ISBER Annual Meeting
9:00am-7:45pm Exhibit Hall Open Mandarin Hall 9:00am-12:00pm Symposium 3A:
Chairs: Huaijian (Alex) Guo (Trans-Hit Biomarkers - Canada), Daniel Simeon-Dubach (Switzerland)
Sustainability is a complex and ongoing challenge for biobanks around the world. Over the past several years, ISBER has been examining the dimensions of sustainability to help biobanks find solutions. One of the major issues is the low utilization rate of many of the world’s biobanks, regardless of the sector and size. Utilization can be defined in many ways, which makes it difficult to compare or define success for the use of collections. Each biobank has their own local constraints for use of their collections and what stakeholder communities that they can serve. Also, there are various metrics that can be employed to evaluate utilization of samples and data, and these will be discussed as part of the overall introduction to the complexity of pathways to sustainability for current and future biobanks. The invited speakers in the session will highlight their ongoing management of sustainability and how utilization targets and rates.