Under the leadership of the German Biobank Node (GBN), biobanks from eleven German university hospitals and two IT development centres have joined together to form the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) in 2017. Seven more biobank sites followed in 2019, and two in 2020. The alliance partners are harmonising their quality management and establishing a networked IT structure in order to make their biosamples and the associated data available for biomedical research throughout Europe. GBN is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Taking into account the interests of all stakeholders involved, GBN also advocates the concerns of biobanks beyond the biobanking scene. Moreover, GBN lobbies for biobanking on the European level by representing German interests in the biobank network BBMRI-ERIC. Thus, GBN creates standards for the further development and quality assurance of biobanking in Germany and Europe.