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Research Facility

Central Biobank

Central Biobanking facility at the Erasmus MC

Our mission is to facilitate excellent scientific research using biomaterials, by helping researchers with the collection, storage and management of human biomaterials in an efficient and standardized way, compliant with all current regulations and ethical standards.



Ultralow temperature (UTL) storage

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We have 64 NORDIC Storage for Science -80°C freezers. This concept has many advantages compared to conventional ULT freezers of which we list a few. The NORDIC concept can save up to 78% energy, in part because the heat generating parts (compressors) are physically separated from the cold parts (storage space). The system is redundant, meaning a 100% back-up during system failures. Our freezers are 2.7 meters in height, meaning more storage capacity per m2. 


Biobank information management system (BIMS)

All our samples are registered in LabTrain mSample from Bodegro. This BIMS allows researchers to manage their biomaterials themselves in a system which is equipped with full audit trial and is compliant with current laws and regulations. 


The Central Biobanking facility is open to everyone in Erasmus MC and their collaborations.

If you are curious about our collections, please visit our catalogue here. If you are interested in one of the collections please contact the principal investigator directly


We support researchers in setting up their biobank. We provide them with information about logistics, standardization, quality, ethical review, data management and costs, to make sure no researcher needs to reinvent the wheel. Experts at experienced collections points (Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Genomics) advice the researcher while preparing their research protocol. Once collection of biomaterial has started and as long as we facilitate the sample storage, we help the researcher manage the database(s) and facilitate sample requests.

Training & education


We provide an in house training on the use of our Biobank information management system.


News, events & publications



30th June 2020

Opening Central Cold Storage facility


3th & 4th October

National Biobank Day



About us

Our team


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