Supported by the Victorian Cancer Agency
Post author: Audrey Partanen. Last update: 02/11/2015 at 2:52 pm by Audrey Partanen.
The Victorian Cancer Biobank (VCB) offers vital tissue products and services facilitating breakthroughs in drug discovery, biomarker research and molecular diagnostics. We are a leading open-source supplier of high quality, accurately annotated human biological material for research purposes.
Our customers include numerous academic and government research institutions, as well as major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
We can tailor collection protocols to meet individual needs, or you can select from a catalogue of over 600,000 biospecimens (tissue, blood and their derivatives) collected from the major tumour streams. All of our samples are collected and stored under standardised protocols and conditions. Samples and data are procured through a coordinated network of tissue banks located primarily in Anatomical Pathology Departments at five major teaching hospitals.
We have strong collaborations with many of the major hospitals in Melbourne which means that we have access to a wide variety of accurately annotated tissue samples to undertake prospective tissue collections or facilitate clinical trials.
Samples and clinical data supplied by VCB are handled in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in strictest compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
With our background and expertise in human sample procurement, VCB is uniquely positioned to provide a comprehensive approach to meet the research needs of academia, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Established in 2006 by the Victorian Cancer Agency.
The Consortium Member Biobanks:
- Austin Health
- Melbourne Health
- Peter MacCallum Cancer
- Monash Health
- Eastern Health
- Cancer Council Victoria (Lead Agency)
Our centralised application process streamlines access to biospecimens by researchers from the academic and industry sectors within Australia and internationally. Researchers can specify the type of biospecimens and tumour type required from our extensive inventory and if unavailable, prospective collection can be arranged. In addition, our ‘hub and spokes’ operational structure is ideally suited to supporting multi-site clinical trials or translational research projects. Skilled medical scientists ensure tissue and blood is collected and processed according to either our own protocols or study specific protocols. Data managers collect data associated with the biospecimens and collaboration with BioGrid Australia will enable de-identified clinical follow-up data to be linked to biospecimens.
The Biobank’s unique centralised application process enables researchers to specify the type of biospecimens and tumour type required from our inventory via direct communication with the Central Operations Applications Manager.
Visit the VCB website for more information on applying for biospecimens:
Type: Core facility in a research organisation
Precinct: Central, Northern, South east, South west
Affiliations: Austin Health, Cancer Council of Victoria, Epworth Hospital, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne Health, Monash Medical Centre, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Southern Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital, The University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research