The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories Supports the Council of Industrial Use of Biological and Environmental Repositories in Japan

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The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) is pleased to release a statement of support for the creation of the Council of Industrial Use of Biological and Environmental Repositories (CIBER) in Japan.

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) is pleased to release a statement of support for the creation of the Council of Industrial Use of Biological and Environmental Repositories (CIBER) in Japan.

ISBER strongly supports the creation of CIBER in Japan and its efforts to advance the field of biobanking, promote best practices, and develop standards in this field. Over the past two decades, ISBER has developed a number of high-profile collaborations with other affiliate global, regional, and national organizations actively promoting: education and training; the harmonization of high quality standards, ethical principles and innovation; and networking in the field of biobanking. CIBER will join forces with ISBER in further developing these aspects in Japan.

“The field of biobanking is expanding globally as it provides the foundation upon which vital medical, environmental and pharmaceutical research take place. The release of the ISBER Best Practices 4th edition and of ISO standards (end of 2018) will introduce further standardization of the field and boost professionalism,” said Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis, President of ISBER. “We are delighted that a strong society is created in Japan; CIBER working together with ISBER will provide guidance and support to biobanks nationally and internationally.”

"We are delighted to announce the inauguration of CIBER,” said Dr. Koh Furuta, Head Director of CIBER. “We strongly believe that CIBER will be a dedicated platform for biobanking, which will support the various challenges and bring innovation in the field of biobanking."

CIBER has produced the Japanese translation of the ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories, Fourth Edition report, which will be available April 4, 2018. The two societies will jointly negotiate and formalize a long-term affiliate agreement in the near future, including the creation of common working groups and workshops, and will aim to work collaboratively towards the development of a biobanking meeting in Japan in the future. The Memorandum of Understanding will soon be announced officially.

To learn more about ISBER, please visit: http://www.isber.org
To learn more about CIBER, please visit: http://www.ciber.or.jp

For further information, please contact:
Ana Torres, BA (Hon), MPub
ISBER Executive Director
750 West Pender Street, Suite 301
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 2T7
T: 1-604-484-5693
E: info(at)isber(dot)org

About ISBER:

ISBER is the only global forum that addresses harmonization of scientific, technical, legal, and ethical issues relevant to repositories of biological and environmental specimens. The mission of ISBER as a global organization is to create opportunities for sharing ideas and innovations in biobanking and harmonizes approaches to evolving challenges for biological and environmental repositories. ISBER fosters collaboration, creates education and training opportunities, provides an international showcase for state-of-the-art policies, processes, and research findings, and innovative technologies, products, and services. Together, these activities promote best practices that cut across the broad range of repositories that ISBER serves.

About CIBER:

The Council of Industrial use of Biological and Environmental Repositories (CIBER) is a Japanese industrial council that will be established to address the opened framework of biorepositories. Users of biological and environmental repositories will join hands to network horizontally within CIBER to identify challenges and needs, and to deliver solutions. The goal of CIBER is to support a healthy and felicitous social infrastructure without medical inequality not only for the current generation but also for generations to come.

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