Market-driven production of biospecimens and the role of NHS hospital-led biobanks

Timmons, Stephen and Vezyridis, Paraskevas (2017) Market-driven production of biospecimens and the role of NHS hospital-led biobanks. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39 (7). pp. 1242-1257. ISSN 1467-9566

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Abstract

Biobanks are vital for biospecimen production in research, despite the regulatory, recruitment and commercial difficulties they face. We conducted interviews with clinicians, researchers, volunteers who recruit biobank participants, regulators and NHS managers about the integration of a biobank into an NHS hospital. We show that medical waste collected for biomedical research acquires its socio-ethical and economic value from the level of integration (both technologically and organisationally) of the biobank into the NHS hospital. There is extensive investment in a range of intellectual and commercial relationships and labour among stakeholders involved in the production of biospecimens. It is not only the boundaries of research, clinical care and commercialisation of biospecimens that blur but also those of volunteerism and citizenship. Hospital-led biobanks provide an opportunity to study the intertwining of biomedical innovation and healthcare.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Timmons, S. and Vezyridis, P. (2017), Market-driven production of biospecimens and the role of NHS hospital-led biobanks. Sociol Health Illn. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12584 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12584/full This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Biobank, Volunteers, NHS hospital, Market, Bioresource
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9566.12584
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 14:13
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 21:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42531

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