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Biopreserv Biobank. 2014 Dec;12(6):395-401. doi: 10.1089/bio.2014.0055.

Biobanking sustainability--experiences of the Australian Breast Cancer Tissue Bank (ABCTB).

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1 Australian Breast Cancer Tissue Bank, University of Sydney , Westmead Millennium Institute, Westmead, Australia .


Sustainability of biorepositories is a key issue globally. This article is a description of the different strategies and mechanisms used by the Australian Breast Cancer Tissue Bank (ABCTB) in developing and operating the resource since its inception in 2005. ABCTB operates according to a hub and spoke model, with a central management hub that is responsible for overall management of the resource including financial, ethical, and legal processes, researcher applications for material, clinical follow-up, information/database activities, and security. A centralized processing laboratory also operates from the hub site where DNA and RNA extractions are performed, digital imaging of stained tumor sections occurs, and specimens are assembled for dispatch for research projects. ABCTB collection sites where donors are identified, consent obtained, and specimens collected and processed for initial storage are located across Australia. Each of the activities of the resource requires financial support and different sources of revenue, some of which are allocated to a specific function of the ABCTB. Different models are in use at different collection centers where local variations may exist and local financial support may sometimes be obtained. There is also significant in-kind support by clinics and diagnostic and research facilities that house the various activities of the resource. However, long-term financial commitment to ensure the survival of the resource is not in place, and forward planning of operations remains challenging under these circumstances.

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