Category | Clinical Trial Services
A biorepository, also known as a biobank or biostorage facility, is a specialized facility or organization that collects, stores, and manages biological samples, such as tissues, blood, DNA, RNA, cells, and other biological materials, for research and clinical purposes. Biorepositories play a crucial role in advancing scientific knowledge and medical research, but biopharma companies are often faced with the question of whether it’s best to outsource their biorepository needs.
In part one of this two-part blog series, we examined the pros and cons of building a biorepository. In this post, we look at the advantages and challenges associated with outsourcing biorepository services.
Among the advantages, working with an established biorepository partner like a CDMO provides access to state-of-the-art facilities and specialized expertise at a much lower cost than building a biorepository in-house. Additionally, it offers industry expertise from seasoned professionals who can ensure samples are handled and stored correctly — whether at a single location or multiple sites to help facilitate research needs in different locations. Some of the challenges associated with outsourcing are the loss of direct control over the biorepository’s operations and the lack of immediate access to samples.
The list below outlines these and other factors that should be weighed when considering outsourcing biorepository services.
Ultimately, the decision to outsource or create an in-house biorepository depends on the biopharma company’s specific requirements, available resources, and risk tolerance. Careful consideration of these pros and cons is necessary to make an informed decision that aligns with the organization’s long-term goals and objectives. Many organizations choose a hybrid approach, where they build some infrastructure but also partner with CDMOs to leverage their third-party expertise and capabilities.
If the decision is made to outsource biorepository services, leveraging the right partner can help build a long-term, sustainable storage strategy that reduces the total cost of ownership and provides peace of mind that critical material is safe.