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The state-of-the-art NSW Health Statewide Biobank processes, stores and provides high-quality samples for health and medical research

This biobank will help NSW researchers access a vast range of samples and will help revolutionise medical research.

Watch this four minute video about how the first statewide biobank in NSW is providing a pathway to better treatment for patients.

This modern facility provides vital infrastructure to help researchers gain a more in-depth understanding of the health of the NSW community, participate in more international studies and improve the way disease is detected, diagnosed and treated.

NSW researchers can choose to house some or all of their existing collections at the biobank.

Samples and collections are housed in line with evidence-based, best practice protocols and operating procedures.

NSW Health Pathology — Australia’s largest public pathology provider — is operating the new facility.

Major features of the biobank include:

  • Large-scale robotic technology to store and process around three million human bio-specimens
  • Capacity to support large-scale population studies
  • Fully automated barcode tracking system to ensure traceability and custody control of samples
  • Automated DNA extraction
  • Histopathology tissue processing capabilities
  • Laboratory information management system

Ultra-low temperature storage to support long-term storage of samples using:

  • Brooks BioStore II automated -80C storage facility
  • Mechanical -80C freezers
  • Reticulated nitrogen to cryovats for -196C

Blood collection facilities including:

  • Phlebotomy service
  • Automated fractionation of blood into its components (plasma, serum, buffy coat, RBCs etc.)

 

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