BBMRI-LPC (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure – Large Prospective Cohorts / www.bbmri-lpc.org) was a project that ran from 2013 to 2017 with the aim of facilitating scientists’ access to large prospective study sets on human health and disease. Because multinational research projects are often complicated by sample and data sharing difficulties as well as by country specific legal and ethical procedures, BBMRI-LPC was designed to help improve data harmonisation and provide solutions for transnational access and networking. BBMRI-LPC sought to increase the utilization of large sample collections in research on human health.
There were three main aims of BBMRI-LPC:
• to unite the large prospective study sets in Europe and tune them up for ground breaking science by improving the harmonisation of collected samples and data;
• to facilitate collaborative transnational research by providing access to biobanked samples and data for researchers working in academia and industry;
• to provide a networking platform that connects the already established and new emerging biobanks.