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 able to screen, consent, collect, and distribute excess clinical tissue and matched biofluids from surgical procedures. BioNet also supports biopsy procurement for clinical trials from Interventional Radiology.

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

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

    Services provided:


    Email [email protected] and [email protected]


    BioNet operations cover operating rooms in three medical centers: University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC)Fairview Riverside Hospital, and M Health Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC). For clinical trial support, BioNet operations cover Interventional Radiology in UMMC East Bank hospital. 

    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])