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Become a partner

Do you operate a biobank and are interested in becoming a partner of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) coordinated by the German Biobank Node (GBN)? As a partner in our alliance, you benefit from an IT connection to GBA’s Sample Locator (a decentralised sample search), quality management offers, and an intensive experience exchange with other network partners. In 2020, GBN accepts applications between 15 January to 31 March.

Advantages of GBA

Under the GBN umbrella, 18 biobank sites and two IT development centres work together within the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) to facilitate access to the biospecimens available at different biobanks for (inter)national biomedical research. Our mission statement outlining the fundamental principles, values and aims of this cooperation can be viewed here.

GBA partner biobanks can participate in ring trials and internal “friendly audits” as well as receive extensive advice on QM and IT matters. The Sample Locator, a decentralised online search (samplelocator.bbmri.de), allows researchers to locate biosamples and related data far more easily. This enhances the visibility of the biobanks we represent. Alliance partners benefit from the exchange with fellow partners during internal workshops and training courses as well as from the strong representation of their interests within the alliance. In addition, the stakeholder management and public relations offers yield many advantages for GBA biobanks. Last but not least, the alliance enables participation in collaborative projects.

Criteria for partner biobanks

If your biobank meets certain criteria, it can get involved as a GBA partner. One of the basic requirements is a willingness to make biosamples and related data available for research projects outside of your institution. Your biobank should also have an established quality management system – our QM handbook provides an excellent guide here. Other important factors for admission to the alliance include sufficient IT resources and the possibility to install and operate a “bridgehead” locally, which allows a connection to the online sample search across all biobanks. Furthermore, applicant biobanks should be represented in the German Biobank Directory. The inclusion of commercial biobanks in GBA is not planned at the moment.

Organisational matters

Should you be interested in a partnership and your biobank largely meets the above criteria, you can apply to join the alliance. The round of applications for the year 2020 runs from 15 January to 31 March 2020.

The application process is as follows:

  1. You complete our questionnaire and submit it by e-mail to germanbiobanknode@remove-this.charite.de in due time.
  2. We will discuss your application with you by phone in order to clarify any open questions.
  3. If necessary, we will arrange an appointment at your biobank in order to obtain more detailed information.
  4. Based on all available information, the Steering Committee will decide which biobanks are to be accepted into the German Biobank Alliance.

The information you provide will of course be treated in the strictest confidence – see our privacy policy for full details.

The inclusion of your biobank in the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) is not linked to any funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or any other funders. While admission to the GBA itself is free, costs may arise for your biobank as a result of your membership (e.g. travel expenses for your participation in workshops).

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions, either via email (germanbiobanknode@charite.de) or by telephone (+49 30 450 – 536 347).



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