In February 2010, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was awarded a $1million Oracle Giving Commitment Grant to develop the world’s first virtual breast tissue bank. This online resource will break barriers in the research world, eliminating the need for costly infrastructure and engaging top scientists from every corner of the globe in finding a cure for breast cancer
Thanks to Oracle’s generous funding and expertise in Life Science platforms, the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center is transforming its collection of healthy breast tissue specimens into an online atlas of the normal human breast. Viewable under a virtual microscope and annotated with commentary by globally preeminent breast pathologists, researchers around the world will be able to test their theories before investing time and financial resources into a full scientific investigation. The Komen Tissue Bank Team estimates several thousand researchers will access this unprecedented resource once the virtual bank is completed
Thank you, Oracle Giving and Safra Catz, for supporting this collaborative, innovative effort to end breast cancer! Together, we are accelerating breast cancer research advancements worldwide.
Read the public announcement made on April 21, 2010 at:
Komen Tissue Bank Overview:
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue
Bank is the only healthy breast tissue biorepository in existence. The
Komen Tissue Bank provides critical insights into the development of
breast cancer by facilitating the comparison of healthy and diseased
tissue. Understanding how cancer develops in normal, healthy breasts
enables scientists to advance prevention methods quickly.
As the only normal breast tissue bio-repository in the world, the Susan
G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank currently maintains a collection of
tissue specimens from more than 1,000 volunteer donors, collecting at a
rate of 500 new donors per year.
To learn more about the Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center please