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  February 2021

> The program of the SNSF - SBP WORKSHOP on 20 April is available!

> What are the key features of NExT from a biobanker perspective?

> A short survey by BBMRI ERIC CS IT on the use of biological samples by researchers


Topics of our NExT newsletters 

  January — What’s « NExT »?

  February — What are the key features of NExT? The biobanks give us their opinions.

  March — Biobanks discover the advantages of the "community" feature: a special area of the catalogue dedicated to members.

  April — Researchers test the NExT e-catalogue. Their testimonials.

  20 April 2021 — Official launch of NExT at the WORKSHOP co-organised with the SNSF and SBP.
We are looking forward to presenting our new instrument on 20 April 2021 during the WORKSHOP co-organised with the SNSF.

Registration is open and the program is available!

The contribution of our partner biobanks in the launching of this project is essential. They have the keys in hand to test all the functionalities of NExT and help us develop a high-value tool that meets the real needs of the users.

We are pleased to share with you, as a premiere, the feedback from our pilots and their testimonials.


From my perspective the e-catalogue will in particular increase visibility of our animal samples to the research community.

— Prof. Dr. Franco Guscetti, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich



NExT will be a very promising tool for swiss biobankers, researchers as well as IT-persons closely collaborating with biobanks.

— Prof. Dr. Peter Schraml, University Hospital Zurich


What are the keys to effective collaboration between researchers and biobanks?

A survey carried out among our pilot biobanks enabled us to understand and identify the three privileged functionalities:

1. Visibility of biobanks and samples

By dragging the search criteria from the left menu into the main area, a map will be automatically created with the number of samples available in each biobank. By clicking on the number in the blue bubble, the details of the samples will be visible as a list and it will be possible to make your selection.

2. The connection between biobanks and researchers

Through NExT, an exchange platform is available as a privileged channel of communication between biobanks and researchers. Once the samples have been selected, the researcher can send a request to the biobanks and exchange information with them in order to refine his or her research.

3. Regular data updates

Updating available data in NExT is essential. The system regularly reminds biobanks to import their data in order to keep it up to date.

The "community" feature, a section of the catalogue dedicated to members, will be presented in our next Newsletter at the end of March. 

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The BBMRI ERIC CS IT is a European initiative which helps researchers locate human samples and data for their research. As part of this work, BBMRI is conducting a survey into what motivates researchers to source samples in certain ways.

Biomedical researchers of post doc level or above who use human samples in their work can participate in this research.

Just click on the link below to take this 5-minute survey.

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