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  • Nuria Ajenjo
  • Inmaculada Almenara
  • María Jesús Artiga
  • Francisco De Luna

The main objective of CNIO Biobank is to facilitate access and distribution of human samples, ensuring that both the acquisition, maintenance and use complies with all the legal and ethical principles that protect donors’ rights. In this sense, a number of services are implemented, both for sample processing and for supporting different aspects of the management of collections and research projects.

Additionally, CNIO Biobank has its own R&D line and participates in several multicentric Biospecimen Science research projects.

The CNIO Biobank has been instrumental in the origin of collaborative biobanking modelling. In 2001 created the first collaborative network in Europe the CNIO Tumor Bank Network that sparked the development of international networks and European ESFRI in biobanking, BBMRI-ERIC . CNIO biobank has been the coordination node of the Spanish Biobank Network from its origins back in 2009 till 2018, an initiative of the Spanish Research Council, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, ISCIII.

Internationally, CNIO biobank leads and participates in numerous national and international forums, working groups and scientific societies. These include the presidency of the European, Middle Eastern and African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB), Delegate at the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), international think tanks such as Marble Arch International Working Group on Clinical Biobanking, BC-Net IARC- WHO/NCI initiative, to name a few.



CNIO Biobank (authorised by the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Health Department and registered in the National Registry of Biobanks with reference B.000848) is a ‘biobank for biomedical research purposes’, as defined by the Spanish Law 14/2007 and the Royal Decree RD 1716/2011. It´s therefore defined as a public, non-profit organization that hosts several human sample collections for biomedical research following quality and order criteria.