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Sanford BioBank

The Sanford BioBank is a collection of biological samples and health information. It has two applications: Research and Clinical banking.

Research BioBank

By providing scientists with direct access to the Sanford BioBank, we are accelerating research and potential discoveries. Scientists don’t have to wait to receive biological samples, allowing them to begin their important work sooner.

Clinical BioBank

Your sample could also help you and your loved ones because it is saved for future genetic testing. We collect and store samples from any patient age 18 and older. This allows our physicians to adopt and practice precision, predictive medicine. No other biobank incorporates this clinical application.

Together we can go further, faster

At Sanford Health we believe it takes all of us to pioneer the future of medicine. That includes you.

A few minutes of your time and a simple blood draw can make a major impact on helping us better understand disease and discover cures for future generations.

There is no cost to participate.

Be a part of the future of medicine and donate your genetic information.

You have a choice to donate samples for medical research to help our researchers find new and better treatments for patients. Before you make your decision about donating, it is important you understand what donation is, how it works and how your consent plays a role.



A biobank is a collection of biological samples and health information. Biobanks play a crucial role in biomedical research by providing access to a vast array of biological specimens (including plasma, serum, DNA, and tissues) linked to the donor’s health history.

Sanford is creating a biobank to advance personalized medicine. Availability of human specimens is a major bottleneck in biomedical research, and biobanks can help by providing highly characterized biological specimens, thereby accelerating the pace of discovery.

Yes, a biobank serves as a library of samples for researchers. When samples and medical history are already available in once place, it greatly reduces the time scientists need to take to recruit participants for their research.

Sanford has a research biobank, specific for collecting samples for research purposes, and a clinical biobank of patient DNA samples stored for use in future clinical testing.

Any person who is willing to give consent and have their blood taken can participate.

If you would like to enroll in the Sanford BioBank please click here.

No, there is no cost to participate in the biobank.

No, you will not receive any payment for participating in the biobank.

No, both biobanks (research and clinical) use samples collected in a single blood draw.

DNA from your sample will be extracted and stored in the biobank at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD. Blood samples will be split into small storage tubes and placed into the biobank.

Samples may be used for population genetic studies, cancer research or other large-scale investigations.

If after reviewing the consent form you choose to enroll in the Sanford BioBank, blood will be taken the next time your Sanford Health physician orders a blood draw.

We will use information held in your Sanford medical record. If additional information is needed, we may seek your permission to obtain medical records from other institutions.

Only biobank personnel will have access to your samples and health information including personal information that could identify you. Researchers who request samples may receive de-identified medical information only after approval from the Institutional Review and Scientific Advisory Boards.

Researchers who request and obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board and the Scientific Advisory Board will be able to use the research sample.

Samples stored in the clinical bank will be used solely for health care purposes. These samples will remain available for future genetic testing if requested by your health care team for you or your blood relatives.

Learn how you can make an impact

What is a
biobank?

A biobank is a collection of biological samples and health information for future research studies to improve our understanding of health and disease.

How can my sample help researchers?

Sanford BioBank serves as a useful resource for researchers on a local and national level. Researchers who obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board and the Scientific Advisory Board will be able to use your sample.

How can my sample help me and my family?

Samples stored in the clinical bank will be used solely for health care purposes. These samples will remain available for future genetic testing for you or your blood relatives.

BioBank Leadership

Dr. Chan oversees the Sanford BioBank. He received a doctorate in developmental neurobiology at University College London and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. His postdoctoral fellowship was completed at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Chun-Hung Chan, PhD
Executive Director of Biobanking and Genomic Technologies

Jessica oversees enrollment for the Sanford BioBank and assists in the creation of clinical research protocols and consents. She also prepares documentation for multi site trials and maintains regulatory compliance.

Jessica completed her bachelor’s in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, and also received a master’s in business administration from the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jessica Vandermark, MBA, BS, CCRP
Enterprise Director of Clinical Operations at Sanford Biobank