The Danish National Biobank
The main purpose of the Danish National Biobank is to give scientists from Denmark and abroad easy access to more than 25 million biological samples
Strengthening the research infrastructure in Denmark
Statens Serum Institut (SSI) received a large research grant from The Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to establish a national biobank. The goal is to strengthen the Danish research infrastructure and thereby the conditions for Danish public health research and international research collaborations.
Over the years the Danish society has invested in building a range of national registers containing information about all residents in Denmark. Similarly, the Danish health system has routinely collected biological material from a large number of individuals. Scientists have the possibility to link information about biological samples in Danish biobanks with the large amount of information contained in the Danish administrative registers.
The Danish National Biobank has 3 pillars:
- The Danish Biobank Register with detailed information about the samples available in the Danish health system and in the large research biobanks participating.
- The Biobank itself, where samples are stored and retrieved.
- The Coordinating Centre, a strong administrative environment offering know-how to scientists and external biobanks.
A great collaboration
The Danish National Biobank is a joint initiative between Statens Serum Institut, hospitals, universities and other public research institutions collecting or using biological material.