About the book
Biobanks (and especially oncobiobanks or tumor sample banks) are centers of complex biological resources, organized and oriented to collect and store various types of biological materials (tissues, cells, serum, etc.) and clinical and epidemiological information associated to patients who voluntarily decide to donate samples to these collections. In recent decades, biobanks became a valuable resource for research development and innovation in disease treatments, aimed at the identification of biomarkers and the discovery of new therapeutic agents, contributing to the strengthening of personalized medicine, significantly improving clinical outcomes and, consequently, improving services and care for patients.
The implementation of a biobanks should provide support to scientific research projects, clinical protocols, as well as of specialists and students, thus contributing to a higher quality of generated research and the consolidation and advancement of synergies with other institutions and countries.
For the implementation of an institutional biobank, national legislation should be considered, international suggestions for its management and organization.
Biobanks should always be accompanied by technology and systems for classifying and preserving samples that are historically invaluable. Biobanking is a part of a relevant infrastructure for hospital and reserach institutes representing a new way of obtaining and distributing samples and sharing discoveries worldwide.