The VCB offers prospective collection services to cater to the requirements of your project, which may include insufficient archival specimens, fresh tissues for organoid study, and non-routinely banked sample types, such as PBMC.

Flexibility is at the core of our approach—wherever feasible, the VCB ensures that samples are collected and processed according to the project's specific needs. We support donor selection, consent, samples collection, processing, distribution and storage, in a bespoke manner. These services are provided under our harmonised ethical framework.

Conveniently located at major hospitals across Melbourne and integrated into the hospital ecosystem, our VCB sites are strategically positioned to facilitate seamless collaboration and access to a diverse pool of high-quality clinical samples.

Common services for prospective collections


  • Recruitment
    • Case Selection and Consent
  • Whole Blood and Derivates
    • Collection
    • Processing (Plasma, Serum, Buffy Coat, PBMNC)
  • Solid Tissue 
    • Collection
    • Processing (Snap Frozen Tissue, FFPE/OCT)
    • Slide (H&E, FFPE)


  • Storage Management (Freezer, LN)

 Associated Clinical Data

  • De-identified pathology report
  • Questionnaire
  • Diagnosis*
  • Staging and grading
  • Therapy and medication data
  • Follow up data

*Diagnosis and death data are linked with the VCR. 

Cost recovery schedule

The VCB will take into consideration any material that we can bank for use with other projects collected through your projects prospective collection. As a result, we will reduce the cost appropriately. It is therefore important to consider what material is necessary for your project and what can be shared for other research purposes.

Please refer to the Services price list to get an impression of how much a service will cost if no material is to be shared.

Case selection and consent: For project case selection and consent, the VCB will assess the complexity of the request and whether there are other projects that may benefit from this material when determining pricing.

Blood collection and processing: For blood collection and processing, the service fee is reduced reflective of the volume that the VCB can bank.

Tissue Collection and processing: For tissue collection and processing, the service fee is reduced reflective of the volume that the VCB can bank.

Bundle data discount: Accessing clinical data and keeping them up to date is a time-consuming task. We encourage carefully planning out the required data to avoid multiple data retrieval requests.

Therefore, data requests involving multiple items will receive a data bundle discount. The first two higher price data items are charged at full price, with subsequent items being discounted at 50%.

Additionally, we encourage planning out the required clinical data before collection begins, as this will further save time and costs when collecting clinical data items. Consequently, for data items outlined before prospective collection, we offer an additional Prospective data discount of 10%

Project Application: Project application handling, including project application documentation review, submission to access committee, and establishment of standard agreement (if successful). Extensive negotiations of agreement are subject to additional legal negotiation charges.

Project Management: In certain cases, a project management fee will be necessary. This will be thoroughly discussed with projects in question before agreements are made and will be charged only if administrative services exceed 1h per month.

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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