Biobanks are on the list of “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now,” (Parks A. Time. 2009; 73(11)). Biobanks are organized collections of biological samples and associated data of great significance that can be used for research and personalized medicine. They are considered a key area for development in healthcare in order to accelerate the discovery and development of new drugs as well as new disease biomarkers for a more precise biology-based classification of disease.
Biobanks-associated studies have an impact on:
- The development of highly sensitive, high-throughput methods
- The development of more targeted, effective, and cost-effective treatment
- The reduction of the incidence of undesired side effects of therapy
- The early cancer diagnosis
- The improvement of access in clinical and pharmacology trial design
- New concepts of disease prevention and health promotion
All these aspects will contribute to the improvement of patients' care
A common challenge is the harmonization of the Biobank system in public hospitals. The lack of harmonization hampers the management and exchange of biological samples needed for standardized, high quality research and development of personalized therapies.
At the Italian Liver Foundation we realized that there is a need for improvement of cooperation between hospitals, research institutes and stake holders in management of common problems and biobanks are tools sustaining the research advances and innovation in several fields. Since biobank-based studies of factors predisposing to disease, have gained momentu, FIF promotes standardized and high quality research in healthcare, sustainable development, personal data protection and investments with the imperative of an harmonized system of biobanks accessible to users in simple manner through modern infrastructure, databases and registries
To define standard operative procedures (SOPs) and run a Biobank focused on liver diseases
Biological samples are essential to improve translational research
In bridging research institutes and hospitals.
In establishing well-defined cooperational network.
In set the basis for a new concept of glocal science .