What is Biobanking? An overview of a fast-growing industry

Novel therapies are moving away from the “one size fits all” concept and are working towards a patient-tailored precision therapy approach 1. Since this transition relies on patient-derived biosamples, it has strongly reshaped the field of biobanking and biospecimens procurement 2,3. The importance of studying both liquid and solid human bioproducts lies within the samples’…

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The Universe Within a Blood Tube – Peripheral Blood and Its Components

The term peripheral blood corresponds to all the blood circulating through the body’s blood vessel system and not concentrated within a specific organ (e.g. liver, spleen). While peripheral blood analysis is a classic routine in clinical healthcare practice, its vast number of molecules and cellular components and the relatively easy and non-invasive collection method make…

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5 Good Practices for Handling Blood Samples

Blood in a collection tube

  While peripheral blood and its precious sub-components are gaining growing attention from the biomedical research field, an increasing body of evidence 1,2  shows that even small changes in the pre-analytical conditions may affect sample quality and integrity. These observations drive the urgent need for establishing good practices and unified protocols for blood sample collection,…

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