Developing an institutional cancer biorepository for personalized medicine

Angen Liu

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High quality human biospecimens, such as tissue, blood, cell derivatives, and associated patient clinical information, are key elements of a scientific infrastructure that supports discovery and identification of molecular biomarkers and diagnostic agents. The goal of most biorepositories is to collect, process, store, and distribute human biospecimen for use in basic, translational and clinical research. A biorepository serving as the central hub provides investigators with an invaluable resource with appropriately examined and characterized biospecimens with associated patient clinical information. Expertise in standardization, quality control, and information technology, and awareness of cutting edge research developments are generally required for biorepository development and management. The availability of low cost whole genome profiles of individual tumors has opened up new possibilities for personalized medicine to deliver the most appropriate treatments to individual patients with minimal toxicity. A biorepository in support of personalized medicine thus requires the highest standards of operation and adequate funding, training and certification. This review provides an overview of the development of an institutional cancer biorepository for clinical research and personalized medicine advancement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Biochemistry
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biorepository
  • Biospecimen
  • Cancer tissue
  • Pathology
  • Personalized medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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