OpenSpecimen Tracking

OpenSpecimen is a Biospecimen Information Management System that is a scalable solution for a biorepository which meets the needs of a broad group of investigators and biobanks. 


At Johns Hopkins, OpenSpecimen is currently used in multiple departments, including several Precision Medicine Centers of Excellence (PMCOE).


We Offer

  • Annotation of research and clinical data
  • Specimen Information Interfaced with Precision Medicine
  • Query capability
  • Specimen and Derivative Tracking
  • Specimen Event Tracking
  • Epic Patient Lookup-Enabled
  • Bulk Load Capability for Legacy Data
  • Security (Enterprise Servers/JHED Login)
  • Open Source with strong user community
  • Extensible Architecture for Future Interfaces
  • Considered a “Tier A” best practice for storing biospecimen metadata including PHI by the Data Trust’s Research Sub-council
  • Support from the ICTR



Fee Schedule – effective July 1, 2021


Annual Reports




OpenSpecimen Service Handout


If you are interested in using OpenSpecimen at Johns Hopkins, please contact Bob Lange at