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Sep 18, 2012

Biobanking Challenges

Experts predict that healthcare’s future will increasingly be based on the field of personalized medicine. To move this pharmacogenetics research forward, there is a growing need for biospecimens such as blood, saliva, plasma, and purified DNA. The role of biorepositories and biobanks will be critical here. Yet, biobanks confront significant issues such as material supply, standards development, and sample tracking across multiple organizations.

What is the most important issue biobanks need to deal with in order to function successfully?

Collecting usable specimens
 
  32.5%
Obtaining donor-patient consent
 
  15.6%
Data management
 
  20.8%
Establishing international standards
 
  20.8%
Keeping up with biobanking technology advances
 
  10.4%

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