Access FINBB biobanks – Fingenious

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With Fingenious, you are connecting to six regional hospital biobanks with a single click. Registering with Fingenious is the first step to conducting a biobank study with samples and/or data in Finland. 


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Fingenious is your gateway to:

The hospital biobanks’ sample collections comprise of millions of human biological samples such as blood samples, FFPE samples, fresh frozen tissue or liquid biopsies. Deep phenotypic data such as medical records of the sample donors can be utilized in biobank research, as well as genomic data generated from the samples.

Through FINBB you can also access materials of THL Biobank. THL Biobank hosts population and disease-based research cohorts including samples and remarkable amount data determined from samples (e.g. genomics, metabolomics, laboratory values) and sample donors (life-style data eg. smoking, dietary information, exercise).Requests coming through Fingenious inquiry portal are also forwarded to THL Biobank by FINBB, if samples and data of THL Biobank can be utilized in your research project. THL Biobank can also be accessed directly via biobank’s own inquiry form.

Information from the Finnish national health registries, such as Care Register for Health Care (HILMO), Cause-of-Death Register and Drug Imbursement Registers etc., can be linked to sample donors by a separate application process. Linking register data enables long-term monitoring of the donors and increases the value and impact of research. Please ask for more information from FINBB.

Services available through Fingenious

Fingenious offer three main direct services:

  1. 1.    Aggregate level sample availability search in Fingenious Catalogue
  2. 2.    Feasibility requests from biobank samples and data
  3. 3.    Access requests for biobank samples and data

When you submit your feasibility or access request through Fingenious, your request will be distributed by FINBB to all six regional hospital biobanks – unless you specify which biobanks your request is aimed at. A biobank research specialist at either FINBB or a regional biobank will contact you within 2-3 working days of your request.

We aim to submit a feasibility report to you within 2-3 weeks of your request. The report includes the numbers of requested samples across the regional hospital biobanks and the availability of the requested data.

Please also read our more detailed process description for feasibility and access requests.

Feasibility and access costs

Our initial feasibility service is free of charge. When we review your feasibility request, we will contact you to give a cost estimate for the feasibility report if compiling the feasibility report requires exceptional effort and a significant amount of time.

Submitting access requests through Fingenious is also free of charge. You will receive a cost estimation of your biobank project during the feasibility and access request process.