Specimen Procurement (BioNet)

COVID-19 update: We are now on-site to collect specimens from cases that are part of ongoing clinical trials. Sunrise plan announcement.

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


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.


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

Jenny Pham, PhD
Program Director, Biorepository and Laboratory Services

Melissa Hansen
CTSI Research Navigator
612-625-CTSI (2874)

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