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World BioBank(TM) Launch Benefits Advanced Medical Research
Date:4/22/2009

Human Tissue Collection and Specimen Management Provide Focus

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- World BioBank(TM), founded by the physician partners of Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network, Inc. (ACORN) and based in Memphis, TN (USA), has begun acquiring human tissue samples for scientific research. In addition to tissue collection, World BioBank supports biomarker storage in conjunction with clinical trial operations and provides biomarker consultation services. Specimen storage management services include inventory tracking, processing, storage and shipment. "World BioBank opens the opportunity for patient-specific, targeted therapies and as such heralds a new era of scientific commitment to research and personalized patient care," announced Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, FACP, President of ACORN.

One of World BioBank's distinguishing features is its commitment to marry samples to a wealth of longitudinal medical data and tissue-specific data, including both pathology data and quality measures that are often very difficult to obtain. "With a strong commitment to the advancement of bioscience, World BioBank operates with an eye toward the improvement of patient outcomes. Patient well-being along with vigilance toward privacy and security directs operational decisions," added Edward J. Stepanski, PhD, COO, ACORN.

World BioBank(TM) collects cancer samples, normal samples, and other non-neoplastic diseases. Standardized intake, processing and release procedures assure the highest quality samples and data. Sample types routinely collected and housed include: solid tissues (snap frozen and matched formalin-fixed paraffin embedded diseased and normal internal controls) from surgical resections, image-guided biopsies, bone marrow biopsies and endoscopic biopsies. Liquid samples are obtained from peripheral blood, genomic DNA (from buffy coat), and plasma. Drawn from a demographically rich univ
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