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March 17, 2004
| Last year, Rand Corp. analyzed tissue banking at a variety of academic, governmental, and corporate facilities. Its goal: to identify best practices, especially for IT, as applied to the management of tumors and other tissues stored for research.

Approx. number of human specimens Minable, searchable at secure online site Forces use of standardized terms Access to quality control data Encrypted data identifying donor Overseen by Ethics Advisory Board Requires SOPs for tissue collection
Ardais Corp. www.ardais.com

220,000
X
X
X
X
X
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology National Pathology Repository www.afip.org/Departments/repository/npr.html

92 million
X
Genomics Collaborative www.genomicsinc.com

500,000 Partial
X
X
X
X
Mayo Clinic Prostate Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE)

3,000
X
X
X
National Cancer Institute's Cooperative Human Tissue Network, www-chtn.ims.nci.nih.gov

107,000 Partial
X
Partial
X
X
X
University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Tissue Bank

1,100
X
X
X
X
X
X

Most data extracted from Rand Corp.'s "Case Studies of Existing Human Tissue Repositories," published in 2003, available at www.rand.org. Numbers of specimens reported by Bio·IT World. Back to Blood, Sweat, and Tissue 








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