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Biobanks and health data boost top research

A one-stop service is being set up in Finland to streamline the use of data on well-being in research. The service, which will be more flexible than the one that is now in use, will boost biobank research.


Johanna Arola

MD.PhD, Acting CEO, FinBioBank


In the future, new treatments will be developed faster than before, using samples given to biobanks and health data linked to them. All patients can be research patients in the future. Combining and studying data will enable the development of individualised treatments for serious illnesses.

In biobank research, the human focus is a key factor. Patients and sample donors give their consent to the use of the samples in biobank research, and consequently they have the right to know what their samples are used for.

More flexible availability of data on well-being will expedite and streamline biobank research. Alongside others, Finbiobank-FINBB, a new co-operative of Finnish biobanks, is currently setting up a shared service for biobank data.

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This is the third part of our series of videos related to the 2nd Annual Nordic Precision Medicine Forum event that will be held in Copenhagen on 20 and 21 March 2018.


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