Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Advance Scientific Collaboration in Tampa’s Water Street District

The biodeposit enhances the study of human tissue and cancer research, leading to discoveries in the laboratory and new treatments for patients.

TAMPA, Florida., October 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and USF Health Announce the Opening of TGH | USF Health Precision Medicine Biodepot. The Health Precision Medicine Biorepository is a secure facility that collects, catalogs and stores samples of biological material for medical research.

“The biodepot will foster cutting-edge scientific collaboration with USF Health Morsani College of Medicine which provides new cutting-edge technology and innovative care for our patients. The addition of the biodepot further elevates our cancer institute program as a key anchor in the Tampa Medical and Research District that will continue to attract renowned physicians and technology partners,” said Jean Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. Covering the Tampa metropolitan area, medical and research district enables forward-looking institutions to create, develop and improve the overall health and health equity of the Tampa Bay region and the whole state.

A biorepository is like a high-tech library where researchers, doctors, and scientists can access donated samples and related data for scientific study. Patients authorize wide experimental use of their donated samples, and to protect patient privacy, all genomic data is securely stored and shared only with other secure systems.

“USF Health and Tampa General continue to expand their alliance to provide cutting-edge healthcare and innovative research for the Tampa Bay region and beyond,” said Dr. Charles Lockwood, executive vice president of USF Health and dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “Our work through the biodepot enables better collaboration between researchers and clinical teams, to facilitate clinical and translational research projects.” The goal of translational research is to translate basic scientific discoveries into practice more quickly and efficiently.

“The Biodepot connects surgical laboratory research investigators at USF and beyond with active clinical programs at the TGH Cancer Institute to learn how genetics, lifestyle, and the environment affect health in order to improve our treatments. and prevent disease,” said Dr. Matthew AndersonProfessor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Associate Director of Shared Resources, TGH Cancer Institute.

Biorepositories advance scientific research in several ways, including sharing data for sequencing cancerous tumors – learning the exact order of chemical elements that make up a tumor’s DNA and lead to tumor formation.

“The TGH-USF Health Precision Medicine Biorepository is a key piece of infrastructure that powers major academic medical centers like Tampa General and USF Health,” said Dr. Eduardo M. Sotomayor, director of the TGH Cancer Institute. “It enables the scanning, tracking and management of individual samples as they enter and leave the biodeposit facility, creating a robust inventory management system for the entire TGH Cancer Institute team and researchers in USF cancer surgery.

In addition to sequencing, the TGH-USF Health Precision Medicine Biorepository allows experimental work in the field of precision medicine or pharmacogenomics. Precision medicine uses information specific to a patient’s genes or proteins to prevent, diagnose or treat disease. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genetic mutations and patient DNA can affect how a patient responds to medications, including cancer treatments.

“DNA sequencing and pharmacogenomics (how genes affect a patient’s response to drugs) are two expanding areas of cancer research,” said Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, senior vice-president and director of the TGH Cancer Institute. “Sequencing provides us with the keys to unlock the genomics or DNA of cancerous tumors. Pharmacogenomics helps us tailor more effective and safer cancer treatments for our patients.”

The samples are stored in an ultra-cold cryogenic depot which has been specifically developed for the biodeposit. It is accessible to researchers conducting a variety of scientific projects in several medical specialties, including those at the TGH Cancer Institute and USF Health working to advance cancer treatment and care.

The biodepot is located at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, 560 Channelside Drive downtown Tampa. The building also includes a TGH and USF Health urgent care center, as well as an executive wellness program in conjunction with USF Health.

The biodepot was made possible in part by a grant from the Bruemmer Women’s Leadership Circle (BLC) of the TGH Foundation. The philanthropic group supports various hospital programs and initiatives throughout the year and is enthusiastic about supporting healthcare and the community.

For more information on the TGH Cancer Institute, visit www.tgh.org/cancer.


Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-bed nonprofit academic medical center, is one of America’s largest hospitals and provides world-class care as the region’s only trauma center. level I and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the market’s highest-ranked hospital in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2022-23, and is the third-highest-ranked hospital in Floridawith seven specialties ranked among the best programs of United States. Tampa General Hospital was named a Model of Excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative list of Top 100 Hospitals. The University Medical Center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings – first nationally in America’s Top Employers for Women 2022 and sixth on Florida’s 100 Companies in the America’s Best Employers 2022 by State. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2021 provided net community benefit worth more than $224.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and the primary teaching hospital for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports seriously injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General is home to a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed neuroscience and critical care unit is the largest on the west coast of Florida. It also houses the 82-bed Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group primary care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health, and 21 TGH Imaging powered by Tower Ambulatory Radiology Centers Hillsborough, Not co, pinelles and palm beach counties. Tampa Bay Area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care network of clinics powered by Fast Track, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track. As one of the largest hospitals in the nation, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that provides real-time situational awareness to improve and better coordinate patient care at lower cost. For more information, visit www.tgh.org.


USF Health’s mission is to imagine and implement the future of healthcare. It is the partnership of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, Taneja College of Pharmacy, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Curriculum graduate and postdoctoral fellowships in biomedical sciences and USF Health. group of multi-specialist physicians. The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the nation has moved up the U.S. News & World Report National University Rankings faster than USF. For more information, visit health.usf.edu.

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