The National Institutes of Health plans to award a five-year, $142 million contract to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to establish the world’s largest research-cohort biobank, in support of a national research study of 1 million or more Americans as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

The Mayo Clinic’s biobank will have the responsibility of putting in place state-of-the-art methods and technologies for sample collection, processing, handling, management, storage and providing all support services needed for biospecimen collection for the participants in the PMI cohort program. Mayo will provide the infrastructure to store, analyze and make available to researchers more than 35 million biospecimens and associated data using laboratory automation and robotics for efficient processing and retrieval.

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