Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank

The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank (BCNTB) is the UK’s first ever national breast cancer tissue bank and provides high-quality, biomaterials and data from breast cancer patients and individuals without breast cancer. The BCNTB provides the breadth of materials needed for breast cancer research, ranging from serum samples, through frozen and fixed tissue samples to isolated breast cell populations. We help the research community to raise the standard of breast cancer research and facilitate the coordinated translation of scientific findings into the clinical setting. Breast Cancer Now provides funding to five leading research institutions to run the BCNTB. All centres (listed below) are licensed by the Human Tissue Authority: • The University of Leeds • Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London • The University of Nottingham • The University of Sheffield • University of Southampton.


  • Access to the full pathology archive
  • Cell culture
  • Data analytics
  • Digital imaging
  • Immunohistochemistry - staining
  • Tissue micro array creation
  • Nucleic acid extraction

Existing samples:

  • Malignant tumour of breast

Bespoke collection capabilities:

  • Malignant tumour of breast

Contact Information


Fifth Floor
Ibex House
42-47 Minories

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
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