The Biospecimens Accessioning and Processing Core was created in 2004 to meet the evolving specimen processing, storage and distribution needs of Mayo Clinic researchers. From 1986 to 2004, research biospecimens were processed alongside clinical biospecimens in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, a clinical laboratory in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP).
In 2010, the core grew to include extensive existing freezer facilities at the Mayo Clinic South Warehouse, which had been providing long-term ambient, refrigerated and frozen storage for up to 850,000 research samples.
The core further expanded in 2011 to encompass other research support activities that had been occurring since 1986 in the DLMP, including sample collection, clinical test ordering, blood and bodily fluid processing, and specimen routing and shipping. The DLMP had also been providing the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) environment necessary for many clinical trials.
Today, the core is part of the Biorepositories Program, a component of the Center for Individualized Medicine.
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