Biobanks or Biorepositories are, by definition, a bank or collection of biological data. These include both physical samples like tissues, blood, cell lines, organisms, etc., as well as biological and medical data and records corresponding to these samples. Most biobanks store these specimens on a large scale to provide them as a service for both internal and external researchers. They are an important resource for medical research and the subsequent development of drugs for treatment. The quality of these specimens and the accuracy of the associated metadata often dictate the route the research takes and the possible outcomes.
A high-quality biobank not only accommodates proper storage of these biological specimens, to maintain sample integrity and quality, but also offers updated and well-designed documentation of the supporting metadata. This data also includes de-identified and protected subject information and a carefully maintained chain of custody of the samples. It is important for biobanks to have a dedicated automated system for managing these records, thus eliminating the possibility of human errors. FreeLIMS helps you to manage a wide range of samples stored in biobanks from receipt, through storage, and subsequent retrieval while meeting the specific needs of the biorepository. It is pre-configured to meet the primary requirements of biobanks, with user-controlled configuration available to enable each biobank to set up its signature workflow. Besides, it also facilitates you to meet regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, ISBER Best Practices and GLP in addition to maintaining PHI.