Over the years the Danish society has invested huge sums in building up a range of national registers containing information about all residents in Denmark. In the same way the Danish health system has routinely collected biological material from a large number of individuals. This combination has resulted in Denmark developing one of the biggest bio banks in the world. With access to more than 15 million biological samples in both existing and future collections as well as the introduction of the CPR number in 1968, Denmark has the unique possibility to study the Danish population from cradle to grave.
With the opening of the bio bank on the 21st of March 2012 Denmark has created a unique platform for collaborative research and framework for international partnership. This platform of future research has been noticed in California’s research environment, where biomedical research institutions at Stanford and UC San Francisco have been very eager to collaborate with their Danish research fellows.
The rich data from the biobank should be invaluable not only to the research community but should also prove useful entrepreneurs that are developing new products and solutions in the health care sector.