Open Source Biobanks

Our staff has created a comprehensive list of available biobanks within Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine. These resources provide a range of information from clinical data to molecular profiling. 

biobank tech sorting specimens
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Breast Specimen Repository & Registry (BSR)
Located at Fred Hutch, the repository provides investigators with high-quality, data-rich breast and blood samples that meet the detailed requirements of their research. Specimens from the repository are intended to enhance ongoing research projects and enable new avenues of inquiry.

Cancer Consortium Xenograft Repository (CCXR)
The CCXR is a shared resource to make patient-derived xenografts available for cancer research. It is formed by an agreement between the University of Washington and The Jackson Laboratory.

CARET: Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial
The CARET Repository has been a valuable resource for the continuation of cancer research. We are in the process of enhancing our database by requesting cancer and mortality data from national death indices and the state cancer registries of Washington, California, Oregon, Connecticut, and Maryland. We remain committed to maintaining our participants’ confidentiality, and any new data received will be secured in the CARET central database.  For more information on the CARET study >

Genitourinary BioRepository

This repository consists of serum, plasma, tissue and DNA samples from the genitourinary systems. All of the specimens are cross referenced to the patient’s clinical status and there is an extensive number of serial serum specimens from patients returning to the clinic for follow-up after primary treatment. One function of the Genitourinary Biorepository is the Rapid Autopsy Program (RAP). Beginning in 1991, RAP was established at the UW as a way to study lethal phenotype disease by taking samples of metastatic tissue after a patient’s death. After confirming consent with the immediate family of a patient with advanced disease, tissues are harvested within 2–4 hours of death. RAP biospecimens are shared with investigators world-wide.

biobank specimen slides in tray
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NWBioTrust (NWBT)
A collaborative Fred Hutch/University of Washington/Seattle Children’s resource that connects donated biospecimens from consenting individuals with innovative research projects aimed at advancing biomarker discovery and improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. NWBT also connects researchers at the three institutions with patients who have agreed to be contacted about opportunities to participate in research.