Denmark to establish a national biobank  

2009.03.04
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation have granted DKK 121m to establish a Danish biobank
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation have granted DKK 121m (USD 20.7m) to establish a Danish biobank which will be among the world's largest with more than 15 million blood and tissue samples, writes national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The biobank will be located at Statens Serum Institut, a Copenhagen-based organisation that works to prevent and control infectious diseases, biological threats and congenital disorders.
 
Sector director Mads Melbye of Statens Serum Institut says: "The whole idea of the biobank is to create an overview and a register of the biological samples that exist in Denmark today, so that all researchers can gain access to the information."
 
In the long term, the biobank will have more than 15 million surplus blood and tissue samples from the Danish healthcare sector. Furthermore DNA information from the register of Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet) as well as tissue and biological samples currently kept at pathology wards in hospitals across Denmark will be included.
 
The Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Helge Sander opines that the biobank will make Denmark an attractive collaboration partner for international research scientists.

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