Two staff working in the biobank
Our biobank stores material used in research

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Biobank collects samples of tissue and other body matter with people's consent for use in clinical research.

We run a full service of biobanking of relevant material in the biobank and a clinical trials service of sample processing, storage and shipping for all trials open at Clatterbridge from first-in-human to late-phase trials. 

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Biobank is nationally registered, licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and approved by the Research Ethics Committee (REC).

The biobank supports sample collection from participants who have given consent to support high-quality scientific cancer research. This can be molecular mechanisms of cancer, biomarker analysis or treatment-related research.

We can collect blood, other bodily fluids and tissue under current ethics and link to demographic and clinical information, which are anonymised to prevent donors being identified.

The biobank, which also stores control samples from healthy volunteers, on the sixth floor of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool, alongside the Clinical Research Team. 

The biobank is set up to facilitate the differing needs of cancer researchers to help improve our knowledge and understanding of health and the impact of disease.

The biobank is also the central facility for the storage of biological material used in research for the Liverpool Clinical Research Facility (CRF), a partnership between Clatterbridge, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust. It is designed to heighten the level of clinical research conducted in the city.

The Liverpool CRF Biobank will be a centralised repository storing samples donated by patients at all three sites that can be used to help inform future research. 

Treatment at Clatterbridge

Following patient consent, we can collect a defined set of biological fluids and/or tissue samples. Blood samples can be processed into plasma and serum ready for analysis and more complex samples such as peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and cellular material. 

All samples are stored at ultra-low temperatures to maintain the sample for long periods of time until they can be used.

Contact us

The biobank team is:

  • Jamie Young – Biobank and Trials Laboratory manager
  • Victoria Chekoldina – Biobank Administrator
  • Chloe Doran – Laboratory Technician
  • Jake Whittle – Laboratory Technician

The biobank team email address:

We can arrange meetings, both virtual and face to face, and visits to talk about support for research.

All project proposals are reviewed on merit by a panel of clinicians, academics and laypersons linked to the Clatterbridge biobank. No samples are released from the biobank for any projects prior to review and authorisation, along with due process for costing (break even only) and acknowledgment of funding for the project.

Further information

Here are some useful links with information about biobanking: