Institute for Personalized Medicine Biorepository

A biorepository (also called a bio-bank) is a collection of blood samples, tissues and other biological materials donated by patients, coupled with information about their health, environment, lifestyle, medical care and responses to medical treatment. The two main parts of the Institute for Personalized Medicine Biorepository are the blood and tissue samples, and a database of information obtained from the participants’ care.

The IPM Biorepository treats the samples and information with the utmost care and highest security. The samples are stored in small tubes in ultra-cold freezers to preserve them for many years. The tubes are labeled with coded numbers or barcodes, and the freezers are located in secure rooms. Health, environmental and lifestyle information about those patients who have donated their samples to the IPM Biorepository are stored in sophisticated computers within highly secure networks. The security is so stringent that no breach of information or samples from a bio-bank has ever occurred.

Access to Data and Samples

Investigators wishing to use biospecimens and/or clinical data that does not include Protected Health Information (PHI) will be required to submit an Access Request form to the Institute for Personalized Medicine Access Committee outlining the proposed use. The Access Committee will review requests and inform investigators in writing of their approval or non-approval of their request. All non-Penn State investigators must have a Penn State investigator as a collaborator.

To access data and samples from the Biorepository, or to consult on a prospective personalized medicine research study, contact institute staff at 855-369-3540 or IPM@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. You may also submit an online request.

Investigators who obtain samples from the IPM agree to acknowledge the contributions of Penn State Institute for Personalized Medicine in all publications resulting from the use of these materials using the following statement:

“Biospecimens and associated data used in this research were obtained from Penn State Institute for Personalized Medicine, Hershey, PA.”