The Victorian Cancer Biobank has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Melbourne Awards, in the Knowledge and Innovation category.

The Victorian Cancer Biobank (VCB) is one of the largest cancer biobanks in Australia, conducting vital work in ethically collecting biospecimens, tissue, blood, and clinical data for research studies and clinical trials.

It is a collaboration between Cancer Council Victoria and Victorian healthcare institutions, including The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Austin Health, Eastern Health and Monash Health.

With more than 450,000 biospecimens, shared by more than 19,000 Victorians undergoing cancer and other surgery, the Biobank plays a critical role for researchers, enabling them to make world-class discoveries and accelerate cancer research for the development of improved patient diagnostics, treatments and prevention strategies.

Thank you to all those involved in supporting the Peter Mac Tissue Bank, allowing us to contribute to the great work of the VCB, and a special thank you to the donors, whose generosity in donating tissue and blood, makes all this possible.

The winners of the Melbourne Awards will be announced at 2pm on Saturday 13 November, as part of a special television broadcast on Channel 9.