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The purpose of the German Biobank Registry

The TMF is an umbrella organization for medical research networks and is responsible for improving the organization and infrastructure of medical research in networked structures. Therefore the TMF declared the installation of the German Biobank Registry with all relevant medical biobanks in Germany a central goal.
Currently the first phase is implemented as an open access registry. A further expansion is planned with the possibility of online data entry and correction. The  German Biobank Registry should help scientists and researchers, but also the interested public as an information gateway to serve. The functions of the registry are:

  • providing a publicly available registry of the medically relevant biobanks in Germany
  • improving the national and international visibility of German biobanks;
  • provision of partners for cooperation;
  • networking among biobanks;
  • promoting the exchange of information and of samples between research groups and institutions (hospitals, research institutes and pharmaceutical and biotech companies) operating biobanks;
  • improved use of existing resources;
  • promotion of transparency and understanding of the objectives and functions of biobanks in the general public;
  • Establishing a community to develop common solutions for legal and regulatory issues and thus avoiding redundant expenses for the individual researcher;
  • provide a planning basis for selective and efficient investments in new biobanks and the expansion of the existing infrastructure.


The TMF is cooperating with the European BBMRI project to improve the biobank infrastructure in Europe. Data collection for the national registry is consistent with the survey of BBMRI project. You have to sample the data of your biobank only once and your biobank will be visible nationally and internationally. On the last page of the questionnaire you can give your consent for the use and publication of data for both projects (TMF and BBMRI) specifically. If you participate in the survey that has been harmonized for use throughout Europe by the BBMRI your biobank will be presented to the scientific community, potential partners for cooperations, funding organisations and sponsors. Furthermore, the survey provides an overview of the existing biobank infrastructure in Germany, and by this supports plans to ensure the sustainability and international competitiveness of German biobanks and the necessity of further financial support.

Projekt Leader

Dr. Dr. Michael Kiehntopf
Kompetenznetz Sepsis
University of Jena

Sebastian C. Semler
TMF Office, Berlin


Dr. Roman Siddiqui
TMF Office, Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 / 31 01 19 73
Fax: +49 30 / 31 01 19 99

Cornelia Scheel
TMF Office, Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 / 31 01 19 74
Fax: +49 30 / 31 01 19 99


How to get to the TMF Office:

By rail: From Berlin main station (Hauptbahnhof), take the S-Bahn (suburban rail service) and alight at Friedrichstraße.

By air: From Tegel airport, take the no. 128 bus to Kurt-Schumacher-Platz. Then take the U6 (underground) to Friedrichstraße.

The TMF office is only a short walk from the Friedrichstraße station.

Since it is difficult to park nearby, travelling to the Office by car is not recommended. Please contact the Office for further assistance.

Office of the TMF e.V.
Neustädtische Kirchstr. 6
10117 Berlin, Germany 

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