August 13, 2019
Biobanks are an indispensable resource for molecular and genetic epidemiology, molecular pathology, pharmacogenomics, clinical and translational research. Biospecimens enable researchers to gain novel insights into the genetic components underlying a spectrum of diseases, test scientific hypotheses, identify novel biomarkers for drug discovery and to study drug responses. Biobanks face innumerable challenges on a day-to-day basis. These include maintaining infrastructure and equipment, managing large volumes of biospecimens and associated metadata, training personnel to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), regulatory guidelines and best practices, at the same time, minimizing operational costs, following regulatory guidelines and ensuring no data loss.
This webinar iterates the significance of biobanks in research and outlines the regulatory requirements of biobanks such as HIPAA, FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11, IRB, audit trail, etc. The webinar also highlights the factors to consider when sourcing biospecimens from biobanks, the challenges involved in managing massive volumes of samples and the associated data, such as demographics, clinical history, and informed consent. Furthermore, the webinar illustrates the role of a SaaS LIMS in the cloud to securely manage data, follow regulatory guidelines, enhance operational efficiency, maximize investment returns, and contribute to the sustainability of a biobank.
Recommended attendees include Biobank Managers, Quality Managers, Research Scientists and Technicians.
Steven is the manager of the Sheffield Biorepository, which is part of the University of Sheffield Medical School. Following graduation in 2003, he began his career as a scientist in the water industry conducting non-routine chemical analysis for water pollution control. Taking the opportunity later that decade to return to scientific research he became a sequencing technician at UoS, and then in 2012, the manager of the university’s Core Genomic Facility. These past four years he has been the manager of the Sheffield Biorepository responsible for human tissue storage and related HTA compliance, while also maintaining his other technical roles at the university.