Key considerations for biobanks

Over one billion precious samples are housed in more than one thousand biobanks around the world. When you think about those numbers, it’s remarkable how biobanks maintain a streamlined operation to store and share crucial data for biomedical research.

To make this happen, there are some key considerations.

 

Protect Sample Integrity

Following standards set by the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), biobanks uphold sample integrity by selecting the appropriate storage method for specific samples – and choosing the right sample tube for those samples. Another important consideration of storage is minimizing transient warming events that can impact integrity and biological function during retrieval and transport.

The right storage system is a second component to preserving sample integrity. The good news is Brooks Life Sciences offer a range of automated stores at a variety of temperatures to suit all levels commonly used by biobanks.

Of course, the sample tube is also critical to maintaining sample integrity. What properties does the plastic have? How well can it be sealed to prevent leakage or contamination? Can it integrate with workflow? Can you effectively label it if needed?

 

Ease of Access to Samples and Tracability

Delays in study timelines are often tied to trouble with getting samples or knowing where they are. Paying special attention to solutions that make accessing and locating samples can optimize workflows when you’re on a schedule.

Inventory management solutions make quick work of both accessing samples and creating an audit trail. And workforce optimization tools minimize manual steps to improve data and sample tracking.

 

Order Fulfillment

Time is ticking away when it comes to sample retrieval and delivery. The answer? Automation. Which is why it is important for biobanks to automate wherever they can. In fact, an automated storage and retrieval system can save both time and effort.

 

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