Project title TBBTU: Platform for the Intelligent Management of Tumor Samples within the Internet of Things
Identification INNOVA-A1-88/11
Funding entity Department of Industry and Innovation, Government of Aragon
Organizations involved Infozara S. L., Grupo B90: Research Group of Anatomy and Comparative Pathology from the Zaragoza University
Duration From 15th June 2011 to 15th October 2012
Project cost 120,000.00 EUR
The TBBTU project's -Platform for the Intelligent Management of Tumor Samples within the Internet of Things- main objective is
to adapt the TechBioBank tool to the management of tumor biobanks, tool currently operating for managing liquid samples collections of human origin and chosen for the computerized management of the biobank as support of the research project Aragon Workers Health Study -AWHS,
with the secondary objective of serving the Biomedical Research on Comparative Anatomy, and the Biomedical Research in general.
The TBBTU tool will feature the following innovations:
1. Management of events, in place of data management.
2. Data provenance, which is a deeper understanding of the simple trace of a data, which implies the possibility of repeating the way how the data was obtained; property very required in scientific research.
3. Federated management of collections under a common governance model.
4. Management of samples of different nature (liquid or solid) and provenance (animal or human) in the field of the same collection.
5. Exploitation, in the form of Emergent Intelligence, through the operating module.
These features will allow, for example, the comparison between the evolution of human cancer and animal cancer, providing solutions and new technologies to promote collaborative research and sharing of results between research groups.
Managing of events is determined by the map of process and protocols, -other than those applied in the treatment of human samples- that a biobank must have defined in its quality model. Therefore, the greatest challenges in the development of this project are
the federated construction of protocols (which determines the types of events) which allows to compare research results with animal samples, with those obtained with human samples
the coexistence in the scope of the same collection of different protocols associated to the same process, to manage different type samples (for example, DNA and tumor tissue) in the same collection.