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National Biobank of Korea

National Biobank of Korea image The NBK is the national control center for the collection, management, and utilization of human bioresources in Korea. And NBK manages KBN, it contributes to the development of policies related to human bioresources, standardization of human bioresource management, and advancement of domestic biobanks through developing and providing support for human bioresource technologies. For guaranteeing the fairness in bioresource distribution and development of an efficient distribution system, the NBK also serves as the human bioresource supply hub that supports national healthcare and medical R&D.

In April 2012, a building was opened for the exclusive use of the NBK. This building has a total floor area of 12,301m2 distributed on one basement and three floors of world-class human bioresource storage and management facilities. The building houses more than 550 mechanical and liquid nitrogen freezers, including an Automated Biospecimen Management System that provides a fully automated management of human biospecimens for 1,000,000 vials.

In addition, the NBK manages a computerized history of human bioresource collection, management, and distribution through Human Biobank Information System Sample (HuBIS_Sam). Additionally, it operates Human Biobank Inforamtion System Desk (HuBIS_Desk) and provides researchers with information on distributable human bioresources that can be collected from the NBK and 17 Regional Biobanks.

The types of human biospecimens collected by the NBK are mostly blood specimens; the blood collected from donors is separated into serum, plasma, and buffy coat before storage. DNA, lymphoblastoid cell line (LCL), and urine samples are also obtained. The collected biospecimens are subjected to quality control according to standard operation procedures (SOPs). In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, human biospecimens may be stored in three back-up banks chosen from the 17 Regional Biobanks, namely, Pusan National University Hospital, Chungnam National University Hospital, and Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital.

Further, the NBK supports the operation of the 17 Regional Biobanks, allowing them to collect and manage disease-based human bioresources in a systematic manner. It operates the Biobank Coordinating Center (BCC), which monitors data related to human biospecimens collected and managed by each Regional Biobank and acts as a window for consultations on and application for the distribution of human bioresources.

Leaflet for National Biobank of Korea [click here]

Contact Us

  • Address: National Biobank of Korea, 200 Osongsaengmyeong2-ro, Osong-eup
    Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju City, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea (28160)
  • E-mail: biobank@korea.kr