The International Agency for Research on Cancer (Iarc) has extended its drive for greater use of biobanking through a new memorandum of agreement.
Biobanks store biological materials for future research, typically providing samples from a very large number of people for use by multiple researchers, often for cross-purpose studies.
Iarc signed the memorandum with the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), according to information on the Iarc website dated 2 November. The two organisations will support the development of biobanking in low and middle income countries (LMICs) and collaborate on the creation of a joint working group for the development of educational activities.
Iarc says that the memorandum will strengthen the Iarc-led LMICs Biobank and Cohort Building Network (BCNet).