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Defining biobanks: To be or not to be…… what was the question?

“Is a biobank a facility or research project?” This was a question asked in an international biobanking community forum back in April 2021. Answers were equivocal with many respondents taking an each way bet saying ‘both’. But this is...
Future Direction of Biobanking

Future Direction of Biobanking

Columns like this one is a great opportunity to share some thoughts with the biobanking community and get some feedback. This helps identifying those relevant to the biobankers and those that are not so relevant. Please continue to reach...

The Importance of Biobanking in Modern Medical Research

Biobanking is a term that refers to the practice of collecting human and animal biological samples-including blood, urine, bone marrow, saliva, spinal fluid, and tissue for research purposes in order to further our understanding of health and disease. A...

The Chilean Biobanking Network – Predictive, Personalized, Preventive, Participatory

An article was recently published in the Medical Review of Chile with senior author María Elena Cabrera of El Salvador Hospital, Santiago, about the potential for developing a biobanking network within the country. According to the authors Chile has a unique...

Sample Processing Has Important Consequences For Single Cell Sequencing Studies

Single-cell transcriptomics is a relatively new technology that reads and reports the gene expression profile of individual cells by simultaneously measuring the mRNA concentration of all the cell’s genes. This is achieved through microfluidic chip single cell isolation, barcoding, cDNA amplification and sequencing....

The Thailand CELS And PhenoMx Sign MOU With Potential Biobanking Projects

The Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS), a public organisation, and PhenoMx, Inc., a US-based health technology company, announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop strategic initiatives for Thailand in the biomedical, life science and medical device...

New Patents Awarded To BioLife Solutions

BioLife Solutions, Inc., a leading developer and supplier of best-in-class bioproduction tools for cell and gene therapies, has announced the awarding of three new patents for inventions related to cryopreservation, thawing and cold chain transport technologies. BioLife Solutions, founded in 1987, headquartered in...

New England Biolabs® Launches Sequence-Based Genotyping For Agricultural Biotech Applications

New England Biolabs (NEB®) has launched the NEBNext Direct Genotyping Solution, representing the first capture-based approach for high-throughput genotyping for a wide variety of applications in Agricultural Biotechnology (AgBio). The approach may also be attractive for uses in human and animal genotyping, including...
CSF Biomarkers may help diagnose patients with neurological diseases

Biobanking Science: CSF Biomarkers for Neurological Diseases

Biobanks can help in the search for biomarkers to diagnose brain diseases. Neurological diseases can be difficult to diagnose as they may have overlapping symptoms. Furthermore, there are currently no diagnostic tests for diseases such as Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis...

ThermoGenesis X-Series® System Performance Validations Reported At Scientific Meetings

Cesca Therapeutics Inc., a market leader in automated cell processing and autologous cell therapies for regenerative medicine, and ThermoGenesis, its wholly owned device subsidiary have reported Validations of System Performance for their X-Series® products from two prestigious academic medical...

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