About the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank

About the Tissue Bank

Leading the way in breast cancer biobanking

The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank provides high-quality, ethically-collected biomaterials and data from breast cancer patients and individuals without breast cancer. 

The Tissue Bank was developed in response to our first gap analysis of breast cancer research1, which identified that the main barrier to progress was a shortage of good-quality tissue. The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank provides the breadth of materials needed for breast cancer research, ranging from serum samples, through frozen and fixed tissue samples to isolated breast cell populations. We help the research community to raise the standard of breast cancer research and facilitate the coordinated translation of scientific findings into the clinical setting.
The Tissue Bank’s open-access bioinformatics portal allows researchers to identify studies similar to their own, provides a sophisticated data mining tool, and allows users to easily perform simple, but relevant, bioinformatics analyses on publicly available datasets.

Already making an impact

The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank opened to researchers in the UK and Ireland in 2012 following a successful pilot year. We currently have more than 52,000 samples from over 12,000 patients available to researchers. Over 10,000 samples have been used in or allocated to research projects. 

Where are the Tissue Bank Centres?

The Tissue Bank is hosted by Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, as the Lead Operational Centre, with collecting centres based at:

The University of Aberdeen

The University of Sheffield 

The University of East Anglia 

The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank is generously supported by funding from Asda Tickled Pink and the Garfield Weston Foundation


Find out what collections we have available and apply. For costs please see our costs of samples page.

If you are a patient and want to find out about donating to the Tissue Bank visit our main website.

1. Thompson A, Brennan K, Cox A, Gee J, Harcourt D, Harris A, Harvie M, Holen I, Howell A, Nicholson R, Steel M, Streuli C. Evaluation of the current knowledge limitations in breast cancer research: a gap analysis. Breast Cancer Research 2008;10(2):R26.