What Are Research Biorepositories?


What are Research Biorepositories (Biobanks)?

Research biorepositories, or biobanks, store biospecimens made available for scientists to study for clinical or experimental purposes. Human biospecimens most crucial for precision medicine research have detailed information about the medical condition of the patient, including medical history and prior and current medical treatments.

One of the highest priorities of a research biobank is to ensure that each donated biospecimen is optimally preserved, available, and effectively used for meaningful research and to protect the privacy and medical information that may be linked to each biospecimen. Biobanks are critical to supply human biospecimens for modern research that will drive the development of a new generation of targeted diagnostics and therapies (i.e., precision medicine) to improve clinical outcomes for patients.