Don’t underestimate the value of having sample management software. Though you may think that your facility is doing just fine without sample manager software or sample tracking software, you may have a greater need for a more competent, digital system than you suppose. Consider the following.
There Are a Lot Samples Out There
There’s a lot of samples out there, so much so that the sheer volume can make it all difficult to manage. Believe it or not, the number of tissue samples in U.S. biobanks alone has been estimated to have reached more than 300 million by the turn of the century. Since that time, it’s increased by about 20 million per year.
Many Facilities Have Trouble Tracking Down Quality Samples
Believe it or not, many biobanks actually have trouble getting the samples that they need. According to a 2011 survey of more than 700 cancer researchers, about 47% of cancer researchers — nearly half — had trouble finding biobanks samples of sufficient quality. Management software can help alleviate this problem, and make it easier to find the samples needed.
Most Facilities Understand the Need For Oversight
Most facilities know that there’s an oversight problem. In fact, about four out of five (80%) of biobanks have an internal oversight board of some kind. Since it’s apparent to so many biobanks that oversight is a huge priority — as it should be — the logical thing to do would be to make any and all improvements possible. Biobanking software can only help.
Between the sheer volume of samples, the inability to track down quality samples, and the obvious need for oversight, it’s amazing that more facilities don’t immediately adopt management software, which can help alleviate such issues.