NEW ORLEANS – The newly established Satellite BioBank Unit at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center is a state-of-the-art human biospecimen laboratory sprawling over 500 square feet of dedicated and restricted access space for BioBanking activities. The new BioBank is the only facility of its kind in the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. Being located at the Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist, it will primarily target collection of a variety of biospecimen for research purposes from women donors.

With Ochsner Research being the largest clinical research enterprise in the Gulf South Region, the objective of the BioBank is to create an extensive and robust biospecimen repository, and thereby serve research scientists with a ready-source of high-quality human tissues and biofluids.

The Biobank Unit is adequately staffed with a site manager, lab scientist, basic science research associates and clinical research coordinators. The Biobank offers cold chain management of high-quality biospecimen at controlled temperature (+15C to 25C), refrigerated temperature (+2C to +8C), frozen and deep frozen temperature (-20C to -80C) and a state-of-the-art cryo-refrigeration system including -180C liquid nitrogen vapor phase, all monitored by sophisticated alarm systems with an automatic back-up generator.

The BioBank uses advanced FreezerWorks software (21 CFR Part 11 compliant) for managing de-identified samples to reliably ensure confidentiality of donor's protected health information (PHI). The Biobank maintains a tightly-controlled shipment compliance management system by IATA-trained personnel, and is highly experienced in same day shipment including global coverage. It is also a long-standing institutional member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER).

Ochsner is proud to offer this new facility and is excited to bring together Ochsner and non-Ochsner scientists for enabling them to collaboratively design and lead sophisticated research initiatives and ultimately become a “resource of choice” for local, national and global research institutions, industry, and academic centers.

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