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CHRISTUS Virtual Biobank (CVB)

Developments in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics are driving novel research needs to identify new possible molecular biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and targets for treatment of many diseases. To all these biomedical and translational research developments, large numbers of high-quality biospecimen with rich clinical and pathological datasets are needed. CVB is a unique service offering to help advance meaningful biomedical research for improved patient care. CVB creates a system-wide intrinsic capacity for procurement of high-quality human biospecimens and associated comprehensive clinical and pathological datasets.


Archival Bank: Offers access to high-quality, annotated, formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues, and H&E slides, from Pathology departments for research purposes on a fee-for-sample basis. 

4U Bank: Offers access to high-quality, annotated biospecimens for research purposes at a client facility on a fee-for-sample basis.


  • To offer CHRISTUS patients with voluntary donation opportunities of their valuable biospecimens to advance biomedical research
  • To serve physicians, and scientists via provision of access to reliable annotated biospecimens for translational and clinical research projects
  • To bring together CHRISTUS physicians and non-CHRISTUS scientists so they can collaboratively design and lead sophisticated research initiatives
  • To become a resource of choice for local, national and international biopharmaceutical companies and academic centers by providing them access to our cache of valuable biospecimens

Salient Features

  • Access to biospecimens with diverse genetic and epidemiological background
  • Strict adherence to local and international ethical regulations and standards
  • Guaranteed quality and collection standard compliance
  • Same day shipment services (global coverage)
  • Shipment compliance management system by IATA-trained personnel
  • Cold chain management of biospecimen as follows:
    • Controlled ambient: +15˚C to +25˚C
    • Refrigerated: +2˚C to +8˚C
    • Frozen and deep frozen: -20˚C to -70˚C
    • Liquid nitrogen vapor phase: -180˚C
  • Flexibility and adaptability to client needs
  • Dedicated and professional project life-cycle management


Tumor & Normal Tissues Blood Samples Other Sample Bio Fluids
Fresh Tissue Whole Blood Urine
Frozen Tissue Plasma Synovial
Tissue Blocks (FFPE) Serum Sputum
Tissue H&E Slides PBMC Saliva

Major Research Areas

  • Pulmonology
  • Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Wound Care
  • COVID-19
  • GI
  • Women's Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Urology

Contact Us

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CHRISTUS Institute for Innovation & Advanced Clinical Care
919 Hidden Ridge
Irving, Texas 75063 USA

Office: (469) 282-2220
Assistant: Lisa Horton | | (469) 282-2228