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The Gundersen Foundation Cancer Biobank is a repository of tissue and blood biospecimens from more than 20,000 cancer patients. Each is linked to anonymous pathology and clinical records. The Biobank is inspected and accredited by the College of American Pathologists and all biospecimen collection protocols are approved by the Gundersen Human Subjects Committee/Institutional Review Board.

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Accessing Cancer Biospecimens

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Biobank Organization

Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor tissue

The Biobank houses formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumors from 20,000 cancer patients and another 1,000 samples are added annually.

Flash-frozen biospecimens

Our Biobank stores tissue biospecimens frozen in liquid nitrogen within minutes of surgical removal from cancer patients. Patient-matched serum and viable leukocytes are also available for all solid tumor specimens.


The Biobank’s database contains clinical and pathology metrics associated with all biospecimens and incorporates deidentified information from the electronic medical record and cancer registry.

Research collaborations

Gundersen Medical Foundation researchers use specimens from the Biobank to find new diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets. We also make these specimens available to scientists around the world.

Biobank personnel

Scientific Director Paraic A. Kenny, PhD

Lab Manager Craig Richmond, PhD 

Email Dr. Kenny Email Dr. Richmond

Our location

Health Science Center

1300 Badger St., 5th floor

La Crosse, WI 54601

Contact the Biobank

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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