About KI Biobank
About KI Biobank
Biobank and biobank samples
A biobank usually consists of one or more sample collections of biological material, more often than not from humans. The samples are generally stored safely for the long-term, and are often used for research analyses. A biobank sample can always be traced back to the sample donor.
Human samples have been used in medical research for a long time. When the Swedish act on biobanks came into force in January 2003, the demands on traceability and sample handling quality increased. It was at this point that KI decided to establish a centrally supported and dedicated biobank – this was the start of KI Biobank.
KI Biobank launched its operations in 2004 and has developed into a well-established core facility focusing on high quality and traceability. Many processes have improved from being entirely manual to become automated with high capacity, thanks to the major initiative BBMRI.se* which started in 2010.
An earlier development milestone that started in 2008, was the IT-project SCARAB, which supports researchers directly with data handling for their own sample management.
Today KI Biobank is larger than ever, with an increasing number of studies and many samples being deposited daily. To handle this, the organization of KI Biobank has grown and today consists of three groups (Lab, IT and Customer Relations), which are led by a small management team.
* BBMRI.se = the Biobanking and BioMolecular Resource Infrastructure of Sweden
As of the beginning of 2015 KI biobank and BBMRI.se national facility host about 120 sample collections and about 5 million samples in the freezers.