List of biobanks

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A biobank is a physical place which stores biobank specimens. In some cases, participant data is also collected and stored. Access policies details may vary across biobanks but generally involve obtaining ethics approval from institutional review boards and scientific review or peer review approval from the institutions under which the biobanks operate as well as Ethics approval from the institutions where the research projects will be undertaken. The samples and data are safeguarded so that researchers can use them in experiments deemed adequate. This page contains a list of biobanks.


Biobanks can be classified in several ways. Some examples of how they can be classified is by their controlling entity (government, commercial enterprise, or private research institution), by their geographical location, or by what sorts of samples they collect.

Biobanks may be classified by purpose or design. Disease-oriented biobanks usually have a hospital affiliation through which they collect samples representing a variety of diseases, perhaps to look for biomarkers affiliated with disease.[1] Population-based biobanks need no particular hospital affiliation because they sample from large numbers of all kinds of people, perhaps to look for biomarkers for disease susceptibility in a general population.[2]

List of biobanks
Biobank Affiliation Type Continent Founding Notes
Alberta Cancer Research Biobank Alberta Health Services non-profit North America 2010
Alberta Prostate Cancer Biorepository APCaRI non-profit North America 2014
Auria Biopankki University of Turku non-profit Europe 2015
Akateeminen Lääketiedekeskus Helsinki (AMCH) Biopankki HUSLAB non-profit Europe 2015
Autism Genetic Resource Exchange Autism Speaks non-profit North America and Asia
Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children University of Bristol non-profit Europe 1990 [3][4]
BC Children's Hospital Biobank BC CHildren's Hospital non-profit North America 2014
BioBank Japan University of Tokyo non-profit Asia 2003
BioGene Careggi University Hospital non-profit Europe 2008
Canadian Biosample Repository University of Alberta non-profit North America
CARTaGENE biobank Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine non-profit North America 2009 [5][6]
EuroBioBank network non-profit Europe
Cell&Co Biorepository company commercial Europe 2012
Cooperative Human Tissue Network network government North America 1987
DeCODE genetics company commercial Europe [7]
Estonian Genome Project University of Tartu non-profit Europe 2000
Generation Scotland NHS Scotland government Europe 1999 [8][9]
Helsingin Urologinen Biopankki Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM IHUS non-profit Europe 2015
HUNT Biobank Norwegian University of Science and Technology non-profit Europe 2002
Human Tissue Resource Network Ohio State University non-profit North America 1975 [10]
Institutional Biobank of Lausanne University Hospital of Lausanne and University of Lausanne non-profit Europe 2013 [11][12][13]
IBBL (Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg) Public institution non-profit Europe 2008
Itä-Suomen Biopankki Pohjois-Savon Sairaanhoitopiiri KSSHP non-profit Europe 2015
Keski-Suomen Biopankki Keski-Suomen Sairaanhoitopiiri KSSHP and University of Jyvaskylä non-profit Europe 2015
nPOD (Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes) University of Florida, JDRF non-profit North America 2007 [14]
PATH Biobank foundation non-profit Europe 2002
Pohjois-Suomen biopankki Borealis Pohjois-Pohjanmaan sairaanhoitopiiri PPSHP etc. non-profit Europe 2015
Suomen Hematologinen Rekisteri ja Biopankki FHRB Finnish Hematology Association (SHY) etc. non-profit Europe 2015
Tampereen Biopankki FCBT Pirkanmaan sairaanhoitopiiri non-profit Europe 2015
THL Biopankki National Institute for Health and Welfare Finland non-profit Europe 2015
Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization Tohoku University non-profit Asia 2012
Tumor Tissue Repository non-profit North America - Canada 2004
UK Biobank private institution non-profit Europe 2006
UMass Cancer Center Tissue and Tumor Bank University of Massachusetts Medical School non-profit North America 2005


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  11. ^ (in French) Biobanque institutionnelle de Lausanne, (page visited on 16 November 2014).
  12. ^ (in French) Olivier Dessibourg, « Au CHUV, une nouvelle biobanque unique en Europe », Le Temps, Thursday 13 December 2012 (page visited on 16 November 2014).
  13. ^ Swiss Biobanking Platform (page visited on 14 December 2015).
  14. ^ "JDRF nPOD | Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes". Retrieved 2016-09-22. 

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