The Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) was one of the first projects entering the European Research Infrastructure preparatory phase of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap, a strategic instrument that aims at overcoming the limits due to fragmentation of individual policies and that provides Europe with the most up-to-date research infrastructures funded by the European Commission (EC).
The scientific participation of Belgium in BBMRI-ERIC was initiated in 2013 by uniting the three existing Belgian network biobank initiatives i.e.
The Belgian involvement in the pan-European biobanking project BBMRI is guaranteed thanks to the annual membership contribution, on Mr. Philippe Courard’s initiative, by BELSPO and the appointment of the Belgian National Node Coordinator by the Belgian Minister for Social affairs and Public Health.
The scientific participation of Belgium in BBMRI-ERIC is exerted by a national node, hosted at the Belgian Cancer Registry, which collaborates closely with the central executive management office of BBMRI-ERIC in Graz, Austria. The Board of Directors of BBMRI.be, chaired by the President of BBMRI.be (Elke Smits) is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic vision of BBMRI.be. The scientific and administrative management of the National Node of BBMRI.be is coordinated by the National Node Director (A. Debucquoy).
From 2013-2019, BBMRI.be has matured into a solid partner network on biobanks in Belgium and has proven to reach out to a broader community beyond the founding partners.
From 2019 onwards, BBMRI.be invites all Belgian biobanks with translational research potential to join the BBMRI.be network. Currently, our network connects 20 biobanks that are linked to public institutions such as hospitals, universities and research centers. All these biobanks and networks are included in the Directory of BBMRI-ERIC. Biobank interested to join our network, can indicate their interest with this form.
Meet here the biobanks currently included in our network: