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Pathology & Specimen Processing

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Penn State College of Medicine offers a variety of services in pathology and specimen processing, including the Clinical Research Biospecimen Core, opened in 2016.

Other resources include a biorepository and tissue bank co-managed between the Institute for Personalized Medicine and the Cancer Institute, as well as human and animal pathology expertise.


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Clinical Research Biospecimen Core

The mission of Penn State College of Medicine's Clinical Research Biospecimen Core is to provide a centralized service for the processing and distribution of human subject research samples for all clinical research activities at the College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


The Clinical Research Biospecimen Core will perform all of the basic activities necessary to process and ship clinical research specimens for Penn State College of Medicine investigators.

Sample processing services will include separation, extraction and short-term storage (refrigeration and/or freezing) of the samples prior to distribution. Services and expertise will be available to provide complex processing as well.

This core also serves as a central location for all researchers to ship samples to outside central laboratories for extramurally sponsored trials and investigator-sponsored research.


Penn State College of Medicine's Clinical Research Biospecimen Core has two goals:

  • First, by providing a centralized core service dedicated solely to this purpose, the core will help internal Penn State investigators to more effectively and efficiently conduct their human subject research efforts, and to budget for such efforts.
  • Additionally, by providing a centralized service for clinical research sample handling, the core seeks to attract more external collaborators and extramural research sponsors thanks to more favorable study contract pricing.

Contact Us

For details on the Clinical Research Biospecimen Core, email Susan George, Research Technologist, at or call 717-531-0003, ext. 286309.