About Bio/Data Repositories

Bio/Data repositories are an increasingly popular model for institutions with a high volume of biomedical research activities and sample collection. With proper consent, data and biological materials can be banked for prospective research. Tissue and blood samples that are routinely discarded after diagnostic and pathological testing can also be retained for study.

Institutions with electronic medical record systems can update de-identified data and may also link that to corresponding specimens in the repository.

USC has issued a Policy for Biorepositories (Aug 17, 2012).

Establishing a Bio/Data Repository

Biorepository Models Universal Prototypes
Issues to Consider (HHS)
Human Tissue/Specimen Banking Assessment & Recommendations (PRIM&R)
Data-repository & De-identification Open-source Software