Email updates

Keep up to date with the latest news and content from JTM and BioMed Central.

Open Access Editorial

Tumor biobanks in translational medicine

Gerardo Botti, Renato Franco, Monica Cantile, Gennaro Ciliberto and Paolo Antonio Ascierto*

Author Affiliations

Istituto Nazionale Tumori Fondazione “G. Pascale”, Napoli, Italy

For all author emails, please log on.

Journal of Translational Medicine 2012, 10:204  doi:10.1186/1479-5876-10-204

Published: 2 October 2012


The concept of tissue banking as a “bio-repository” aimed to collection, storing and distribution of human biological material and clinical information, is emerging as a successful strategy to support clinical and translational research. In particular, Tumor Biobanks represent a key resource for diagnosis, research and experimental therapies, especially for those correlated to clinical application of a new type of medicine known as “intelligent drugs”.

Biobanks are not “spontaneous” collections, but they needs an institutional organization, basically a research unit, whose effectiveness and quality can be guaranteed only if it is carefully organized according to precise and shared rules.