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Nationwide Children's Hospital awarded $11.5 million contract extension for biospecimen banking
Date:1/10/2011

. "It is a clear example of the trust and satisfaction the NCI has placed in our capabilities."

The BCR contract extends the previous tissue processing and banking work performed at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Since 1989, pediatric tumor specimens from all pediatric institutions in the Children's Cancer Study Group (now part of the Children's Oncology Group, or COG) have been banked at Nationwide Children's Biopathology Center. Because of this expertise and experience, in 1993 Nationwide Children's began working with the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) serving as a biorepository for gynecologic cancer specimens, thus housing two of the NIH's 11 national biospecimen banks.

Today, the Biopathology Center stores more than one million specimens with clinical annotations for use in cancer research, making the hospital one of the largest biorepositories in North America, with expertise in both pediatric and adult tissue specimens. In addition, the Biopathology Center serves as a national reference laboratory for several pediatric cancers, performing genetic testing used to assign patients to tailored therapy. Significant use of the banks by COG and GOG has led to numerous studies and peer-reviewed publications.

"The additional funding from the NCI highlights our initial success as a BCR and expands our opportunity to have a significant national impact on cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as an immediate impact on our local economy," stated Steve Allen, MD, CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Since establishing the BCR at Nationwide Children's, more than 40 full-time jobs have been created in areas such informatics, laboratory technology, and clinical trials development. An additional 15 jobs are expected to be added.


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Contact: Pam Barber
Pam.Barber@NationwideChildrens.org
614-355-0495
Nationwide Children's Hospital
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