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Integrated Biobank Jena (IBBJ) at the University Hospital Jena

Clinical Biobank (liquid), Research Biobank

About us

IBBJ is the integrated central biobank for the Medical Faculty of the University Hospital Jena. It represents a central resource for the collection of biospecimens from defined clinical research projects and research networks, as well as of clinical samples, and is operated in close collaboration with a variety of surgical and non-surgical disciplines.

IBBJ acts as a cooperation partner and service provider in the context of clinical research projects. Together with study directors IBBJ assumes the planning and organisation for the entire biobank process: from the collection of samples through their approval by the appropriate ethics committees, and the sampling, storage and release to the associated sample shipment. A fully automated robot storage and retrieval system with -80 ° C sample storage and a cryogenic storage facility for storage at very low temperatures (-150 ° C) allows automated handling and storage of approximately 900,000 samples under strictly controlled conditions.

Secure access to the sample collection and related data is ensured locally, for external applicants through a standardised application process and always involves the scientific and operational decision-making bodies. Thus, IBBJ ensures the highest quality standards when dealing with the samples in strict compliance with current ethical, legal and data protection relevant framework conditions.

IBBJ has resulted from the merger of the three biobanks (SEPNET, SEPTOMICS, CSCC) established as part of the Sepsis Cluster Jena - with support for sepsis research continuing to form a key focus today.


Clinical Biobank (liquid), research biobank

Accreditation and/or certification

Accredited, DIN EN ISO 17025,
Certified, DIN EN ISO 9001

An analytical quality assurance concept for the samples entrusted to IBBJ has been established and can be offered according to user requirements. The test laboratory of IBBJ is accredited according to DIN EN ISO 17025.

Embedded in the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Diagnostics (IKCL), IBBJ relies, if necessary, on the expertise of the medical laboratory accredited according to DIN EN ISO 15189 or for the collection of data in clinical trials on the test laboratories of IKCL, which are accredited according to DIN EN ISO 17025. Detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) and standards for all quality-relevant processes are available.

Participation in GBN activities in quality management

Round robin tests

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

Friendly audits

2019, 2020, 2022

Key figures


available liquid samples


available solid samples


storage capacity in 500 µl tubes

ISO 9001

certified since 2012

Funding bodies and partners


University Hospital Jena

Integrated Biobank Jena (IBBJ)

Am Klinikum 1

07747 Jena

PD Dr. Dr. Michael Kiehntopf

Head of IBBJ





Tel. +49. 30. 450 536 347

Fax +49. 30. 450 753 69 38

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