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Open Access Editorial

Tumor biobanks in translational medicine

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

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

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

Published: 2 October 2012

Abstract

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.