Institutional Review Board Process

Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for procurement of tissue for research. In fact, acquisition of any tissue that is to be the subject of research or development requires IRB approval.

Since the tissues that the BioNet obtains are considered waste material, most investigators need to simply fill out the short form entitled "Request for Exemption from Committee Review of Research Involving Human Subjects."

Application forms can be obtained from the IRB Human Subjects Committee website or by calling 612-626-5654 or faxing 612-626-6061. The IRB is located in room D528 Mayo Memorial Building. The mailing address is:

Mayo Mail Code 820
420 Delaware Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

BioNet has IRB approval to procure waste tissue. We take full responsibility for obtaining patient consent prior to surgery for the tissue that we procure.