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BONE INNOVATION SUMMIT 2019 - Registration opened

23.10.2018 – How can innovations in the field of bone healing be driven forward? What methods can be developed to successfully treat complications such as infections and bone malpositions? What goals are being pursued in current research? How can industry and hospitals work together successfully? These and other questions will be discussed at the BONE INNOVATION SUMMIT 2019 by representatives from industry, research and hospitals. BIS 2019 will open with a keynote address by Dietmar Hutmacher, Professor at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia and expert in regenerative medicine. The international conference is organized by the Interreg projects BFCC and BONEBANK as well as the Northopedics Network, which is funded by the state of Schleswig-Holstein. All three projects deal with specific aspects of bone healing.
The BONE INNOVATION SUMMIT 2019 will take place on 13 and 14 February in the Media Docks in Lübeck.
for registration | to the programme

Health systems in Germany and Denmark

12.10.2018 - The BONEBANK project partners compared the German and Danish health systems. Their issues: Which opportunities do the respective systems offer for the stem cell research? What activities are there to support the development of stem cells which are suitable for therapy purposes? Is there potential for reimbursement? The analysis is supposed to give evidence for future developments.

To the PDF document Overview and comparison of health and reimbursement systems relevant for exploitation of stem cells

Green light for BONEBANK 2.0

25.07.2018 - The project partners have submitted an application to extend the BONEBANK project, which now has been approved by the INTERREG Secretariat. With an additional budget of EUR 1.5 million, further stakeholders such as harvesting and implementing hospitals, biobanks and companies will be involved and a BONEBANK organisation established.
The Department of Clinical Immunology of the Næstved Hospital and the University of Lübeck are contributing their expertise as new project partners. The Chamber of Commerce in Lübeck will support the network partners in maintaining contacts with the regional economy.

BONEBANK-Harvester successfully tested in the US

25.06.2018 - Within the development of a suitable, medical harvesting instrument for material containing stem cells, a workshop took place in New Jersey/US. At the beginning of June an experienced surgeon carefully tested the BONEBANK-Harvester with anatomical specimen. The test certifies the safe function of the device and a good handling for the surgeon in different deployment scenarios. The tester confirmed the applicability of the device during the operation and the low risk assessment for the patient.

Personal contact with Danish MedTech companies

20.06.2018 - A delegation of Danish medical technology companies visited Lübeck on the 18th and 19th June to get in touch with German actors in the health sector. BONEBANK with its cross-border biobank was also in demand. Professor Arndt-Peter Schulz presented BONEBANK's goals and activities at the IHK in Lübeck: ”Important contacts could be made with Danish medical technology companies to help us achieve their goals in BONEBANK, such as developing suitable sterile packaging material and developing a stem cell implantation device.” said the orthopaedist and trauma surgeon from the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein.
The trip was organised by the Danish Health Tech Group (DHTG). DHTG brings together suppliers of products and solutions for the medical device, pharmaceutical and hospital sectors.

Europe Biobank Week 2018: Abstract accepted

10.06.2018 - The Interdisciplinary Centre for Biobanking-Lübeck had submitted an abstract for the Europe Biobank Week 2018 under the title "International Harmonization and Standardization between Denmark and Germany: The German-Danish Interreg project BONEBANK". This abstract has now been accepted by the Scientific Committee. BONEBANK partners will thus be present at one of the most important biobanking conferences worldwide.
Europe Biobank Week 2018 will take place from the 4th to 7th September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. The biobanking community meets there to discuss the future challenges for biobanking, to network and to explore new perspectives of cooperation. The topic for 2018 is "Biosharing for Scientific Discovery".

More information at:

The biobankers also submitted an abstract to the National Biobank Symposium in Berlin on the 11th and 12th December 2018 - with good chances.

