Parution : 10/2018
Editeur : Springer
ISBN : 978-3-3199-0562-4
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Public regulation of tumor banks

Establishment, Heritage Status, Development and Sharing of Human Biological Samples

Sous la direction de Xavier Bioy

Présentation de l'éditeur

The multidisciplinary book assesses the legal and economic uncertainties surrounding the collection, storage, provision and economic development of biological samples (tumors, tissues, cells) and associated personal data related to oncology. Public, partly public and private sector actors in the field of cancer care and research hold collections supported by significant public and social funding. Under certain conditions, particularly in the context of networking (sometimes promoted by public authorities), these collections can also represent major economic assets and scientific resources. However, this involves a number of issues and institutional constraints: 

  • legal: the will of the source person; non-pecuniary damage; freedom to establish collections; competence in deciding on their use; legal frameworks for their distribution; desire for return on investment for public institutions, notably in terms of industrial and intellectual property.
  • economic: cost of establishing and running biological resource centres; destroying resources; emerging markets; profit sharing.
  • public health policy choices: prioritisation of therapeutic measures over research (fundamental or clinical trials); conservation of resources; promotion of scientific (and not commercial) value of collections.

 The establishment, heritage recognition (“patrimonialisation”), development and sharing of these resources thus merit our calling into question present practices and their evolution, as well as the leverage available to public authorities (incentives, legislation, regulation) in a context where norms emerge from professional practice to become widely used in collaborative networks.

Filling a gap in the current literature on law and economics, which pays little heed to these specific considerations, this book explores these considerations to bring to light the economic implications of ethical choices and governance issues in the health sector (structural organisation of local, national and European actors in oncology).

It is intended for researchers in fields such as law, economics and biomedical sciences, as well as for public policymakers.



Xavier Bioy, Is Putting Cancer in Banks a Patrimony To Be Developed ?, p. 3-7

Thibaut Coussens-Barre, Biological Samples and Their Sampling Degrees, p. 9-17

Emilie Debaets, Personal Data Protection in Tumor Banks, p. 19-29

Paul Hofman, The Policies of Tumor Biobankers: Main Strategies and an Example of the Policies Adopted by the Nice Hospital Biobank, France, p. 31-39

Anne Brouchet (et al.), The Concept of Biological Samples Collection, p. 41-50

Anna Pigeon, Does Tumor Bank Regulation Promote the Valorization of Tumor Collections ?, p. 51-62

Catherine Bobtcheff (et al.), Economic Modeling and Valorization of Biobanks, p. 63-72

Fabien Milanovic, Socializing Tumors: From the Conservation of Tumors in Banks to Their Ontological Variations, p. 73-84

Emmanuelle Rial-Sebbag, The Valorization of Tumor Collections: Reconciling the Interests of the Different Actors, p. 87-97

Nathalie Grove-Valdeyron, The Development of Tumor Collections: The Interest of the European Union, p. 99-110

Anne-Marie Duguet (et al.), Academic Valorization of Biobanks, p. 113-125

Laurent Izac, Commercialization Through the Use of Private Law Contracts, p. 127-140

Yann Joly (et al.), The Governance Framework of North American Biobanks: A Rapidly Evolving Policy Patchwork, p. 141-164

Catherine Bobtcheff (et al.), Biobank Expertise and the Research Unit-Biobank Relationship, p. 165-174

Sophie Paricard, Extra-Patrimoniality for the Patient, p. 175-181

Marie-Xavière Catto, The Moment of Patrimonialization, p. 183-200

Benoît Schmaltz (et al.), The Patrimonial Specificities of Public Persons, p. 201-210

Christine Noiville (et al.), Biological Sample Collection in the Era of Genomic Medicine: A New Example of a Public Commons ?, p. 211-221

233 pages.  137 €