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Medical University of Graz

About Biobank Graz

Biobank Graz

  • is a central research facility of Medical University of Graz
  • is a publicly-owned non-profit organisation supported by public funds collects,
  • is one of the largest clinical biobanks in Europe is actively integrated into biobanking networks (BBMRI.at, BBMRI-ERIC, ISBER, ESBB).
  • processes, stores and distributes human biological samples and their associated data
  • provides logistics and infrastructure for optimal support of biomedical research worldwide
  • offers samples, data and services for academic, industrial as well as cooperative research
  • runs database systems in accordance with data protection policies and legislation protecting donor rights
  • has been awarded “Research Biobank of the Year” (ESBB, 2014) and "Best European Academic Biobank 2016" (International Life Science Awards 2016)
  • pays particular attention to sample and data quality and to the protection of individual rights of donors
  • is ISO 9001:2015 certified

The mission

Biobank Graz supplies high quality clinically annotated human samples to researchers in academic and commercial institutions to foster medically relevant research discoveries and improve treatment options.

The core values

Reliability & Trust – Transparent and ethically approved use of donors’ specimens in biomedical research

Diversity – Delivery of high quality human samples from a large variety of diseases

Innovation – Centralized access based on automated handling and storing of samples

Knowledge transfer – Teaching and training the next generation of biobankers

The goals

  • Integration of existing and future collection initiatives within a joint, interdisciplinary biobank for a cooperative and competitive use of resources
  • Support of academic, industrial and cooperative research fostering the development of biomarkers and the improvement of diagnostics and therapies
  • Ensuring that operations of Biobank Graz database systems are in accordance with data protection regulations and legislation
  • Adjustment of the implemented Biobank Graz quality standards for sample/data collection to ensure highest quality
  • Active participation of Biobank Graz in pan-European as well as international biobanking Networks
  • VMC Moodle
  • Forschungportal
  • MEDonline
  • Library