For citation purposes: Manders P, Siezen AE, Gazzoli S, Smit C, Swinkels DW, Zielhuis GA. Radboud Biobank: a central facility for prospective clinical biobanking in the Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen. OA Epidemiology 2014 Feb 10;2(1):4.

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Radboud Biobank: a central facility for prospective clinical biobanking in the Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen.

P Manders , A Siezen, S Gazzoli, C Smit, D Swinkels, G Zielhuis
 

Authors affiliations

(1) Radboud Biobank, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

(2) Radboud Biobank, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

(3) Radboud Biobank, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

(4) Dutch Genetic Alliance VSOP, Soest, the Netherlands

(5) Radboud Biobank, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

(6) Radboud Biobank, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

* Corresponding author Email: Peggy.manders@radboudumc.nl

Abstract

Introduction

There is a growing need for large-scale data and biobanks for biomedical research. Therefore, a central biobank facility at the Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, was established to contribute to biomedical research and innovation by creating an infrastructure for collecting, storing and managing biomaterial and associated clinical data. The Radboud Biobank was conceived from the standards that were laid down in the String of Pearls Initiative (PSI), a unique partnership between the eight University Medical Centers (UMCs) in the Netherlands, that contributes to innovation in health care by facilitating biomedical research. The aim of the Radboud Biobank is to offer researchers an infrastructure wherein sub-collections are professionally secured for the long-term according to high quality standards.

Conclusion

The Radboud Biobank has set procedures for handling, storage and release of samples and data. These procedures are generic and established with a view on standardization, quality and efficiency, transcending the interests of single departments. Furthermore, (quality) standards are set in the field of ICT, legal and ethical aspects, communication and distribution. The establishment of the Radboud Biobank creates an efficient and high quality facility for scientific research and medical innovation.

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