Virtual Biobank

ISBER Member Badge 2022CHRISTUS Health devotes itself to finding innovative ways to diagnose and treat many diseases through comprehensive biospecimen research. This type of research includes obtaining biospecimen donations from individuals to provide top-of-the-line care for our patients. We provide two types of virtual banks, which include:
  • Archival Bank: An archival bank offers access to high-quality, annotated, formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues, and H&E slides from Pathology departments. Researchers can receive them on a fee-for-sample basis.
  • 4U Bank: 4U Bank provides access to high-quality, annotated biospecimens at a client facility for research purposes on a fee-for-sample basis.

Purpose

Offer CHRISTUS patients with voluntary donation opportunities of their valuable biospecimens to advance biomedical research

Serve physicians and scientists via provision of access to reliable annotated biospecimens for translational and clinical research projects

Bring together CHRISTUS physicians and non-CHRISTUS scientists so they can collaboratively design and lead sophisticated research initiatives

Be the resource of choice for local, national, and international biopharmaceutical companies and academic centers by providing them access to our cache of valuable biospecimens

Salient Features

  • Access to biospecimens with diverse genetic and epidemiological background
  • Strict adherence to local and international ethical regulations and standards
  • Guaranteed quality and collection standard compliance
  • Same-day shipment services (global coverage)Shipment compliance management system by IATA-trained personnel
  • Cold chain management of biospecimen, including:
    • Controlled ambient: +15˚C to +25˚C
    • Refrigerated: +2˚C to +8˚C
    • Frozen and deep-frozen: -20˚C to -70˚C
    • Liquid nitrogen vapor phase: -180˚C
  • Flexibility and adaptability to client needs
  • Dedicated and professional project life-cycle management

Scope

Tumor and Normal Tissue 

  • Fresh Tissue 
  • Frozen Tissue 
  • Tissue Blocks (FFPE) 
  • Tissue H&E Slides 

Blood Samples 

  • Whole Blood
  • Plasma 
  • Serum 
  • Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC)

Other Sample Bio Fluids 

  • Urine
  • Synovial
  • Sputum
  • Saliva

Our Major Research Areas 

  • Pulmonology
  • Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Wound Care
  • COVID-19
  • GI
  • Women's Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Urology

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