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    Procurement services include collection of prospectively-obtained biospecimens processed as detailed for each study protocol, as well as remnant portions of routinely processed clinical samples. NWBioSpecimen staff work with each researcher to tailor procurement to fit the needs of each study.

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    Annotation data includes medical record data, diagnostic information, and additional detailed analyses such as digital pathology measurements. This information is de-identified unless the research team has specific Institutional Review Board approval to obtain identifying information.

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    Well-annotated biospecimens are crucial in clinical trials and translational research about the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Our services are available to researchers within our collaborating institutions as well as outside organizations.

NWBioSpecimen works closely with NW BioTrust and study teams to ensure that patient consent or other appropriate authorizations are in place for biospecimen procurement and annotation with medical record information and other data.

Procurement services include collection of prospectively-obtained biospecimens processed as detailed for each study protocol, as well as remnant portions of routinely processed clinical samples. NWBioSpecimen staff work with each researcher to tailor procurement to fit the needs of each study.

Annotation data includes medical record data, diagnostic information, and additional detailed analyses such as digital pathology measurements. This information is de-identified unless the research team has specific Institutional Review Board approval to obtain identifying information.

Well-annotated biospecimens are crucial in clinical trials and translational research about the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Our services are available to researchers within our collaborating institutions as well as outside organizations.

Recent News from NWBioSpecimen

2015 NWBioSpecimen Survey Results

2015 NWBioSpecimen Survey Results

NWBioSpecimen conducted a survey to gauge the satisfaction of users during calendar year 2015. The survey results are now available.

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Beyond isolated cells: microfluidic transport of large tissue for pancreatic cancer diagnosis

3D microscopes may fundamentally change pathology and aid pathologists in the early detection/diagnosis of cancer as they may permit rapid biopsy interrogation by circumventing many standardized steps. This research which has received significant academic and media attention since 2014 is a collaborative/interdisciplinary project, where human biopsies provided by NWBioSpecimen are used in whole sample processing (“pathology-in-a-tube”), tissue transport and specimen optical clearing using our custom microfluidic device, benchtop experimental setups and 3D microscope.

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A Distributed Network for Intensive Longitudinal Monitoring in Metastatic Triple-Neg Breast Cancer

UW Medicine’s Center for Cancer Innovation (CCI), founded by C. Anthony (Tony) Blau, M.D., published an article in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network in January 2016 using research biospecimens prospectively procured by NWBioSpecimen.

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