Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How can biorepositories accelerate clinical trials?

The Moffitt Cancer Center of Tampa, Florida has taken a huge step in creating effective efforts to make patient recruitment easier and have quicker, more successful clinical trials. How? They've created a biorepository that archives and details biological samples provided by patients already being treated. To collect samples, they encourage their patients to donate their tumor tissue and other biological samples through the Total Cancer Care© protocol.

According to the Oncology Nurse Advisor, after donation their samples are analyzed, biomarkers are noted and the information is kept in electronic health records. With this precision, the importance of the well kept and ordered biorepository is proven by helping those conducting clinical trials to reduce the patient trial size, conduct them faster due to the help of the analysis that aids personalized medicine.

According to David Fenstermacher, PhD, also Moffitt Cancer Center, “Our study provides evidence that programs, such as the Total Cancer Care® protocol, that follow patients and collect clinical data for storage in a common warehouse can reduce the number of patients needed for a clinical trial without compromising the results of the study. Another positive impact of using the biorepository for clinical trial participation is that phase II trials that test new cancer treatments being developed by the pharmaceutical industry move more quickly and cost less.”

A major issue in the current biorepositories industry is that it is difficult to keep track of and provide storage for samples in an efficient way. What other progress has been made in the field?  This fall at the Biorepositories and Sample Management event, Helen Moore, Program Director, NCI-BBRB will be joining us to address some of the other progress that has been made in the sample management field during the presentation Meeting the Biospecimen Management Challenges of the Coming Decade and Beyond. For more information on this event, download the agenda. If you'd like to join us September 25-27, 2013 in Boston, as a reader of this blog when you register to join us and mention code XP1898BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate.

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