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A wide range of services is offered by Tumorbank @ UZA.

Services offered by Tumorbank @ UZA

  • Standardized operating procedures (SOPs)
    • Collected with patient consent
    • Approved by the Ethics Committee
  • Residual tissue
    • Fresh-frozen tissue samples (both tumor and reference material if present)
    • FFPE mirror samples (both tumor and reference material if present)
  • Blood samples
    • Residual serum 
    • Informed consent blood products
      • Whole blood
      • Serum
      • Plasma
      • Buffy coat
      • Red blood cells

Temperature monitored sample storage

  • -150°C
  • -80°C
  • -20°C
  • 2-8 °C
  • Room temperature storage (FFPE samples)

Sample processing

  • Sectioning of fresh frozen or FFPE material
  • DNA & RNA extraction (FFPE and fresh frozen material)
  • DNA & RNA quantification 
  • RNA integrity number (RIN) analysis

Services offered by our UA/UZA partners


  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH)

Molecular testing

  • qPCR mutation analysis
  • Sanger sequencing
  • Next generation sequencing 

Non-molecular analysis

  • Post-translational modification status analysis (NanoPro)
  • Real-time cellular monitoring (xCELLigence)

ISO 15189:2007 accredited sample analysis scope: 

Services offered by MOCA datamanagement

Tumorbank @ UZA makes use of SLims software for biosample tracking and to control quality features. The tumorbank serves as a platform for high quality research activities. Not only a high amount of samples of high quality is necessary to set up research projects, but also the documentary of all associated health-related data from the patient makes the tumorbank highly valuable. A team of data managers ensures the correct association of biosamples with other medical data related to the patient at the UZA.