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About Uppsala Biobank

Uppsala Biobank is a research infrastructure and a center of expertise for biobanking issues at Uppsala University and Region Uppsala.

Uppsala Biobank, with registration number 827 with the supervisory authority, the Inspection for Health and Care (IVO), is the only common biobank for Region Uppsala and Uppsala University. Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) are also required to register their sample collections with human material in Uppsala Biobank.


Uppsala Biobank started its operations in 2008 and was established because the former County Council of Uppsala County and Uppsala University saw many benefits in having a shared infrastructure and a center of expertise for biobanking issues.

This approach provides better conditions for meeting current laws and regulations by ensuring traceability and security, clarifying rights and obligations concerning biobank samples, and preventing conflicts between the principal and researchers. Other goals included streamlining administration, promoting collaborations, creating a healthcare-integrated biobank, and strengthening quality work.


Uppsala Biobank is a center formation with two principals: Region Uppsala represented by Akademiska Hospital and Uppsala University represented by the Faculty of Medicine within the Medical and Pharmaceutical Science Area. Uppsala Biolab (formerly UCR Laboratory) is also part of the Uppsala Biobank center formation.

Uppsala University and Region Uppsala have decided that all biobank samples under these two principals should be included in a sample collection at Uppsala Biobank. The head of Uppsala Biobank is the region's biobank coordinator and is responsible for all biobank samples and collections within the principals' operations, both research sample collections and collections intended for care, diagnostics, and treatment (VDB). All sample collections at Uppsala Biobank must have a sample collection manager. The division of responsibilities between the sample collection manager and the biobank manager has been clarified in an agreement. Read more about sample collection responsibility [here](link to relevant information).

Management Group and Biobank Council

Uppsala Biobank has a management group and a biobank council. The management group consists of a chairman from the region, two representatives from Akademiska Hospital, and three representatives from Uppsala University. The biobank council consists of a chairman who is the head of the biobank, three representatives from Akademiska Laboratory, and three representatives from Uppsala University institutions conducting research on biobank samples.

Management Group Members

  • Andreas Scheutz, Director of Research and Development, Region Uppsala (Chair)
  • Tommie Olofsson, Head of Clinical Chemistry Laboratory, Akademiska Laboratory
  • Anna-Karin Wikström, Director of Research, Development, and Education, Akademiska Hospital
  • Eva Tiensuu Janson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University
  • Karin Forsberg Nilsson, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University
  • Karl Michaelsson, Pro-Dean, Research Infrastructure Committee (FISK), Uppsala University

Biobank Council Members

  • Anna Beskow, Head of Uppsala Biobank (Chair)
  • Sylwia Libard, MLA Clinical Pathology
  • Peter Ridefeldt, Physician Clinical Chemistry
  • Johan Lindh, Section Chief Clinical Microbiology
  • Lars Lind, Professor Department of Medical Sciences
  • Lene Uhrbom, Senior Lecturer Department of Immunology, Genetics, and Pathology
  • Simon Cervenka, Professor Department of Medical Sciences


  • Mail: info@uppsalabiobank.uu.se

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