The Stanford Biobank


Accelerating access to cohort-driven, quality biospecimens with fully-loaded data associations driven by cutting-edge informatics pipelines.


The future of biobanking is now.

The Stanford Biobank is leading the way in providing new resources that better protect the integrity of biological samples and unlocks their potential for biomarker discovery.

The next generation of Biobanking

Founded by Mark Cullen and Rohit Gupta, the Stanford Biobank is an academic service center for biobanking providing self-service sample management tools, centralize broad consent, standardized laboratory services, and long-term sample storage solutions.

The Stanford Biobank houses samples and data for almost 200 projects and over half million vials, including those for large flu and chronic fatigue studies, a biorepository for the rare NGLY1 deficiency genetic defect, and patient data for adult and pediatric transplantation group.

The Center developed and hosts a state-of-the-art biobank management solution, capable of reliably tracking every biological sample collected in every study at Stanford and linking each with associated electronic health records (i.e. EPIC), REDCap, and molecular data.

 

Vision

To improve and accelerate access to cohort-driven, quality biospecimens with fully-loaded data associations driven by cutting-edge informatics pipelines.

 

How we can help

The center provides researchers with:

  • On-site and off-site sample inventory support to help labs migrate samples to our tracking system.
  • An off-site “freezer farm” with 24/7 monitoring and rapid distribution of samples back and forth to Stanford. This approach lessens the risks of sample destruction due to earthquakes, power outages and fires, and also frees up expensive lab space.
  • Data infrastructure and physical storage services for large multi-site research efforts

In the News

Stanford Medicine

Banking biology

Stanford’s next-generation biobanking system is bridging the gap between research and patient care.

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Stanford expands biobank services

The Stanford Biobank is launching a state-of-the-art biospecimen management system and setting up economical, off-site sample storage options.

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Biobank, foundation team up to accelerate research into a rare disease

A Stanford “lending library” of biological samples and genomic information could accelerate diagnostic and therapeutic research for NGLY1 deficiency and related conditions.