Mission Statement

The goal of the Indiana Biobank is to aid researchers in discovery research that may lead to better ways to treat and prevent diseases. The Indiana Biobank works towards this goal by providing researchers with the tools and resources they need to advance their research.

About the Indiana Biobank

The Indiana Biobank was established in 2010 and is intended to be a resource to promote discovery research. We offer a variety of services to meet this aim. Each year, we provide researchers over 4000 sample collection kits, bank samples for over 30 biobanks, support over 15 targeted collections, distribute thousands of specimens and omics data, and collect over 10,000 specimens for broad sharing.

The Indiana Biobank is a part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The CTSI is a statewide collaboration of scientists at Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships.

Who is using our services?

Since 2010, the Indiana Biobank has supported hundreds of academic and commercial researchers through services and distributed thousands of specimens to aid in discovery research in a variety of therapeutic areas.

Erin Conboy, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical and Molecular Genetics, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Pediatrics

Indiana University School of Medicine

"The Indiana Biobank provides sample collection kits, sample processing, and distribution services for our Undiagnosed and Rare Disease Clinic. They also work with us to make sure our samples are distributed quickly and efficiently, helping our comprehensive genetic and metabolic testing and analysis run smoothly as our researchers work together to look for answers for families in Indiana."

David Haas, MD

Robert A. Munsick Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Indiana University School of Medicine

"I appreciate how flexible the Indiana Biobank team is. Our project is a multi-year, multi-site, and multi-visit study focused on pregnant mothers and their babies. As we continue to develop and design the most efficient workflow, the Indiana Biobank team works with us to support our project’s evolving needs."

Melissa Kacena, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Indiana University School of Medicine

"The Indiana Biobank worked quickly to provide me with high quality samples and clinical data for my COVID-19 research. They have been incredibly accommodating and efficient as we work through the pandemic. I would encourage other investigators to use them as a resource. "

Nabil Adra, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Assistant Professor of Urology, Director, Genitourinary Oncology

Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

"The Indiana Biobank supports my research by providing kits, sample processing, storage, and sample distribution services for my biobanks. They also share their biobanking expertise with me, allowing me to sharpen the focus of my research. The Indiana Biobank is a great partner! "

Sharon Moe, MD

Co-director Indiana CTSI, Director, Division of Nephrology, Stuart A. Kleit Professor of Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine, Scientific Director, Indiana Biobank

"The Indiana Biobank has been a key partner of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health since the inception of the Center. The Indiana Biobank staff worked with us to design several blood and tissue sample collections. They have also worked with us to develop an online sample catalog to help our collaborators determine which samples meet their research needs. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Indiana Biobank to accelerate discoveries and understanding in musculoskeletal health. "

Dongbing Lai, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Indiana University School of Medicine

"The Indiana Biobank provided me with over 3,600 DNA samples for my collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Biobank team worked with me to design a query to identify cases and controls of interest for my research. They also provided me with health information for each sample. In addition to samples, I have also received GWAS data from the Indiana Biobank to support my research looking at the genetics factor of substance use disorders and related diseases. Their team has been great to work with, and I would highly recommend working with them."

Precision Health Consent

The IU Precision Health Consent is a statewide initiative, co-developed by Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health to collect blood specimens through the Indiana Biobank for genomic sequencing. The specimens and information can be used in research to find better treatments for diseases of today and the future.

IU Health patients can participate in this effort by donating a blood specimen. Patients who are already in the lab for a scheduled blood draw can consent in-person or may consent remotely for a future draw. The Indiana Biobank can also use blood specimens left over from other procedures. Patients who participate are automatically enrolled in the All IN for Health program initiative and will receive a newsletter that provides resources for good health and opportunities to participate in more health research and clinical studies. The goal of the project is to enroll 300,000 IU Health patients over the next five years.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Precision Health Consent.