Multi-institutional tumor banking: lessons learned from a pancreatic cancer biospecimen repository

Pancreas. 2010 Oct;39(7):949-54. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0b013e3181df27a8.


Clinically annotated pancreatic cancer samples are needed for progress to be made toward developing more effective treatments for this deadly cancer. As part of a National Cancer Institute-funded program project, we established a biospecimen core to support the research efforts. This article summarizes the key hurdles encountered and solutions we found in the process of developing a successful multi-institution biospecimen repository.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Hospitals, Community
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Property
  • Ownership
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Quality Control
  • Specimen Handling* / standards
  • Tissue Banks*