IT Services for biobanks and samples



BBMRI-ERIC IT Services for biobanks and sample/data collections include:
– Directory (collecting information about biobanks and their sample/data collections
– Negotiator (facilitating communication between researchers requesting samples/data from biobanks)
– Bibbox (toolbox for biobanks, open-source software)
– MIABIS 2.0 (Community standard for sharing information about biobanks)

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DNA Bank

Provided by GENETHON


Genethon’s DNA and Cell Bank is to promote advances in genetic research by providing the scientific community with a high quality cell and human tissue products resource.
Europe’s leading bank for genetic diseases, it serves the whole of the medical and scientific community.
Genethon has an imaging platform capable of generating and collecting all the clinical data which allow the evaluation of the efficiency, the toxicity and the side effects of the gene therapy product.

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Cell automated amplification

Provided by I-STEM


We have developed at I-Stem a fully automated bioproduction platform for research applications (non-GMP) based on the use of CompacT SelecT technology for the amplification and differentiation of hPSCs under feeder-free adherent culture conditions. Process performance and variability are monitored throughout scale out to prevent deviations from specification limits. Cell suspensions are automatically dispensed into cryovials (Fill-it) and frozen using a controlled-rate freezing equipment chamber (Cryomed). Importantly, all cell banks undergo appropriate quality testing according to international guidelines – such as phenotypic characterization, genomic stability and microbiological testing – to ensure they meet release criteria.

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central compound collection for screening



Chembionet provides chemists with bioprofiles for their unique synthetic molecules and biologists developing unique assay systems, with access to high throughput technologies to identify compounds useful for dosage dependent, temporally or locally controlled interference with biological functions.

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Sample catalogue

Provided by RD CONNECT

RD Connect

RDConnect Sample Catalogue helps them browse and find biosamples from rare disease patients, such as blood and DNA, which they might use and re-use for research. The Sample Catalogue lets the researchers find detailed information on individual samples stored in rare disease biobanks and provides information about the available biomaterials, such as primary cells, tissue, DNA, serum, RNA, cell lines and others. The Sample Catalogue is open to all users free of charge and contains essential information and links to the biobanks where the sample is located to facilitate requesting the samples.

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Sample management


Ciberer Biobank

CIBERER BIOBANK (CBK) is a public and non-profit-making biological sample repository which centralices the reception of samples connected with rare diseases. It is a CIBERER initiative and it is located at the FISABIO-Salud Pública (FISABIO-CSISP) in Valencia, Spain.

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The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) offer the following services:
– Authentication – DNA profiling and barcoding
– Bespoke cell culture services
– Cell culture training
– DNA extraction
– RNA extraction
– Human genetic services
– Mycoplasma testing
– Sterility testing

The National Collection ofType Cultures (NCTC) offer the following services:
– Freeze-drying service to customers who wish to have their own bacterial or fungal cultures preserved, with their properties maintained

Furthermore, the NCTC and ECACC offer the following additional services:
– Patent deposits: for the deposit of pathogenic bacteria, cell lines and viruses for the purposes of patenting under the Budapest Treaty.
– Safe deposits: for secure, confidential, secondary storage facility for your valuable microbial and viral seed stocks or cell bank

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Scientific Services available from DSMZ:

– Services Microorganisms:
Biochemical Analyses
Bioinformatic Services
Microbiological Analyses
Reference Material for Research Purposes

– Services Human and Animal Cell Lines:
Animal Cell Line Species Testing
Authentication of Human Cell Lines
Mycoplasma Detection
Mycoplasma Elimination
Online STR Analysis
Virus Testing

– Services Plant Viruses:
Plant Virus Diagnosis
Plant Virus Disease Clinic

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The EuMMCR (European Mouse Mutant cell Repository) is the mouse ES cell distribution unit in Europe. The EuMMCR has been founded as distribution unit of EUCOMM (European Mouse Mutagenesis Program) and is located at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt GmbH in Munich, Germany. The EuMMCR unit distributes targeting vectors and mutant ES cell lines produced in the EUCOMM and EUCOMMTOOLS consortia.

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) line services

Provided by European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC)

The European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) is dedicated to provision of high quality, well characterised iPSC line services to support you with your iPSC research.
EBiSC has a wealth of experience and an established network of clinicians, ethicists and renowned scientists. Expert support for accelerating research activities including:

– iPSC reprogramming: Generate new iPSC lines from selected biosamples
– iPSC gene editing: Generate iPSCs with the genotype of your choice, qualified to industry standards.
– iPSC banking and quality control – Characterise and qualify your iPSC lines at industry standards
– Sourcing tissue and data from disease relevant patient cohorts
– Translating your iPSC protocols to upscaled automative approaches and generating iPSCs in bulk
– Advising on common ethical, legal and scientific pitfalls in the context of iPSC generation and possible solutions.

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