VISICORT FOUNDATION BIOBANK

A biobank is a place – typically an ultralow temperature freezer – where patient samples are stored.  The VISICORT Foundation Biobank project biobank is a sustainable resource of bio-specimens to support future research in Eye Diseases. Over the past 5 years, the VISICORT Foundation Biobank has a built legacy of 50,000 extensively curated samples from over 1000 patients from 5 European countries who have consented to participate in VISICORT research studies. The sample types include:

  • Plasma
  • Tears
  • DNA
  • RNA
  • Aqueous Humour
  • Donor & Recipient Corneal Tissue
  • Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs)

Since 2014 VISICORT has profiled data and collected 50,000 bio-specimens from 1,300 Corneal Transplant Patients throughout Europe in three clinical studies to uniquely link their biological profiles with current and future transplant outcomes to determine better transplant results.

VISICORT Information Management System (VIMS)

A custom workflow and secure database, the VISICORT Information Management System (VIMS), was collaboratively designed by project partners Biostór Ireland Ltd., https://mastercellbank.com/ and Aarhus University Hospital Denmark. The system was subsequently honed and put into practice by clinical researchers, nurse specialists, opticians and academic ophthalmologists and VISICORT partner sites in Dublin, Ireland; Bristol, UK; Nantes, France; Berlin, Germany and Aarhus, Denmark. VIMS enables tracked sample collection, processing and storage, and is linked to clinical features relating to the samples.

Innovative Sample Management

Biostór uses Cloud-Based Sample Management systems to share data securely, allowing real-time interaction with collaborators in your own organisation, across Europe or around the globe.

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Biostór Ireland provides a wide range of proven Sample Management solutions designed to improve sample reproducibility and encourage standardisation.

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Clinical Trials

With the increasing focus on cell therapy and regenerative medicine, the storage and distribution of clinical trial materials are becoming costlier due to the personalisation of treatments and the distinctive character and specialised storage and distribution requirements for each specific cell therapy product.

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Tissue Establishment

Biostór Ireland is a certified Tissue Establishment (TE), defined under EU Directive 2004/23/EC (Irish Law S.I. NO. 158 of 2006) and licensed for the storage and distribution of human tissues and cells for human application throughout the 27 member countries of the EU.  The EU Tissues and Cells Directives comply with the requirements of US FDA Good Tissue Practices (GTPs). We maintain our cell therapy products and ATMP under precisely controlled conditions.

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Access High-Quality Samples

Human Biological Samples enable advances in scientific studies. However, sourcing can be a challenge. The VISICORT Foundation Biobank has registered its collection of bio-specimens on the Scientist.com portal (https://www.scientist.com/human-biological-samples/). Scientist.com is an online marketplace to facilitate the sourcing of pre-clinical services and human biological samples and for making the procedure of exchanging scientific goods and services easier and more transparent. Scientist.com has developed a reputable network of suppliers and biobanks to ensure that users have access to the most accurate and ethically sourced samples. Companies that require access to the sustainable resource of bio-specimens collected by VISICORT to support future research in eye diseases may register on Scientist.com.