Biobank Help Overview

We have a dedicated team who provides support for Open Specimen users here at Washington University.  Open Specimen is an open source bio banking informatics application that tracks and manages specimens for clinical trials.

Features of Open Specimen:

  • planned and unplanned (adhoc) specimen collection
  • storage management
  • order and distribution
  • shipping and tracking
  • bulk operations
  • barcode printing
  • role based users
  • specimen course events
  • reports based on query filters

Our goal is to continuously optimize Open Specimen and to provide ongoing support for our users.  Through this website, Open Specimen now has its own dedicated website, help desk phone and email to better serve your needs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback at or by phone at 314-273-1573.