Specimen Procurement (BioNet)

COVID-19 update: BioNet specimen procurement services are temporarily unavailable and procurement staff will not be on campus. This change will be in place until further notice. Please direct any questions to Joe Menth, interim BLS Program Director, menth001@umn.edu.

The Biological Materials Procurement Network (BioNet) helps researchers prospectively procure high-quality human specimens while ensuring patient care and confidentiality.

BioNet is an IRB-approved, centralized human specimen procurement program at the University of Minnesota. BioNet works hand-in-hand with Anatomic Pathology to:

  • Ensure patients properly consent for research
  • Assist/expedite the transport of tissues from procedure rooms directly to Pathology
  • Ensure specimens are properly documented for research after diagnostic needs are met by Pathology
  • Process research specimens in a high-quality, consistent manner

Services Provided:

  • Patient chart review and case identification
  • Informed consent
  • Procurement of tissues and biofluids
  • Custom processing according to standard operating procedures
  • Specimen documentation, coding, and release

Location

BioNet operations currently cover three medical centers: University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Fairview Riverside Hospital, and M Health Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC). Most specimen processing takes place in the Pathology Gross Rooms, which are in close proximity to procedure rooms. This is ideal for the rapid retrieval and processing of specimens.

BioNet staff offices are located in C338 Mayo Building.

Hours

Available via email only

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Specimen Procurement Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
University-Recognized Holidays: Closed

Contact Us

Joe Menth, MHA
Interim Program Director, BLS
menth001@umn.edu

Melissa Hansen
CTSI Research Navigator
ctsi@umn.edu
612-625-CTSI (2874)

For information about accessing archival diagnostic FFPE material, contact the Anatomic Pathology Research Coordinator (daug0024@umn.edu)