A World of Bio Banks


Biobanking is steadily growing and facing several significant challenges – what tissues will be banked, the consent process and how samples will be distributed to researchers to name a few. Managing ID and understanding the affect of temperature on individual samples are areas that CAP and ISBER are particularly interested in promoting as proper operating procedure to help maintain the viability and quality of the biosamples it stores on behalf of its clients.

Chain of Custody Story

Preserving the viability and quality of biosamples through accurate ID and temperature trend management is key to regulatory protocols and evidence‑based biobanking. bluechiip’s Chain of Custody system tracks and records the ID and temperature to the individual biosample through each stages of its lifecycle while in the care of your biobank.

Chronology of Developments

Tracking and tracing ID in industry has evolved significantly from the 1st self‑adhesive label manufactured in the 1930’s. The biobanking industry has implemented all forms of tracking systems with limited success. bluechiip’s MEMS technology builds on current technology to offer an unambiguous system that works and tracks ID and temperature to the individual biosample in that have been stored in all types of extreme environments to reduce temperature excursions, risk of damage and loss.

Evolution of Tracking Systems

Chronology of Tracking Timeline

Current Hot Topics of Discussion

The following is a selection of current hot topics in the industry with links or discussion obtained from several sources such as LinkedIn, Science Daily and others

Workflows & SOPs

The following workflow challenges are being submitted as areas of concern for biobanks and biorepositories. Please submit your own workflow issues for discussion.

CAP Guidelines

Please find a list of CAP accredited biobanks:

ISBER Best Practices

We have several free guidance papers for your convenience. In this you will find the NCI recommendations as well as our paper from Biopreservation and Biobanking. Please find a link to The ISBER Best Practices. http://www.isber.org/default.asp?page=BPR