New Agreement Between Key Biobanking Organizations: International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) & National BioService LLC (NBS)

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The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) is pleased to announce the signature of an Affiliate Agreement with National BioService LLC (NBS).

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) is pleased to announce the signature of an Affiliate Agreement with National BioService LLC (NBS).

“The field of biobanking is expanding globally as it provides the foundation upon which vital medical, environmental, and pharmaceutical research takes place. The release of the ISBER Best Practices 4th Edition will introduce further standardization of the field and boost professionalism,” said Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis, President of ISBER. “We are delighted that ISBER is collaborating with a strong leader in biobanking in Russia. Working together, NBS and ISBER will provide guidance and support to biobanks nationally, to the Russian-speaking world and internationally. This agreement highlights the opportunity for us to share knowledge and consensus around biobanking practices, and reconcile any differences.”

The agreement will facilitate communication, cooperation, and partnership opportunities between ISBER and NBS. The two organizations will collaborate to produce materials for clinical biobanking in both English and Russian and aim to work towards a freely-available Russian translation of the ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories 4th edition.

“The mission and vision of NBS is to facilitate the creation of a National Biobanking Platform in Russia, which will be fully compliant and follow Best Practices of biobanking established by ISBER. Making such Best Practices accessible to organizations engaged in creating biobanks in Russia is an essential means of disseminating this crucially important information and thus integrating Russian biobanks in the global innovative R&D processes in medicine," said Dr. Vitali Proutski, Director of NBS.

ISBER and NBS also look forward to investigating the feasibility of a joint ISBER/NBS meeting in the future.

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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)

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 NBS:

NBS was established in 2013 with a vision to become the leading Research Biobank and Bioservice in Russia. The NBS mission is to be instrumental in establishing the infrastructure of biomedical research in Russia and integrating it into international activities, aimed at improving human healthcare and developing personalized medicine.

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