Ontario Tumour Bank, Canada

Certification Status: Approved
Registration Status: Completed

Objective: The Ontario Tumour Bank (OTB) is a province-wide biorepository and data bank focused on collection of tumour-related human biospecimens. It provides academic and industry cancer researchers with a diverse selection of high quality tumour-related specimens and data obtained directly by dedicated tumour bank staff, who follow a stringent set of procedures and ethical guidelines. Operating at state-of-the-art hospitals and cancer centres across Ontario, the Ontario Tumour Bank coordinates the collection, storage, analysis, annotation, and distribution of tumour and peripheral blood samples from over 30 disease sites. Working in collaboration with local pathologists, medical oncologists, surgeons and other hospital personnel, specially trained staff obtain patient consent, collect tissues and assemble comprehensive clinical information about each donor and the corresponding samples. The Ontario Tumour Bank has over 78,000 available samples representing greater than 10,000 cases. Types of samples collected include fresh-frozen tumour & matching adjacent normal, paraffin-embedded formal-fixed tissue, and cryopreserved plasma & buffy coat from peripheral blood. All tumours have a paired imaged slide for viewing pre-distribution. Enrollemnt utilizes a broadly-worded consent form to enable many types of research and applications. The Ontario Tumour Bank is working towards offering derivatives from sample materials, such as Tissue Microarrays, RNA, and DNA. These will become available to researchers beginning in mid-2012. The Ontario Tumour Bank is a program of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Funded by the Government of Ontario, OICR is a not-for-profit corporation that supports research on the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and control of cancer.

Registered Biobank Name Ontario Tumour Bank (OTB)
Biobank Leader Monique Albert
Country Canada
Email for biobank inquiries tumourbank@oicr.on.ca
Principal Investigator Monique Albert (Director), Dr. John Bartlett (Provincial PI)
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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