Technical scientific services


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The IRBLleida's Biobank is the unit in charge of the central management of human samples and associated personal data for research purposes. Biobank's tasks are focused on the procurement, storage, management and distribution of large collections of human biological samples for the scientific community, guaranteeing the quality of samples at each step.

The Biobank engages in promoting, facilitating and performing collaborative biomedical research using human biological samples in accordance with current Spanish law.

The Biobank started as a cancer tumour bank, thanks to a special initiative of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science in 2004 (SAF2002-10529-E; PI: Xavier Matias-Guiu). In 2008, the Carlos III Institute of Health (ISCIII) commissioned our biobank to carry out another specific initiative (Adaptation, maintenance and improvement of biobanks of the National Health Service, resolution dated November 7, 2008 ; PI: Xavier Matias-Guiu). This entrusted the biobank team with the collection of samples of biological liquids (blood, serum, plasma, DNA, etc) for various research projects.

In 2009, the ISCIII promoted the creation of stable networks in order to boost cooperative research activity in several areas considered strategic for the Spanish NHS as well as to promote a better positioning of our country in the European Research Area in those fields.

IRBLleida's biobank thus participated in setting up this biobanks network (RETBioH; Royal Decree 09/0076/00059; PI: Xavier Matias-Guiu). Recently, the IRBLleida's biobank joined the Spanish Biobanks Platform, (PT13/0010/0014; IP: Xavier Matias-Guiu). More information about Spanish Biobanks Platform.

Furthermore, IRBLleida's Biobank is a member of the regional Tumour Bank Network of Catalonia (XBTC) and the Spanish Biobanks Network (RNB).

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In line with its commitment to quality assurance, the IRBLleida Biobank obtained the quality certification UNE EN ISO 9001:2008, in June 2012. The Biobank was also authorized by the Department of Health of Catalonia on April 29 2013 and entered in the ISCIII National Register of Biobanks with reference B.0000682.

The IRBLleida Biobank is coordinated and assigned to the Ethics Committee of the Clinical Research in the Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital, Lleida.

The aim of the quality management system of the IRBLleida Biobank covers all the activities of analysis and service, reception, processing, storage and shipment of biological samples from donors for biomedical research (see IRBLleida Biobank quality policy (spanish)).

In the case of using samples from the IRBLleida’s biobank , it is necessary to cite the acknowledgments of the articles and/or materials and methods of the samples used.

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Human Resources

  • Dr. Xavier Matias-Guiu, director
  • Dra. Maria Ruiz, coordinator
  • Íngrid Prats
  • Anna Serrate
  • Catherine Fleitas
  • Sara Serrano


Samples catalogue




Information dossier


Contact details

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Dr. Maria Ruiz

Servei de Biobanc IRB-Lleida
973 702 219

Members of the biobank external scientific committee

  • Judith Pallarès

  • Jordi Tarragona

  • Rosa Maria Martí Laborda

  • Joan Viñas

Platform services

  • Management of research projects or new collections.
  • Ethical, scientific and legal advice for samples and associated data, full treatment (procurement, processing and storage).
  • Transfer of human biological samples for research projects previously approved by External Committees (Ethical and Scientific).

  • Quality control of biological samples (DNA and RNA)
  • Processing of frozen tissues
  • Molecular techniques (nucleic acid extraction from peripheral blood, frozen and paraffin-embedded tissue)
  • Histological Staining.

Please, send your application for biological samples adquisition or management to biobanc(ELIMINAR)