NCRI Confederation of Cancer Biobanks

The NCRI CCB was set up in 2006 to promote and disseminate consensus on best practices for biobanks, provide advice and mutual support to biobanks, and to promote networking between biobanks by developing procedures and practices that facilitate the sharing of resources.


For more information please contact Helen Pitman, 

CCB Chair, Professor Andy Hall

Andy has recently retired from Newcastle University, where he was an Associate Dean with responsibility for bioresources.

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Andy speaks about the CM-Path Biobanking initiative: “during my career as a translational scientist I came to appreciate the need to access good quality samples from patients as these gave information about disease mechanisms not available by other means- such as animal models and cell lines. This lead to an interest in developing high quality biobanks, working with the Confederation of Cancer Biobanks- now part of the CM- Path initiative. I am very optimistic that over the next few years CM-Path will support access to samples by facilitating the sharing of best practice in the sector.”

CCB Steering Group

Jane HairDr Jane Hair

Professor Valerie Speirs, University of AberdeenVal Speirs Headshot

RaffaDr Raffaella Tate, Consumer Representative


Professor Gareth Thomas, University of Southampton