Biospecimen Repository

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For more than 20 years, the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute has maintained a Biospecimen Repository of patient tissue samples which serves as a source of tissues and tumor cell lines from which scientists can perform ongoing and novel research. 

Established by Bernard A. Fox, Ph.D., the Biospecimen Repository is co-led by Carlo B. Bifulco, M.D., and contains over 60,000 samples from more than 1,000 cancer patients and normal tissue donors, including peripheral blood mononuclear cells and sera from patients on investigator-initiated clinical trials. 

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Tumor specimens include melanoma, renal cell cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and 70 other types of cancer. A predominance of melanoma and renal cell cancer specimens reflects the longstanding interest in immunotherapy shared by all institute investigators.

“A predominance of melanoma and renal cell cancer specimens reflects the longstanding interest in immunotherapy.”