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Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) is the national initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) established as the reference platform for the coordination and harmonization of Swiss biobanks in all fields of research. It responds to the needs of the biobanking and research communities to increase the visibility, accessibility and interoperability of biobanks as well as foster value and quality of biological resources.

SBP and SNSF invite the research community to a virtual Workshop on Connecting researchers and biobanks: the BioLink experience. What’s “NExT” ? This event will take place on April 20th 2021 from 1:00 to 5:30pm.

It aims at sharing the experience of the SNSF BioLink projects for the interoperability of biobanks as well as showcasing the SBP NExT as a new tool to help the biobanks and the research community to share biological material. At the Workshop, you will actively participate in discussing the future needs in this field the BioLink instrument will have to cover and learn how to get connected and increase the value of your biological samples through data interoperability and sharing.




Dr. Irene Knüsel and Prof. Antoine Geissbühler
— Head of Division Biology and Medicine, SNSF and Vice-rector University of Geneva and Swiss Biobanking Platform President



Session I: BioLink and NExT, two Instruments to connect researchers and biobanks

  • SNSF presentation
    Dr. Irene Knüsel — Head, Division of Biology and Medicine, SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation
  • SBP presentation
    Dr. Christine Currat — Executive Director, Swiss Biobanking Platform
  • SBP NExT
    Dr. Khalil Klouche — Innovation Officer, Swiss Biobanking Platform


Questions and coffee break



Session II: Sharing your BioLink experience

BioLink presentations by BioLink grantees
— 10 min/project + 10 min questions

  • PathoLink: Connecting biobanks to determine mechanisms of metastasis formation and chemoresistance
    Prof. Dr. med. Holger Moch — Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology, University Hospital Zürich
  • Biobanking for state-of-the-art Sepsis research
    Prof. Dr. med. Adrian Egli — Applied Microbiology Research Laboratory, University Hospital Basel
  • Live-cell biobanking for translational cancer research
    Prof. Mitchell Levesque, PhD Dermatological Clinic — University Hospital Zürich
  • The Swiss Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Metabank: a network for precision medicine research
    Mr Denis Marino, Biobank Deputy Director — University of Geneva
  • Infectious Diseases Biobank Zurich: Proof of Concept for a Hospital based BIMS
    Dr. med. Michaël Weisskopf — University Hospital Zürich
  • PGXLink: Connecting pharmacogenomics (PGX), pharmacological intermediates, and clinical outcomes
    PD Dr. med. Alexander Leichtle — Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Inselspital
  • Linking biobanks to contribute to the 3R concept in mammary cancer research
    Prof. Dr. med. vet. Franco Guscetti — Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich





4 concurrent sessions led by:

  • Prof. Adrian Egli — University Hospital Basel
  • PD Dr. med. Alexander Leichtle — Inselspital
  • Prof. Marc Ansari — University Hospital Geneva
  • Dr. med. Michaël Weisskopf — University Hospital Zürich


Wrap-up and questions

By Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Carlo Largiadèr — Inselspital

  • Closing remarks
    Prof. Antoine Geissbühler



On April 20, 2021.
From 1:00 to 5:30pm


The event will be held remotely.
More information coming soon.


The participation is free of charge.


If you have any question, feel free to contact us!
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