NSW Health Statewide Biobank First Anniversary

On Tuesday 13 November, the NSW Health Statewide Biobank celebrated the one-year anniversary of a facility that not only has the potential to improve our lives, but those of our children and our grandchildren. In opening the first anniversary celebration, Simon Cooper, Chief Operating Officer of the Biobank, thanked partners NSW Health, the Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Health Pathology, Sydney Local Health District and Health Infrastructure “for having the vision to create a collaborative, truly state-of-the-art facility.” An incredible amount of hard work has gone into the development of the Biobank, which by the end of 2018 expects to hold over 500,000 samples.

Simon continued, “this is really just the start of a long journey. Efforts continue to ensure we are creating a service to help support high quality health and medical research for the people of NSW.”

Those efforts will see the NSW Health Statewide Biobank finalise national biobank registration and quality management programs, deploy and utilise the Biobank Laboratory Information System, work towards an e-consent model that aims to reduce the complexity of consent, and begin development of a specimen locator to transition from the Biobank registry currently in place. Celebrating the first anniversary gave the Biobank a great opportunity to join with staff, first research collaborators and future partners to reflect on just how much has been achieved in this first year. It was also an important opportunity to reflect on the incredible potential that lies ahead.

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