Specimen Procurement (BioNet)

The Biological Materials Procurement Network (BioNet) helps researchers prospectively procure high-quality human specimens while ensuring patient care and confidentiality.

BioNet is an IRB-approved, centralized human specimen procurement program at the University of Minnesota. BioNet works hand-in-hand with Anatomic Pathology to:

  • Ensure patients properly consent for research
  • Assist/expedite the transport of tissues from procedure rooms directly to Pathology
  • Ensure specimens are properly documented for research after diagnostic needs are met by Pathology
  • Process research specimens in a high-quality, consistent manner

    Services provided:


    BioNet operations currently cover three medical centers: University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC)Fairview Riverside Hospital, and M Health Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC). Most specimen processing takes place in the Pathology Gross Rooms, which are in close proximity to procedure rooms. This is ideal for the rapid retrieval and processing of specimens.

    BioNet staff offices are located in C338 Mayo Building.


    Jenny Pham, PhD
    Program Director, Biorepository and Laboratory Services
    [email protected]

    Melissa Hansen
    CTSI Research Navigator
    [email protected]
    612-625-CTSI (2874)

    For information about accessing archival diagnostic FFPE material, contact the Anatomic Pathology Research Coordinator ([email protected])