Biospecimens – a term meaning biological specimens – are samples of tissues, cells, fluids or other biological materials collected from living organisms including humans, animals or plants, for scientific and medical purposes.

These specimens are essential for various research, diagnostic and clinical studies. Biospecimens provide valuable insights into the biology of the organisms they are collected from and can be used for a wide range of applications, includingpersonalised medicine, biomedical research, drug development, and genomic epidemiological studies.

The VCB primarily focuses on providing solid tissue or blood samples collected from people receiving cancer care, such as during surgery, pathology or colonoscopy.


Biospecimen journey

1Donors consent to having material collected

2The material is processed at the hospital tissue bank sites for VCB projects

3Certain projects receive the material directly after collection

4Material not used for a current project is safely banked in our facilities until a use is found

5Research is conducted using the material, which results in improvements in cancer outcomes through better knowledge, diagnosis and treatments

Biospecimen Journey to empower research

The Victorian Cancer Biobank through the Cancer Council Victoria as Lead Agency is supported by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency, a business unit of the Department of Health.

RAP Victorian Cancer Biobank would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. We would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.

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Consortium members

Cancer Council Victoria Austin Health Eastern Health Monash Health Peter Mac Royal Melbourne Hospital

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