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Name of Collaboratory :


Alliance of German Cryobanks


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2005 End Date : Info Last Updated : Mon, Nov 1 2010 4:00am PDT

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Infrastructure Development  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Community Data Systems  

Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Biomedical Sciences  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


In 2005, some research, clinical and industrial cryo-banks formed a voluntary network, the Alliance of German Cryobanks (Gemeinschaft Deutscher Kryobanken (GDK)). The common aim is it to enhance transparency to the customer through registering cryo-banks and presenting their individual key aspects of activity. The development of common safety measures, standardised procedures and the dissemination of knowledge should ensure the highest standards of science, technology and therapeutic use. Existing collections are scientific goldmines and, today, each exists in isolation. The Alliance of German Cryobanks (GDK) is necessary to safeguard these national resources, as existing cryobanks can only guard against a disaster by using a network like the GDK. In case of a disaster, time-limited outsourcing of samples at a safe cryobank partner is possible. The GDK is an association, which can stimulate scientific, technical and organisational cooperation and build up a virtual cryo-bank in Germany.

There needs to be evaluation and registration of existing cryo-banks; harmonisation of equipment and standardisation of processes. At national level, this will be done by the existing cryobanks under the direction of the "Gemeinschaft Deutscher Kryobanken e.V."


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The collaboratory European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA) is also a member.


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