Samples taken from over 100 patients

The project partners of the University Hospital of Lübeck have so far collected bone material from 40 patients, 24 of which are stored in nitrogen tanks at temperatures below -150°C in the Interdisciplinary Center for Biobanking-Lübeck. The remaining 16 samples were sent to the University Hospital in Odense for processing. The Danish project partner collected bone marrow samples from 68 donors at Odense University Hospital and successfully isolated stromal (mesenchymal) stem cells, which are currently being analysed. Thus, the target size, as formulated in the project proposal, has already been achieved. In the application, 20 samples were planned in Schleswig-Holstein and 20 in Denmark.

BONEBANK on NDR television

19.04.2018 - The television was visiting Arndt Peter Schulz and a reportage was published that was shown in Schleswig-Holstein magazine. The Lübeck accident surgeon tells in an interview how he came up with the idea of using medical waste to extract stem cells for the treatment of bone fractures. In three minutes, the video contribution illustrates how one pays into the "bone bank of Lübeck". to the NDR report

Valuable network contacts at "BioMedTec Ideas"

23.03.2018 - BONEBANK was represented with a booth at the "BioMedTec Ideas" in Lübeck. Scientists and entrepreneurs in the medical technology and life sciences industry presented innovative product developments and ideas. At the numerous exhibitor stands, a marketplace of ideas arose, where developments were discussed, contacts were made and customers were acquired. “We have had interesting discussions that can promote the transfer of our research activities into the economy," said Timo Gemoll from the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck. The molecular biologist, together with his colleagues Professor Arndt-Peter Schulz and Lina Nießen, represented the Interreg project. The event was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lübeck together with other cooperation partners.

BONEBANK Newsletter March 2018 available

16.03.2018 - Read the current BONEBANK newsletter to stay up to date on the newest achievements and activities within the project. to the newsletter

Cryopreservation of bone material and isolated stem cells at the UKSH

10.03.2018 - Which methods can be applied to isolate and cultivate stem cells so that they can be used for therapeutic use in regenerative medicine? What are the optimal condition to store bone material and isolated stem cells? The BONEBANK partners from the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) in Lübeck try to answer these questions.  to the article

Interview with lead partner Arndt Peter Schulz

01.03.2018 - Arndt Peter Schulz from University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) explains why BONEBANK is a multidimensional innovative project.  to the interview

Shared parameters set for the database

13.02.2018 - One of the central prerequisites for a cross-border biodata database is the uniform specification of the parameters that the participating partners document for the characterization of the samples, or for finding the samples for further processing. The German and Danish partners have now agreed on these uniform parameters at a project meeting in Kiel. The parameter set for the sample database takes equal account of German and Danish interests with regard to common standards.
At BONEBANK, the extracted bone material is collected and processed by one team in Odense and one in Lübeck,  respectively. The data of these decentrally created samples are entered into the virtual sample database. With web-based access, the samples can be managed across teams and identified at any time.
This database is customized and extended by soventec based on its sample management software Lab OS®, especially designed and extended for the BONEBANK project.
In the next step, Soventec converts the parameters into data templates and makes them available to the partners via input masks. In particular, the matching of different codes used in the Danish and German health care systems presents a challenge. If this succeeds, it will considerably simplify the subsequent work on common data.

Workshop with innovative health projects in Odense

30.11.2017 - With the slogan "Health Innovation - Today and Tomorrow", the programme Interreg Deutschland-Danmark organized the first health workshop in Forskerparken, the science park in Odense. The Interreg projects were invited, which promote innovative solutions in the health sector. The focus was on the exchange of experience and networking with one another regarding joint activities in the future. For BONEBANK lead partner Arndt-Peter Schulz, the workshop was a complete success: "We talked to many other partners and made interesting contacts. And thus, some ideas developed for future Interreg projects. I hope that something like this will take place again soon."

© Möller / IHK
© Möller / IHK

Stem Cell Project of Interest for Regional Economy

06.10.2017 - 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

15.09.2017 - 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

01.06.2017 - 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

01.06.2017 - 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

01.06.2017 - 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

01.06.2017 - 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

30.05.2017 - 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

27.03.2017 - 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

01.10.2016 - 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."

25.09.2016 - 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

01.08.2016 - 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.