Biobank collects, administrates and preserves samples and the associated information for future research needs.
The Biobank of Eastern Finland is founded and owned by the North Savo Hospital District, the South Savo Social and Health Care Authority, Siun sote – the Joint Municipal Authority for North Karelia Social and Health services, the Eastern Savo Hospital District, and the University of Eastern Finland. The biobanks field of research covers the specialty fields in health and clinical care of the owner organizations and stakeholders.
The Biobank of Eastern Finland supports research, in particular, addressing metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders, cancer and mental health. Valvira (The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health) has accepted Biobank of Eastern Finland into the national biobank register on 30th October 2015.
The essence of biobanking:
Samples are stored in biobank facilities for up to several decades.