Procurement and Storage of Surgical Biospecimens

Methods Mol Biol. 2019;1897:65-76. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8935-5_7.


A biobank is an important nexus between clinical and research aspects of pathology. The collection and storage of high quality surgical samples is essential for diagnosis post-surgery, and can also be used to create vaccines, identify therapeutic targets or establish eligibility of cancer patients in a clinical trial. Therefore, personnel handling surgical tissues should follow standard operating procedures (SOP) to maximize efficiency and preserve tissue quality. This chapter is intended to familiarize novice biobank personnel with the issues associated with different steps of surgical tissue collection including patient consent, sample collection, tissue storage, quality control, and distribution.

Keywords: Biobank; Biorepository; Biospecimen; Nucleic acids; Pathology; Procurement; Surgical; Tissue.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Specimen Banks / trends*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Quality Control
  • Specimen Handling / trends*
  • Tissue Banks / trends*