The Unity Health Biobank operates according to a governance structure, which includes committees responsible for Biobank oversight, operation and sample access.
The Biobank Steering Committee provides leadership and advice regarding the strategic priorities, financial status, market strategies and infrastructure allocation of resources for the Biobank. The Steering Committee will meet at a minimum of once a year but can convene on an ad hoc basis.
The Biobank Manager, in consultation with the co-directors, will manage the daily operations of the Biobank, including approving standard operating protocols, reviewing data collection, updating patient inclusion/exclusion criteria, approving applications for funding, establishing and updating a cost recovery schedule, planning for long-term sustainability and approving human resources issues, including hiring and training staff members.
A Biospecimen Access Committee will be responsible for evaluating requests for Biobank samples, based on factors including scientific merit and project feasibility. For more information about how to access samples, please contact us here.