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© Möller / IHK
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Stem Cell Project of Interest for Regional Economy

The latest partner meeting of Interreg project BONEBANK took place at the IHK-office in Schleswig on September 28 and 29. The German and Danish partners from science and economy agreed upon their next steps in the setup of the cross-border biobank for bone marrow stem cells. Involved is Anke Spoorendonk, retired Minister for European affairs of Schleswig-Holstein, who joined the project advisory board.
The chamber of commerce and industry backs the project: “Regional economy can profit as well, in particular the life science industry,” says managing director Stefan Wesemann. “Businesses can utilise the stem cell products for research and development activities or create new products.”
Project partner Kai Diercks from soventec GmbH, an internationally operating software company, adds, “We are pleased to support the development of this promising stem cell-based healing process in documentation and logistics with our IT solutions.”

BONEBANK at Global Biobank Week 2017

This year’s Global Biobank Week took place in Stockholm under the motto of “Towards Harmony in Biobanking.” BONEBANK’s project partners had the opportunity to introduce themselves to an international audience of professionals though a poster presentation “Crossborder biobanking: The German-Danish Interreg project BONEBANK.”
The partners used the conference to exchange ideas with other biobankers and stem cell researchers: “A source of great interest to all was the fact that we use material discarded as ‘waste’ during routine operations. Especially biobankers, who are specialised in the conservation of human tissue, are hurt by this wastefulness,” says Christina Bober of soventec GmbH.
The conference’s programme offered many topics of great relevance for the BONEBANK project partner’s further work, e.g. the IT connection of different biobank locations. Experts in this field gave talks on the ethical and legal bases – regarding locations in different countries as well.

Software for efficient data-management in the cross-border Biobank

To provide the efficiency of the BONEBANK stem cell biobank, one objective of the project is connecting the IT infrastructure of the participating sites, thus allowing for convenient work with the shared data. The software used for this purpose should identify the samples from the BONEBANK project and describe their characteristics and qualities in specific parameters. Pseudonymous records are managed together so that relevant information about the donor samples can be found through structured searches. to the article

Market-analysis shows the future potential of BONEBANK

What are the needs and requirements of public and industrial stem cell research? Which conditions apply to biobanking, the extraction of stem cells and their use? These are the questions pursued by us at Life Science Nord Management GmbH in our "Needs and Requirement Analysis," which provides information about research and development as well as the clinical and industrial applications of stem cells. to the article

Isolating stem cells from left-over material after surgeries

There are more than 100 ongoing clinical trials using bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs). Due to the limited access to stem cells we developed a new strategy of collecting bone marrow material for MSC isolation; instead of aspirating bone marrow from healthy volunteer donors, we collect it from waste material generated during routine surgeries of consenting patients. to the article

Highest requirements for new surgical instruments

The concept of the entire BONEBANK project is mainly predicated upon the availability of a specific surgical instrument, which can be used by surgeons during the course of fracture treatment to remove an adequate quantity of biologically vital, high-quality stem cells. As a globally recognised manufacturer of medical products, the company STRYKER has the expertise, capacity and internal structure to purposefully and efficiently succeed in providing provision of, and approval for such an instrument in Europe. to the article

BMBF invests EUR 14.4 million in German biobanks


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds biobanks with EUR 14.4 million. Biobanks offer a high potential for the innovative promotion of health. Significant sample- and data-storehouses for the research of diseases can be build due to biobanks.

Our project partner, the Interdisciplinary Centrum for Biobanking-Lübeck (ICB-L) with Prof. Jens K. Habermann is also funded by the BMBF.

Read the full press release (in German)


Surgeons are interested in our innovative project

Our project partners from the University Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck and Life Science Nord Management GmbH represented the BONEBANK project with an information booth at the 134th Congress of the German Society for Surgery. Prof. Arndt-Peter Schulz, Lina Nießen, Wiebke Zweig, Dr Anna Struck and Dr Gerhard Heinrichs are happy about the great interest of the congress participants.

Opening conference on stem cell research

In September 2016, we hold our opening conference called "Stem cells for bone regeneration: State-of-the-art research and solutions" in Odense, Denmark. It was a successful event with a lot of inspiring facts and ideas for a cross-border cooperation in the field of stem cells.


to the Programme (PDF)

"Business and Science: Two worlds. One idea."

The Fehmarnbelt Days 2016 focused on the cooperation between economy and research. Our project partner Nils Reimers of Stryker described the excellent cooperation between economy and research on the basis of BONEBANK as best practice.

Bone stem cells were harvested

In July 2016, we started the harvesting process of bone marrow stem cells for our first pre-study. Project partner Lina Nießen takes a closer look on the specific procedure.