Global Biobank Directory, Tissue Banks and Biorepositories
Our goal is to create the world’s most comprehensive directory of biobanks, tissue banks and biorepositories. We have included organizations that collect any or all of the following: Human and animal whole blood, blood products (plasma, serum, RBC, white cells, buffy coat, protein, etc) marrow, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, amniotic fluid, synovial fluid and other fluids, DNA / RNA, fresh / frozen / FFPE solid tissue, including surgically excised, postmortem, normal and diseased, tumor / tumour (uk) and biopsy materials spanning all types of common and rare pathologies and indications, carcinomas and cancers of all types and subtypes, (lung cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer, bone cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, colon cancer, hodgkins and non-hodgkins lymphoma, kidney/renal cancer, leukemia, melanoma, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, urinary cancer etc). Also available are samples from normal and neurodegenerative CNS indications (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis etc) autoimmune, inflammatory diseases and more. Some of our sources can even provide large cohorts of de-identified medical records and data for statistical research.
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• Please note that Specimen Central has no control over the accuracy or legitimacy of content on third party sites or the services they offer, so we urge scientists to use common sense and caution when interacting with biobanks or organization listed in this biobank directory.
• By using this site, or any of the content or links listed here, all visitors agree that they have sole responsibility for evaluating the legitimacy of third party organizations. Specimen Central cannot be held responsible for the outcome of any introduction we make. All vendors who list on our directory must follow all appropriate local laws and international guidelines for the handling, storage and distribution of biospecimens. If it comes to our attention that any organization listed here fails to follow proper procedures, they will be removed from our listing.
• We would very much appreciate it if research organizations that acquire samples from the biobank directory listed here could provide us with feedback describing your experience. We plan to eventually use your feedback to develop a biospecimen provider rating system. For researcher feedback to be considered, researchers MUST contact us from their institutional email address.
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Links last updated: August 2023. Contact us to update your organization’s information or request inclusion of your biobank in the Specimen Central biobank directory.
|Alberta||Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (APCaRI)|
|Edmonton||Canadian Biosample Repository|
|London||Lawson Brain Tumour Tissue Bank|
|Montreal||Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank|
|Mont-Royal||PROCURE Quebec Prostate Cancer Biobank|
|Toronto||UHN Biospecimen Services (added 15 February 2023)|
|Toronto||Tissue for Research|
|Toronto||Ontario Tumour Bank|
|Toronto||Sunnybrook Tumour Bank|
|Toronto||University Health Network|
|Vancouver||British Columbia Gynaecologic Tissue Bank|
|Winnipeg||Canadian Tumour Repository Network|
|Winnipeg||Manitoba Breast Tumour Bank|
|Adelaide||Australian Prostate Cancer Tissue Bank|
|Auchenflower||Ventyx Wesley Research Institute Biobank|
|Brisbane||Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank|
|Chatswood||Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Brain Bank|
|Clayton South||ASPREE Healthy Ageing Biobank|
|East Melbourne||Austrailasian Biospecimen Network|
|Queensland||Austrailasian Leukemia & Lymphoma Tissue Bank|
|Randwick||Sydney Brain Bank|
|Melbourne||Australian Brain Bank Network|
|Melbourne||Victorian Cancer Biobank|
|Sydney||Genetic Repositories Australia|
|Westmead||Australia Breast Cancer Tissue Bank|
|Iran||Iran National Tumor Bank|
|Israel||Sheba Medical Center Tissue Bank|
|Israel||Taburit Umbilical Cord Blood Bank|
|Israel||National Laboratory for the Genetics of Israeli Populations|