This guest post by biobank researchers Daniel Simeon-Dubach; Kirstin Goldring and Marianne K Henderson introduces a current biobank sustainability survey.
Hello Biobanking Community!
Biobanks are an important resource for clinical and environmental research and financially sustaining the infrastructures is a challenge that is being experienced across the world. After several years of exploring the dimensions of biobank sustainability, we are seeking your help to provide input on your experiences of business planning for biobanks. Biobanks are as important as other large core facilities/infrastructures in a research enterprise and must be supported by strong and efficient business planning to ensure ongoing sustainability.
This survey is intended to inform understanding of the level of business planning that is being conducted in our community and the considerations being included in the plans. This effort is an expansion of the pilot survey that we conducted and recently published (Simeon-Dubach D, Goldring K, Henderson MK. Trends in Biobanking Business Planning: Initial Results of a Survey of Biobankers. Biopreserv Biobank 2017;15:72-74).
This is a global survey. We are approaching the biobank community via multiple channels (and in different languages – English, German, Spanish and French), so you may receive the same invitation and link, respectively from different sources. Please fill out only one survey. However, please forward the link for the survey to other biobankers you know.
Thank you for participating in this survey. If you have any questions, please reach out to any of us for more information!
We plan to present the preliminary impressions of the results at Global Biobank Week in September in Stockholm, UK Biobanking Showcase in October and in a publication soon after.
If you have any questions or queries please contact Daniel Simeon-Dubach; Kirstin Goldring or Marianne K Henderson.