Biological resource centers

The BIOBANQUES infrastructure coordinates a national network made up of biobanks, also known as biological resource centres (BRCs), tumour banks and microbiological resource centres. These structures may be devoted to a specific research area—such is the case for the tumour banks—or may have a more general purpose, and be used in research programmes dealing with more than one disease.

BIOBANQUES, a national infrastructure with the following roles:

  • Promoting scientific collaboration and pooling of techniques and tools. For instance, it supplies thousands of samples to large research programmes aimed at developing treatments for cancer, allergies, cardiovascular disease, etc. The samples enable testing of therapeutic drugs or innovative diagnostic methods.
  • Creating a federation of over 80 Biological Resource Centres (BRCs) made up of biobanks, tumour banks and microbiological resource centres (MIRCENs), distributed throughout France, generally within large hospital centres.
  • Organising the pooling of biological samples stored in all these centres, and intended for biomedical research. These samples comprise samples of blood, cells (e.g. tumour cells), DNA, and any other biological material essential for understanding and treating major diseases.
  • Representing France regarding the organisation of biobanks at European level.
  • Guaranteeing the quality of procedures for taking, storing and distributing samples while respecting patient rights.

Key figures on BIOBANQUES

  • 2011: creation of the national BIOBANQUES infrastructure 
  • 82: number of biobanks 
  • 700: number of research teams involved in the BIOBANQUES project
  • 600: number of research programmes using biobank samples


Salpétrière Hospital 
47, bd de l’Hôpital – 75651 Paris Cedex 13

Further information

Read the news item "Des biobanques pour une recherche d’excellence" (Biobanks for excellence in research) (24 March 2011 - in French)

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