Importance and Applications of Fresh Cancer Tissue Samples for Biomedical Research

Before researchers delved into the in vitro manipulation of fresh tissues, biospecimens were collected and stored in biorepositories for an indefinite period of time. To make this long-term storage possible, biosamples needed to be preserved. Although these methods are still needed and used, the expansion of innovative biomedical research has reshaped the static nature of…

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How Medical Professionals Support Biospecimen Procurement?

While being essential for innovative drug discovery, the biospecimen procurement process is complex and not well understood even by some of its key players – the medical and clinical professionals. As our actions are closely reliant on efficient communication with our clinical partners, we prepared this graphical representation highlighting the main topics that appear unclear…

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Discovery, Validation and Use of Cancer Biomarkers — Current Trends and Obstacles

When we speak about the role of biospecimens in the advancement of personalized precision medicine, we can’t avoid the topic of biomarkers. The term biomarker indicates a molecular signature (DNA, RNA, protein, lipid, metabolite) that can be objectively measured. Its levels are an indication of a normal physiological process, an abnormal pathological condition, or a…

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The Biobanking Space Is Attracting Investors and Media Interest

In about three and half months after launching a crowdfunding campaign on MicroVentures.com, an Austin, TX-based online equity crowdfunding platform, investments in Audubon Bioscience total nearly $220,000 from over 440 investors. The success of the crowdfunding campaign is a strong demonstration of the recognition the biobanking space is gaining as a key component for today’s…

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How to Choose a Trustworthy Biospecimen Provider?

  The vast majority of innovative drugs and therapies depend on real-life evidence extracted from Human Biological Specimens (HBS) and their associated data 1. As a result, significant changes started reshaping the biobanking and biospecimen procurement field, making HBS-dependent studies no longer restricted to hospitals or biobank-associated institutes. Today, the continuously growing private sector can…

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How to Choose the Right Biospecimen for Your Study?

December 2, 2020 When deciding on working with human biospecimens, it is essential to choose the type and format that best fits your project’s final goals. The type of materials (solid tissues/biofluids) and the format in which they are isolated and conserved will define the downstream applications they suit 1. The various types and formats…

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How Patient-Derived Biospecimens Drive the Advancements of Biomedical Research?

Over the last years, the focus of biopharma has moved towards precision medicine and immunologic or genetic-based therapies. This transition requires a more in-depth understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying a given pathological condition. Ethically procured human biospecimens from patients with available clinical history and molecular data are an invaluable resource to biomedical…

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