A biobank is a collection of human samples (tissue, blood, cells or for example extracted DNA) that is linked to the sample donor’s health data (with the informed consent of the donors, and following strict data protection principles). Biobanks are key resources for unraveling the molecular basis of disease subtypes, identification of new therapeutic targets and biomarkers – all of which lead to personalized healthcare and more effective treatment strategies via translational medical research. The Biobank Act enabled the establishment of biobanks Finland. The founders of the Northern Finland Biobank Borealis are the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, University of Oulu, Nordlab, hospital districts of Lappi, Länsi-Pohja, Keski-Pohjanmaa and Kainuu. The Northern Finland Biobank offers the research community an access to professionally maintained sample collections linked to clinical health information and accumulating research data as well as sample storage, management and data mining infrastructures and collaboration.
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