NSW Health

Statewide Biobank

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

A world-class facility to revolutionise health and medical research:

  • 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.
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Forging research partnerships

NSW researchers will be able to access a vast range of samples to:

  • 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.
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The statewide biobanking framework

Benefits of the framework include:

  • 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.
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MILLIONS OF SAMPLES STORED AT
80
DEGREES CELSIUS
CAPACITY FOR OVER
3000000
HUMAN SAMPLES FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH

The new biobank is located in the Professor Marie Bashir Centre in Camperdown.

The biobank is built on collaboration. See the partners who made this possible.

Everything you need to know about the biobank right here.

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