On 30 September 2015, BBMRI-ERIC and ESBB have formed a strategic alliance for the benefit of European biobanking efforts. Starting in 2016, the two organisations will jointly organise the most important annual biobanking conference in Europe and facilitate collaboration on activities related to biobanking and biopreservation of samples for research and development. This agreement emphasises that biobanks are a European strength.
ESBB (European, Middle Eastern and African Society for Biopreservation & Biobanking)Â is an association established under French law (Loi 1901) for people involved in the collection and storage of biological materials from all species. The society is focused on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The mission of ESBB is to advance the field of biobanking in support of research relating to healthcare, agriculture and the environment. The goals of ESBB are as follows:
(1) Identify problems in the biobanking field and provide solutions.
(2) Encourage high professional standards in biobanking.
(3) Provide high value membership services for key actors in the biobanking field.
(4) Encourage participation from a wide range of repositories across the Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) region.
(5) Provide a strong united voice for biobankers in the region, to influence development of their field.
(6) Partner with other organizations involved with, or related to biobanking.
(7) Encourage and support public-private biobank-related partnerships because of their scientific, medical and commercial importance.
(8) Promote stakeholder support for biobanking.
For BBMRI-ERIC: Michaela Mayrhofer email@example.com
For ESBB: Robert Hewitt firstname.lastname@example.org