Biorepositories Program

Biorepositories are collections of biospecimens, such as tissue, blood, plasma, serum, urine, DNA, RNA and live cells – and associated health information – from patients and research volunteers.

The specimens in Mayo Clinic biorepositories are an essential resource for personalized medicine research, as they enable researchers to study and understand health and disease.

As part of the Center for Individualized Medicine, the Biorepositories Program is an infrastructure program responsible for managing two core resources for biospecimen processing and several large centralized biospecimen collections.

Mayo Clinic Bioservices

Mayo Clinic and the Center for Individualized Medicine have made a significant commitment to building a world-class, scalable biorepository infrastructure. All of the services and resources of the Biorepositories Program are available to external investigators through Mayo Clinic Bioservices.

Mayo Clinic Bioservices provides innovative biorepositories and state-of-the-art biospecimen processing and storage services.

Areas of focus

  • Biospecimens Accessioning and Processing Core laboratory provides specimen accessioning, processing, nucleic acid extraction, specimen tracking, storage and shipping in a highly integrated core laboratory vital to basic, translational and epidemiological research.
  • The Pathology Research Core laboratory provides a variety of histology and tissue-based services.
  • The Mayo Clinic Biobank is a unique collection of health information and biological samples derived from blood that began recruitment in April 2009. The Biobank's goal is to enroll 50,000 participants by 2015 to support a wide array of health-related research studies.

Program leaders