Rising Interest in Biobank Deposits

September 24, 2014
Rising Interest in Biobank Deposits
Using frozen tissue remains the method of choice for characterizing the genome, transcriptome, and proteome. But frozen biospecimens, such as those stored in the freezer-boxed cryovials shown here, are neither foolproof nor economical. Room temperature alternatives, say researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, may be more sustainable.

John Russell

Biobanking, already a critical resource for bioresearch and medicine, is becoming even more important. According to a forecast prepared by BCC Research, biobanking will represent a $183 billion worldwide market by 2015. Besides rising in value, biobanking is growing more complicated. Questions of science, ethics, administration, and business viability are all part of biobanking’s dynamic landscape. Multiple stakeholders including government, academia, industry, and patients are shaping the field’s policy and practices.

All this ferment suggests that it is an opportune time to review the state of biobanking and identify emerging trends. Accordingly, many biobanking experts are planning to gather at the sixth annual Leaders in Biobanking Congress. This CHI event is scheduled to take place September 15–17 in Seattle.

The event will cover both the business and the science of biobanking, prompting discussion of myriad topics.

For the rest of the story, click here.