Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mayo Clinic of Florida Biobank looks to make use of specimines

 Over the past 11 months, the biobank at the Mayo Clinic in Flordia has collected over 1000 samples.  They've come from the volunteer patients in the hospital who have given access to their medical records, filled out a questionnaire and given blood for DNA sampling.  According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, the goal of the Florida biobank is to drive research forward by focusing on personalized medicines.  Next week, they'll hope to successfully sell a pitch to a research company in North Carolina company who can use the samples to make progress in research. Alex Parker, a Florida-based associate director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, hopes this is just the beginning for partnerships, as he knows that this type of work is best done in a collaborative environment.

This fall at the Biorepositories and Sample Management Event, Angen Liu, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Tissue Biospecimen Resource Center, Cleveland Clinic will be on hand to look at the importance of speed and ease of access to biospecimines, which is what a program like the Florida Mayo Clinic is offering.  Find out more about this presentation by download the agenda.  If you'd like to join us September 25-27, 2013 in Boston, MA for the event, as a reader of this blog, when you register to join us and mention code XP1898BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate!  Have any questions or want to get involved?  Feel free to email Jennifer Pereira.

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