German Biobank Alliance

Interdisciplinary Biomaterial Bank and Database Würzburg (ibdw)

Clinical Biobank (tissue and liquid), Research Biobank, Population-based Biobank

About us

The Interdisciplinary Biomaterial Bank and Database Würzburg (ibdw) is a joint facility of the University of Würzburg and the University Hospital Würzburg. Its aim is to systematically collect  liquid and solid biosamples using “Broad Consent” and storing them according to the highest quality standards in the long-term (OECD/ ISBER Recommendations 2012 & 2014). The samples are acquired from inpatients and outpatients from all clinics of the University Hospital Würzburg.

The ibdw also acts as a cooperation partner and service provider for the storage and administration of study-specific biosamples from academic institutions and clinics of the Medical Campus Würzburg as well as national collaborative projects. In future, analytical services will also be provided for local and national academic institutions or third parties (including the pharmaceutical industry).

Access to the biospecimens and associated analytical and clinical core data is available to local, national and international applicants, in compliance with all ethical standards and applicable data protection laws. The interdisciplinary and integrative approach of the biobank makes it an internationally competitive service and method platform for basic research and clinical research.

Within the German Biobank Alliance (GBA), ibdw is particularly involved in the work packages “ELSI” and “Stakeholder Engagement”. Furthermore it represents the German interests in the Common Service ELSI of the European association BBMRI-ERIC. ibdw is involved in various comprehensive biobank projects for the standardisation and evaluation of biobanks within the scope of the German Biobank Alliance.


Clinical Biobank (tissue and liquid), Research Biobank, Population-based Biobank

Accreditation and/or certification

Certified, DIN EN ISO 9001:2015

Participation in GBN activities in quality management

Round robin tests

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

Friendly audits

2019, 2020, 2022

Key figures


available liquid samples


available solid samples


broad consent


disease entities

Funding bodies and partners


Universität Würzburg

Interdisciplinary Biomaterial Bank and Database Würzburg (ibdw)

Straubmühlweg 2a

Haus A9

97078 Würzburg

Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Roland Jahns

Director ibdw





Tel. +49. 30. 450 536 347

Fax +49. 30. 450 753 69 38

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