Authors: Shonali Paul
Journal: Biobanking.com, October 29, 2019
Abstract: The primary objective of a biobank is to provide efficient management of samples and their associated data and thus saving valuable time and effort of researchers. Samples without accurate and reliable data may yield insignificant outcomes and therefore, not useful for research. Thus, it is important to maintain a complete chain-of-custody of the samples along with their non-identifiable subject information. Biobanks offer high-quality samples with well-documented procedures to ensure that the samples are stored in a controlled environment. However, due to the increase in the number of samples generated in the past decade, biobanks are under constant pressure to undertake significant streamlining initiatives to process and store the samples more robustly and efficiently. Despite the numerous efforts, resources, and budgets dedicated to biobanks for sample management activities, it is still challenging to establish a complete, consistent, and robust system for the long-term maintenance of samples and associated information.