Human medical waste to build biobanks

Jugnu Jain, Sreevatsa Natarajan, Soma Chatterjee

India has a high disease burden and a large number of patients. There is a tremendous need for Indian biobanks to preserve Indian samples, to capture the great diversity of diseases to spur research into earlier, more precise diagnosis and better treatments for diseases plaguing India. This review article summarizes the key components of building a systematic comprehensive biobank, type and formats of sample and data, and the ethical and regulatory guidelines in India. An example of a growing Indian biobank, Sapien Biosciences, is shared along with its business model to reach sustainability. This is done by developing clinical diagnostics internally using the annotated samples but also sharing samples and outcomes data with external investigators. Our goal is to highlight the immense untapped value of Indian biospecimens and data, to catalyze the formation of collaborative networks of biobanks both within and outside India

11 replies
  1. Bharat
    Bharat says:

    This is exactly an Idea I have been pondering since last so many year. We have hospitals flooded with patients. Lot of Samples are collected and diagnostics (clinical/pathological) but I have not seen any bothering to keep proper records and doing research on such large volume of data available. We need to collate all these data and analyze. It can definitely give insights to health trends. Recently, one of my member contracted TB, which exhibited symptoms quite different than those popularly known. We had to do all diagnostics including BIOPSY to rule out CANCER. The hospital we were attending, has now started to collate data on this trait of TB and requested us to provide SLIDES on HISTO-PATH reports.

  2. Haripriya
    Haripriya says:

    nice blog too informative. looking and reading your points its so impressive. doing more blog like this. i really appreciated doing like this. every human being to know about their body conditions. keep sharing more information for us.


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