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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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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What is Biobanking? An Overview of a Fast-Growing Field

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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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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6 Cancer Research Advancements Reliant on Human Biospecimens

March 16, 2021 Over the last two decades, oncology research has achieved outstanding results in the way we understand and approach the multifaceted nature of cancer. From immuno-oncology at the forefront to targeted therapies and biomarkers identification, novel therapeutic multiplicity is impressive. Despite their diversification, these therapies have few crucial commonalities: they are targeted, personalized,…

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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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