High-quality biomaterials are essential for conclusive, unbiased medical research findings.

The Hannover Medical School (MHH) is in the process of establishing one of the world’s most advanced biobanks at the CRC Hannover: the Hannover Unified Biobank (HUB). Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Thomas Illig, a highly automated, state-of-the-art depository for biomaterials and affiliated preanalytics is being created. Stringent sample tracking, standard operating procedures, identification of samples by 2D barcodes, and integrated IT systems (LIMS/BIMS) will enable high standards of quality and safety.


Study biobank structures, continuous temperature monitoring, an emergency power supply, and 7/24 sample maintenance will ensure highly dependable short- and long-term storage of biomaterials.

Samples will be stored within the CRC Hannover building in liquid nitrogen tanks, an automated -80-°C storage facility, and manually operated -80-°C freezers. The CRC Hannover will be connected to MHH’s pneumatic delivery system for rapid moving and processing of samples from the university clinic.

The services provided by the HUB will be backed by data privacy mechanisms, comprehensive patient information, and a pseudonymization tool.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Illig
Head of the Hannover Unified Biobank
Phone +49 511 5350-8450
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