Reprinted (in part) with edits and permission from the IBBL. See the original article here.
At the end of November, the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) moved its staff, its equipment and its 500,000 samples from Luxembourg City to Dudelange. IBBL is the local host for the 2018 ISBER Biospecimen Research Symposium of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), themed “Quality Matters,” taking place in Luxembourg February 27 & 28, 2018.
In its new, permanent building connected to the Laboratoire National de Santé (LNS), IBBL has more than doubled its space. The laboratories and storage facilities have also been specifically designed for the biobank’s needs, allowing it to expand its operations and services.
When IBBL opened its doors in 2010 next to the the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL), the biobank counted a staff of six. Seven years later, 50 technicians, researchers, project managers, informaticians and administrative staff work at IBBL. This increase in staff reflects a substantial growth in activities, service contracts, projects and biological samples. So much so, that the capacity of the former building limited the biobank’s continuing development. Recognising this problem back in 2015, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research offered IBBL the opportunity to move into a new building that was under construction in Dudelange, in the south of Luxembourg.
The new building is connected to the Laboratoire National de Santé and shared with the Laboratoire de Médecine Vétérinaire de l’Etat. With 2,000 m², including 500 m² for sample storage and logistics and 1,000 m² for the laboratories, the move enables IBBL to expand its operations and the services it provides to its partners and clients.