Tissue Bank Project with Jeroen Bosch Hospital prolonged
PamGene and Jeroen Bosch Hospital, a large Dutch peripheral hospital, prolonged their collaboration. This collaboration started three years ago and aimed at developing a procedure to collect and store fresh human tumour tissue and starting a biobank with tumour tissue samples of colon and breast cancer patients. Early this year, 250 of these samples have been collected, enabling the performance of clinical studies based on PamGenes kinase activity profiling platform.

To improve the treatment options for patients, we need to be able to perform research with contemporary molecular biology techniques, such as kinase activity profiling. For this kind of research, freshly frozen tissue is a prerequisite. However, current practice in a hospital is that acquired tissue is chemically fixated to preserve it from degradation, and to maintain the structure of the cells. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been defined to gain conformity in the workflow of collecting, freezing and storing of fresh tissue samples.

The Jeroen Bosch Hospital has appointed a physician assistant to collect the clinical information of the samples and to support clinical studies performed on the collected colon and breast cancer tissue samples.

This project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under OP-Zuid.