The Issue with Tissue

Recommendations for improving the use of human tissue samples

Medicines Discovery Catapult

About 1 million patients have consented to their samples being used specifically in research studies. There are a further 3 to 5 million samples held in tissue banks in the UK, where patients have permitted their sample to be used in future studies. However, it has been estimated that only 15% of samples donated for research are ever used.

“There is a responsibility for those holding information to do something with it, because nobody wants to give their data, or their samples, and then nothing happen with it” Patient Advocate, use MY data.

Medicines Discovery Catapult came together with Incisive Health and use MY data to identify the key figures from across the patient, clinical and research community to make recommendations of improving how more tissue samples could be used and accessed.

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