Service Center for Southern Sweden

Faculty of Medicine | Lund University

Menu Service Center for Southern Sweden ( SCSS) service center for southern Sweden will serve as a test implementation of an integrated, regional service center and will provide support to researchers who want to use biobanks - in all different areas where support is required. We hope to make it possible to provide more efficient and coordinated services in a multidisciplinary, regional service centers. SCSS in Collaboration with University of Copenhagen and other partners is organising the forth symposium entitled: The Politics of Biobanks


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SYMPOSIUM: The Triple Helix in Biobanking: Intertwining Stakeholders

During November 15th and 16th took place at Medicon Village (Lund) the 3rd edition of the open-doors symposium entitled The Triple Helix in Biobanking. The event, organized by Service Centre for Southern Sweden and University of Copenhagen (Department of Public Health), gathered more than 80 people. The symposium counted with most of the more relevant speakers in the field who exposed and  tried to tackle the current difficulties regarding collaboration and sharing between different stakeholders.

The topic of this year, The triple Helix in Biobanking, there is not more that the reflection of the need of interactions between the Health Care Sector, Academia and Industry. Nevertheless, The Patient (as a quadruple chain) was also represented by Lotte Klim from EUPATI who stressed the absence of a National Patient Organization in Sweden.

 The symposium counted on the collaboration of many international speakers representing all the chains of the Triple Helix. Among them Andrew Webster, from University of York, stressed how complex and uneven is the process of "intertwining" stakeholders in the political economy of knowledge between Biobanking and regenerative medice. Therese Fagerqvist, from the National Biobank Council, presented a National model for routine healthcare integrated collection, handling and biobanking of samples and Hannie Lundbgren from Region Skåne talked about the future join-action between and NBR for building a new National Biobank Infrastructure.

It is worth to remark that this Symposium is part of a PhD program at the LifeScience FU courses at Lund University and for the Department of Public Health at University of Copenhagen. The PhD course gathered not only students from the area, but also international students from Denmark, Portugal and even USA.

The event was supported by SWElife, EpiHealth, Medicon Village AB, NIASC, Genomica, Thermofisher, LIF and Medicon Valley Alliance. 

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Master of Science in Biobanking

Starting this autum, 1st of October, Biobank Graz will offer the first distance learning course in biobanking!

For more information about the course 

master of science in biobanking SCSS at The Future of Swedish & Danish Life Science

Thursday, Mars 31st, a one-day conference was organized at Medicon Village by Kemivärlden Biotech/Journal of Chemistry & Biotechnology together with Medicon Valley Alliance and Medicon Village. About 440 registered participants engulfing decision makers, researchers, health care professional and entrepreneurs, had the possibility to listen to several interesting talks during the day. There were several possibilities for networking during the breaks, the exhibition and at partnering meetings. SSCC was represented by Peter Nilsson and Eva Ortega-Paino with “Modern biobanks, a tool for life science development – quality aspects”.

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The Future of Swedish & Danish Life Science

– How can we streamline the Nordic Life Science Ecosystem?

Kemivärlden Biotech/Journal of Chemistry & Biotechnology, Medicon Village and Medicon Valley Allliance are together organizing an international networking forum that will take place at Medicon Village (Restaurang Inspira), Sheelevägen 2 in Lund, the 31st of March, 2016.

Some 40 exhibitors and 350 visitors are expected at this annual event and Peter M Nilsson from the Service Center for Southern Sweden will give the talk “Modern biobanks, a tool for life science development – quality aspects”.

For more information and registration

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Delegation from China visiting Service Center for Southern Sweden

The 3rd of December a delegation from Shenyang in China visited SCSS at Medicon Village. The delegation consisted of four representatives from the company “Cheng Da Biotechnology” (CDBIO), one representative from “The Red Cross of Shenyang”, and an interpreter. CDBIO is a government of China enterprise with the research focus to develop vaccines.

The visit to Medicon Village included a guided tour at the biobank Department BD47 by Maria Liljander, a presentation of Medicon Village by Helen Pettersson and a presentation of SCSS by Eva Ortega-Paino and Johanna Ekström.

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PhD course and Symposium- Biobanks and Big Data: Possibilites and Challenges.

For the second time since the Service Center for Southern Sweden was established at Medicon Village in Lund a PhD course with an integrated symposium was arranged. This year it was organized as a collaboration with Copenhagen University (Department of Public Health).

The course took place at Medicon Village the 2nd to the 5th of November and 14 students from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, England, Portugal and Austria participated. About 30 participants, from e.g. Chile, Thailand and the United States took the opportunity to register to the course online, “Biobanking, Open Online Course” (BOOC). Within the course a visit to the Danish National Biobank and the Bejing Genomics Institute, both in Copenhagen, was included.

