Biobank operations in Finland are based on the public healthcare system. The Biobank Act introduced in 2013 made it possible to transfer the diagnostic samples taken by healthcare professionals over several decades to the biobanks. Auria’s samples are especially used for cancer research as well as research on inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases and fibrotic diseases.
“Finnish people have a very positive attitude towards medical research. Consenting to give a tissue sample is a voluntary act to support the development of public health,” says Carpén. New samples are collected for Auria Biobank during normal diagnostics and treatment. More than 90% of the people who return the consent form agree to give the sample to the biobank, according to Carpén.
Sources: Mediuutiset, University of Turku, biopankki.fi