World’s largest online directory of tissue banks
12 July 2010
The world’s largest directory of tissue banks, biobanks and
biorepositories has been unveiled by SpecimenCentral.com, a global hub
where researchers and suppliers meet to match needs.
Over 230 human tissue banks spanning four continents are listed
in the free online directory, which offers free hyperlinks to those
with websites. “We get several requests a day from hospitals and
commercial biobanks to be listed on SpecimenCentral.com,” says
Kathleen Frawley, Managing Director of SpecimenCentral. “At the
present rate, our directory will double in size in 90 days.”
Despite the rapid proliferation of biobanks and tissue banks
throughout the US and the world, there still is no efficient way to
locate and procure human tissue samples, according to Frawley. “Most
biomedical researchers are looking for a needle in a haystack,” she
adds. “SpecimenCentral.com is the one place in the world where
researchers and tissue banks can meet to exchange needs and supply.”
SpecimenCentral.com features a bulletin board where researchers
confidentially post a description of biospecimens needed for their
research. Biobanks routinely check the board to learn about
researchers’ needs. If there appears to be a match researchers are
made aware of biobanks’ interest, or tender, and are free to reply.
At a minimum, researchers stand to make qualitative and cost
comparisons of tissue offers from multiple sources.
Tissue banks, sales representatives, agents, brokers and
commercial partners use SpecimenCentral.com to uncover demand for
their inventories and develop new connections and revenue streams to
defray operational costs. “We seek to supplement, not displace,
their marketing efforts,” explains Frawley.
Specimen Central, LLC is located at