Development of our first statewide biobank – the NSW Health Statewide Biobank – has been made possible with a $12 million investment by NSW Government.
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This state-of-the-art facility will be a game changer for medical research in NSW, helping provide a pathway to better treatment for patients.
As the first and largest facility of its kind in Australia, the biobank will use large-scale robotic technology to store and process millions of bio-specimens for world-class health and medical research.
Forging research partnerships
Researchers and biobankers across the state will be able to store and access a wide range of samples to advance health and medical research programs. Part or all of existing collections can be stored in the modern facility.
Through these collaborations, researchers will be able to gain a more in-depth understanding of the health of the NSW community, participate in even more major international research studies, and improve the way disease is detected, diagnosed and treated.
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Where to find the biobank
The new biobank is located in the Professor Marie Bashir Centre on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital campus in Camperdown.
Housed within this renowned health and medical research hub, research collaborations and networks will be strengthened across the state and beyond.
Building works have been overseen by Sydney LHD and have been delivered on time and under budget, allowing for additional research equipment to be added.
The modern facility is expected to be operational from October 2017.
A more standardised approach
The first statewide biobanking framework is also being developed to ensure NSW has a world-class, sustainable approach to managing human biobanks and the specimens they house.
Taking the lead on this in partnership with the Office for Health and Medical Research, we are well under way in creating a framework to improve integration between research, diagnostics and clinical care. It will also provide a more standardised approach to biobanking across the state.
Want to know more?
Find out more about the NSW Health Statewide Biobank and partnership opportunities:
Visit here for five fast facts about biobanking.
Contact Jane Carpenter, Project Manager Biobanking Services
p. 02 4920 4138