About the biobank

A vital new resource
for 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.

To enable high quality and efficient research, the NSW Government invested $12 million to develop our facility, which opened in November 2017 and is an asset to support research collaboration..

Located within the Professor Marie Bashir Centre on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Campus, the NSW Health Statewide Biobank is the first and largest facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

We enable the utilisation of statewide services and infrastructure, including data management, specimen transportation and blood collection connected with the processing of human biological material.

Our state-of-the-art facility features technology to store and process millions of biospecimens that will support world-class health and medical research.

We also offer 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.

“We’re very excited to be able to store our NSW Brain Clot Bank samples at the NSWHSB, knowing that they’ll be preserved in the best possible way, for not only our future research but future research of the next generation.”

Associate Professor Murray Killingsworth, NSW Brain Clot Bank

“I hope that this will be an attractive place for researchers to choose to bank their specimens, and I’m hopeful that we can create some great research partnerships to see this biobank utilised to its full potential.”

Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer

“The biobank is a gamechanger for the SAX institute. It will provide a pathway to better research that leads to better treatment for patients.”

Dr Martin McNamara, SAX Institute (45 and Up)

What is a biobank?

A biobank is a secure place for storing human samples. Like a bank, samples donated for health and medical research are kept under tight security and in carefully controlled conditions.

Samples stored in the Biobank are used for ethically approved health and medical research, to help researchers find better ways to detect and treat illness and disease and help people with health problems.

Want to know more?

A safe house for tissue samples, tumour cells, DNA and blood samples used for medical research.

We all benefit from biobanks. They are vital to modern medical research and to our evolving knowledge of health and disease.

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank will help improve the overall management of bio-specimens used in health and medical research.

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