Supporting world-class health and medical research
The NSW Health Statewide Biobank is a game changer for medical research in NSW, providing a pathway to better research that leads to better treatment for patients.
It’s the first and largest facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and uses large-scale robotic technology to store and process millions of bio-specimens for world-class health and medical research.
First and largest biobank of its kind in Australia
- Large-scale robotic technology to store and process over three million samples of human tissue, blood, DNA and tumour cells.
- Unique support for large-scale population studies to help track health trends across the state and disease-specific studies, such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and rare diseases.
- Highly sophisticated, automated equipment to reduce the time it takes to manage and retrieve samples, and speed up the time it takes to get discoveries from the lab to patients.
- State-of-the-art, temperature-controlled storage systems to protect the long-term integrity of samples; vital for studies lasting 10 years or more.
Forging research partnerships
- Help improve the way diseases are detected, diagnosed and treated.
- Understand even more about the health of our NSW community.
- Participate in more major international studies and strengthen collaborations across NSW and beyond.
The statewide biobanking framework
- A standardised consent process to streamline the collection of samples while ensuring we respect the rights of patients.
- A set of standards for endorsed biobanking facilities and a communication system between research and diagnostic services.
- Potential for links to administrative data sets via the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL).
- An online search platform to identify the availability of specimens and data across NSW.
- A feasibility pilot for specimens and data links to NSW Health Pathology activities.