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Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) is an independent association, initiated by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in 2016. 

Since September 2019, the new SBP governance structure is in place and defined in the bylaws.

SBP governance is composed of ordinary and expert members from non-profit institutions active in the biobanking field.
The ordinary members constitute the SBP General Assembly. Together with the expert members, they form the SBP Governing Board. The expert members are highly recognized individuals in three specific biobanking domains (liquid, tissue and non-human biobanking).


  • Prof. Antoine Geissbühler
    Vice-rector, UNIGE
    Director of eHealth and telemedicine, HUG


  • Prof. Carlo Largiadèr
    Head of Liquid Biobank Bern,
    Inselspital, Bern University Hospital

Ordinary members

  • Basel
    Prof. Christian Müller
    Head of Clinical Research and Stationary Cardiology, USB
  • Bern
    Prof. Thomas Geiser
    Director Education and Research, Insel Group Bern
  • Geneva
    Prof. Antoine Geissbühler, President
    Vice-rector, UNIGE
    Director of eHealth and telemedicine, HUG
  • Lausanne
    Prof. Mauro Oddo
    Vice-medical Director, Research, Education and Innovation, CHUV/UNIL
  • Zürich
    Prof. Gabriela Senti
    Director Research and Education, USZ

Expert members

  • Liquid
    Prof. Carlo Largiadèr
    Head of Liquid Biobank Bern, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
  • Tissue
    Prof. Aurel Perren, vice president
    Director of the Institute of Pathology, University Hospital Bern
  • Non-human — Veterinary
    Prof. Tosso Leeb
    Director of the Institute of Genetics Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern
  • Microbiology
    Prof. Adrian Egli
    Director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Zurich
  • Natural history museum
    Prof. Nadir Alvarez
    Head of Natural Sciences Museum of Lausanne

SBP is proud of its values

SBP’s vision is to foster research by facilitating access and optimal usage to high-quality and harmonized samples.

SBP’s mission is to create a network of biobanks promoting FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) samples.

SBP’s objectives for the period 20212024:

  1. Promoting a quality strategy for biobanks that serve both quality management issues and sample quality. 
  2. Developing guidelines to facilitate access to biobanking samples by establishing a Swiss biospecimen catalogue at the sample level. SBP provides advice in IT systems for quality and networked biobanks. 
  3. Driving the quality management of non-human biobanking activities. 
  4. Consolidating the collaboration with the European networks of biobanks. 
  5. Providing a concept for its sustainable funding. 
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