Primary Airway Cell Biobank (PACB), Canada

Registration Status: Pending

Objective: First of its kind in Canada, the PACB is a non-for-profit facility providing researchers worldwide with standardized, high-quality primary airway cells from both normal donors and a large variety of airway diseased donors. Highly differentiated primary epithelial cells are essential for studies of airway physiology/pathophysiology, cell biology, inflammation, mucosal immunity, and for translational research to develop new therapeutics. While cell lines are not representative of genetic variation and fail to differentiate into the various cell types found in vivo such as ciliated and goblet cells. Therefore, primary cells are considered as “the gold standard” when testing hypotheses regarding disease pathogenesis and preclinical development of new therapeutics. The reduced accessibility to primary human bronchial epithelial cells (HBE) in terms of high cost and low variability discourages investigators, which has a negative impact on the progress of basic research and drug development, while there is a critical need for drugs for CF patients in particular. The cells distributed by PACB, isolated from a large variety of donors with different genetic backgrounds, are essential for improving our understanding of CF and other respiratory diseases and for translational research to develop new therapeutic agents.

Registered Biobank Name Primary Airway Cell Biobank (PACB)
Biobank Leader Julie Goepp
Country Canada
Email for biobank inquiries julie.goepp@mcgill.ca
Principal Investigator Dr John W. Hanrahan
User Type
  • Mono: A biobank that supports a specific research project, may have few staff members, a small-scale accrual scope with little to no initial intention of releasing or distributing biospecimens to secondary parties
  • Oligo: A biobank that supports several research groups or clinical trials, may or may not be designed to release biospecimens outside their collaborative group
  • Poly: A biobank that has generally a larger accrual scope, resources, and multiple users outside the biobank proper
Poly - Collection aimed at supporting undetermined, multiple users with ethics approved research projects, through a defined access/application mechanism.
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