About 110 participants registered to the symposium, the 3rd to 4th of November. The program included speakers from the Nordic countries working with biobank related issues in different disciplines. The presentations included topics such as Registries and Biobanks, Nordic legislation and Biobanking, Analysis Platforms and Intellectual Property Rights. The audience were greatly involved in discussions with the speakers and topics that were debated were e.g. how to obtain the consent from participants in biobanks and how to keep the trust from the society for biobank research.

Quality Manual for the Biobank Malmö Preventive Medicine/Malmö Diet and Cancer Study

There is a long tradition of biobank research on population based cohort studies within Lund University and the university hospital in Malmö. Two of the largest cohorts are Malmö Preventive Medicine and Malmö Diet and Cancer Study, with each approximately 30 000 examined individuals. The collection of data and samples was initiated in the 1970s and is still ongoing. The material in these cohorts is unique and many different studies and doctoral theses have been based on this.

This manual (only available in Swedish) is a part of the quality work for these sample collections to ensure that there are routines for the storage and the usage of the samples in a way so that the quality, traceability and safety in the biobank are met. in the Medicon Weekend (Medicon Village. Lund) SCSS was presenting its services and its initiative at the Medicon Weekend (Medicon Village. Lund) in the section Attackera Cancer- Trender för tillväxt. After 3 minutes of an introductory presentation the speakers where forwarded to an individual forum room where 3 different lots of attendants listen during 10 minutes about the plans and services of our service centre. Collaboration between the Health Care Organisation, Researchers and the Biobanks was stressed for achieving the common goal of providing patient's welfare.

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(16th-17th September 2015. Philadelphia, USA)

Our service centre was represented by Eva Ortega-Paino at OpenSpecimen's users meeting in Philadelphia. We presented the incorporation of MIABIS (Minimal Information About Biobank Data Sharing) into the open source LIMS with the aim of adapt a common language and the minimal information for sample and data sharing between biobanks.  This finally will lead to harmonization of information for biobanks and biomedical research.

The OSCON community

The OSCON community


The 7th Nordic meeting in Epidemiology and Registry-Based Health Research -NordicEPI 2015

The conference took place in beautiful Oslo the 21st to 23rd of September. I, Johanna Ekström, went to Oslo to attend to the conference and to present the Scania Metadatabase for Epidemiology (SME). SME is a catalogue with descriptions of epidemiological studies that have been implemented in the southern healthcare region during the last decades. The catalogue now comprises information about 50 studies with more than 680 000 study participants and biological samples from over 217 000 individuals. The aim is that the metadatabase will be used as an inspiration for new research and open up for new collaboration by visualizing the research groups and their publications. For more information follow the link:

Several keynote speakers were invited and we had the opportunity to listen to representatives from the Nordic countries talking about cohorts, biobanks, and registry research in their respective countries. Kathy Elks was invited from the University of Bristol in United Kingdom to present the talk "Big data, big opportunities: Using genetics and epigenetics to understand the aetiology of complex traits and diseases". Christopher Murray came all the way from the United States and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to tell us about the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). GBD is the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. GBD is updated annually and covers 306 diseases and injuries in 188 countries.

There was plenty of time to chat with Nordic colleagues at the welcome reception at Oslo city Hall and at the conference dinner at Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin.

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Oslo City Hall

2015-08-13 -a part of the triple helix framework for biobanking and patient registries  

The idea to form a discussion group with the main goal to increase the accessibility and transparency of biobank samples and patient registries originated at the Cancer Collaboration Day at Medicon Village in Lund, spring 2015. Representatives in this discussion group are Peter M Nilsson and Eva Ortega-Paino (, Lund University), Markus Heidenblad (Head of biobank BD47 and RBC southern Sweden, Region Skåne) and Ursula Hultquist Bengtsson (Medicon Village).


The 2015 Epi Scania Symposium on Epidemiology and register-based research-

“Lessons from the past and visions for the future”

Members from attended the 2015 EpiScania Symposium, the 2nd of September, to listen to several interesting presentations. The presentations covered different areas e.g. the history of population-based cohort studies, the use of demographic databases and there was also some talks about “new” tools for data collection (e.g. SMS and apps for your cell phone).

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Peter M Nilsson talking about the Swedish Cohort Consortium.

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Contact person:

Eva Ortega-Paino, PhD

Medicon Village. Scheelevägen 2.

Lund. Sweden


Tel: +46462220832/ Mob: +46731400890

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