German Biobank Alliance

BioMaterialBank Heidelberg (BMBH)

Clinical Biobank, Tissue Biobank, Liquid Biobank

About us

The BioMaterialBank Heidelberg (BMBH) was established in 2011 as an organisational alliance of quality-assured biobanks at the Heidelberg site. The eight harmonised sub-biobanks of BMBH collect, process and store high-quality tissue samples and liquid biospecimens from clinical routine procedures and studies. In total, they manage more than 1.1 million tissue samples and 490,000 liquid samples in both organ-specific collections (lung, heart, vessels, pancreas, skin) as well as in specialised collections for tumours, infections and diabetes.

BMBH has a central biosample management system, a common technology platform and a structured quality management system. The NCT Tissue Bank, the largest sub-biobank of BMBH, has been accredited according to DIN EN ISO 17020 since 2009. With its expertise in quality management, BMBH is actively involved in the establishment of comprehensive quality standards within the framework of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA).


Clinical biobank, tissue biobank, liquid biobank

Accreditation and/or certification

Accredited, DIN EN ISO 17020 (NCT Tissue Bank)

Participation in GBN activities in quality management

Round robin tests

Tissue RNA: 2019, 2020, 2022 Liquid DNA: 2018, 2020, 2023 PBMC: 2020, 2021 cfDNA: 2020, 2021

Friendly audits

2019, 2020, 2022

Key figures


available liquid samples


available solid samples


dispensed samples in 2021


supported projects in 2021

Funding bodies and partners


Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg

BioMaterialBank Heidelberg (BMBH)

Im Neuenheimer Feld 224

69120 Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Peter Schirmacher

Head of BioMaterialBank Heidelberg





Tel. +49. 30. 450 536 347

Fax +49. 30. 450 753 69 38

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