The St James’ Hospital Cancer Biobank has had applications from several academic groups and has supplied both frozen and FFPE samples of breast, colon and other cancers to local researchers and Irish research collaborations. The biobank has streamlined the sample and data application process, formerly managed by Histopathology, by using the same application procedure for frozen and FFPE samples. With the active participation of the other network hospitals, a much greater number and variety of projects can be supported. Cost recovery is being introduced following discussions with Science Foundation Ireland and approval by the Ethics Committee.
Biobank Ireland is a partner in the Irish Blood Cancer Research Network. Biobank Ireland is participating in an Irish Cancer Society / Science Foundation Ireland-funded research consortium on breast cancer. In 2015, Biobank Ireland, through the agency of St James’s Hospital Cancer Biobank, signed a contract with The All-Ireland Cooperative Oncology Group (ICORG) to store blood samples for a clinical trial involving the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.