About Biobanking
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About Biobanking

Biobanks are collections of biological samples and their associated data, organised in a structured, readily analysable format. Academic biobanks for medical research typically contain tissue samples, blood and other body fluids, as well as cells and DNA samples of human origin. As research data from these samples can be linked with data from medical records, environmental exposure, lifestyle information and other medically relevant information, biobanks are considered invaluable resources for medical research. Interoperability of biobanks is essential to faciliate international collaboration. In many cases industrial and academic scientists need to be able to pool and exchange relevant information held in other similar repositories. This is needed to reach the required statistical power or to compare research data generated from different populations.


Biobanks and their infrastructures hold key resources to:

>> Understand gene-environmental/lifestyle interaction

>> Unravel the molecular basis of disease subtypes and enable personalised medicine

>> Develop biomarkers

>> Identify new targets for therapy

>> Boost development in drug discovery