Medical Staff’s Role in Biospecimen Procurement

Biospecimens are being largely recognized as a crucial element for developing biomarker-based, targeted therapies and diagnostics. While essential to biomedical research advancement, biospecimen procurement is also a complex process involving the well-coordinated efforts of various players 1,2. This multiplayer nature of biobanking creates a certain degree of disconnection and often leaves the different parties with…

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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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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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