserves tissue morphology at room temperature for many years and is...

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Biorepository

  Founded in 2011, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Biorepository (NMNH) is thought to be the largest museum-based natural history biorepository in existence. The capacity exceeds 4.2 million 2 ml cryovials, with potential for expansion to 5 million...
UK Biobank quantifies DNA

Biobanking Science: UK Biobank Compares DNA Quantification Methods

UK Biobank is a major resource for health researchers around the world. UK Biobank collects and stores health, genetic and lifestyle data on 500,000 participants, with the goal of finding treatments and cures for age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s,...

International ME/CFS Canadian Collaborative Team Conference – Biobanking On The Agenda In Montréal

A Statistics Canada unpublished Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) reports that just over 560,000 patients were diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2015.  In Québec, tens of thousands of individuals are affected. The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Canadian Collaborative Team Conference...

$15 Million Awarded To nPOD – The World’s Largest Biobank Of Pancreatic Tissue

Type I diabetes (T1D) also known as juvenile diabetes, although many adults have T1D, is an autoimmune disease primarily mediated by T-cells that causes the destruction of pancreatic β-cells which produce the body’s insulin hormone. The Network for Pancreatic...

The REDinREN Biobank

  Established in 2007, the REDinREN Biobank is a non-profit organisation that hosts a large collection of samples for kidney disease biomedical research. It specialises in quality, order and distribution. It is housed at the University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain...

US Biolab Corporation Biobank

US Biolab Corporation, Inc has a global biobank with access to a diverse range of human biospecimens in various disease states to meet research needs. US Biolab biobank contains more than 500,000 human tissue (FFPE and fresh frozen), tissue...
Biobanks can comply with regulatory requirements by following ISBER Best Practices.

Biobanking Science: ISBER Best Practices for Biobanks

Biobanks face the challenge of storing and handling many different types of biological samples. Unlike chemicals, biological samples are living. Therefore, it is much more difficult for biobanks to retain the normal structure and function of biological samples throughout...

The Shanghai Zhangjiang Biobank

The Zhangjiang Biobank is located on Li Bing Road in "Zhangjiang Science City", Pudong district, Shanghai, China. It is reported that the biobank is projected to reach a storage capacity of 10 million human derived samples such as human...

The International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) Biobank (IBB)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). The aim of the IARC is to promote international collaboration in cancer research. The Agency is inter-disciplinary, converging skills in epidemiology, laboratory sciences...