German Biobank Alliance

Centralised Biomaterial Bank of the RWTH Aachen University

Clinical Biobank, Tissue Biobank, Liquid Biobank

About us

The RWTH cBMB is the central Biomaterial Bank (cBMB) of the University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen – a maximum care hospital with 33 clinics and 25 institutes. cBMB collects and processes a wide variety of biospecimens such as blood, urine and tissue with the application of high-quality standards.

cBMB aims to support research projects focussing on oncological, cardiological and neurological diseases.

255.586 aliquots and 74.488 samples (as of September 2021) are currently stored in liquid nitrogen tanks or -80 °C freezers. cBMB's strict quality management system ensures optimal processes, from semi-automated sample processing through storage to reprocessing and output for research purposes, in compliance with all data protection guidelines. It is supported by a central biosample management system (CentraXX) as well as its own IT infrastructure. cBMB thus provides an ideal basis for close networking of the sample and data pool within the framework of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA).


Clinical Biobank, Tissue Biobank, Liquid Biobank

Accreditation and/or certification

In preparation


Participation in GBN activities in quality management

Round robin tests

Tissue RNA: 2019, 2020 Liquid DNA: 2018, 2020 PBMC: 2020

Friendly audits

2019, 2020

Key figures


available liquid samples


available solid samples


projects initiated


founded in

Funding bodies and partners


Uniklinik RWTH Aachen (AöR)

Centralised Biomaterial Bank of the RWTH Aachen University

Pauwelstraße 30

52074 Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Edgar Dahl

Scientific Director of the RWTH cBMB





Tel. +49. 30. 450 536 347

Fax +49. 30. 450 753 69 38

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