The Ontario Tumour Bank (OTB) is a not-for-profit program recovering only a portion of its operating costs through user access fees.

Not-for-profit and government-funded researchers worldwide benefit from highly subsidized rates. By reducing cost as a barrier to access, OTB can better fulfil its mandate to support cancer research.

The access fees charged to this category of researchers are below cost, with Ontario academic researchers receiving the deepest discount. In general, academic researchers remit an estimated 10-40 per cent of the average cost of collection, with OTB covering the remainder of the cost. This is made possible through OTB’s core funding provided through the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Access fees charged to commercially-funded and industry researchers are not subsidized.

Academic Fees

Did you know? OTB subsidizes academic research worldwide through subsidized material access fees.

As of September 4, 2014, to support local research even more, OTB cut its access fees to Ontario academic researchers even further by 50 per cent off previous rates.

Sample Access Fees*:

  • Basic data and blood ranges from $15-$65/donor
  • Basic data and frozen tissue ranges from $30-$95/donor
  • Full data and frozen tissue ranges from $53-$140/donor
*Final cost is dependent on researcher category, location, and type of materials. Please contact the OTB directly for more information or a detailed quote customized to your research needs.

Industry Fees

Final cost is dependent on researcher category, location, and type of materials. Access fees charged to commercially-funded and industry researchers are not subsidized. Please contact the OTB directly for a detailed quote customized to your research needs.

Did you know? OTB can provide detailed quotes and/or letters of understanding in support of funding applications. Please email tumourbank@oicr.on.ca for further information.