The German Biobank Node (GBN) is a German biobank network consisting of eleven large university biobank sites. Under the umbrella of GBN, all biobank partners work together in the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) to support biomedical research with high-quality biomaterial samples and data. The Interdisciplinary Biobank and Database Frankfurt (iBDF) is a partner in this alliance.
Together, they develop uniform quality standards, establish a networked IT structure and create legal and ethical guidelines for biobanking. In this way, they lay the foundation for the further development and quality assurance of biobanking in Germany and Europe. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the network.
GBN also continues to be a partner in the European biobank network BBMRI-ERIC, which focuses on the networking and exchange of experience of biobanks within Europe.
The German Biobank Alliance (GBA) connects 11 German biobanks to european partners and makes these available for biomedical research. Two IT hubs provide the necessary IT tools for data exchange and searches. Since 2017, the GBA is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).