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Seoul National University Hospital

Seoul National University Hospital(SNUH)

Hospital Introduction

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For over a century, SNUH has been protecting the health and lives of the nation and has also been a leader in the advancement of medicine in Korea. The hospital was founded in 1885 as Gwanghyewon, the first national hospital in Korea, before becoming Seoul National University School of Medicine and Dentistry Hospital, and eventually the special legal entity it is today.

Presently, Seoul National University Hospital consists of a children’s hospital, a cancer hospital, and a center for medical innovation, in addition to the main hospital itself. The hospital has over 1,790 beds; it receives an average of 1,700 inpatients and 8,100 outpatients each day, and employs 540 professors and 5,400 staff members.

As SNUH moves forward as a global hospital, it will continue to protect the health of every human. In particular, the hospital promote the vision “BreakThrough21: Bringing Korea’s medical services to the world,” and is working toward becoming a patient-centric hospital.

Bank Introduction

Seoul National University Hospital Photo

Since the SNUH Biobank was selected as a Regional Biobank in 2010, it has been active as a participating organization in the KBN.
The SNUH Biobank collects and stores human bioresources from patients in a fresh state, such as blood and bodily fluids. It was the first to introduce in Korea the freezer storage monitoring system for the efficient management of biospecimens. Combining -80°C deep freezers, -20°C freezers, and LN2 tanks, this system links the Biobank, medical science building, and emergency room.
A monitoring and security system helps in the non-stop real-time maintenance of a stable storage temperature for the frozen human biospecimens. Loss of biospecimensis prevented, and the stored biospecimens are distributed to researchers through a fair assessment process. In this way, the Biobank aims to contribute to the development of health and medicine and the advancement of the medical industry.


  • February 2010: Selection as a Regional Biobank
  • June 2010: Completion of a medical research ethics assessment at SNUH
  • October 2010: Development of the HuBIS_Sam-EMR interface program
  • May 2011: Opening ceremony and board-hanging ceremony
  • August 2012: Opening of the SNUH Biobank official website
  • February 2013: Implementation of electronic consent forms
  • February 2014: Installation of the HuBIS_Sam ver3.0 program
  • July 2014: Reorganization of the Biobank
  • November 2014: Improvement of the HuBIS_Sam-EMR interface program
  • June 2015: Transfer to the Center for Medical Innovation
  • January 2016: Korea Biobank member’s 3rd Project
  • June 2016: Acquired ISO9001:2015 certification

Status of Human Bioresources

The main collection areas are cardiovascular, kidney, endocrine, nutritional, metabolic, and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as malignant tumors of the female reproductive system and depression. Currently, the Biobank has acquired and is managing a total of 822,532 vials of high-quality human biospecimens (serum, plasma, blood, buffy coat, DNA, cDNA, urine, bone marrow, CSF, blood clot, BAL fluid) from 59,158 individuals.

Projects and Distribution Results

Active support is being provided for various studies on renal diseases, including IgA nephritis gene research and etiological research on proliferative glomerulonephritis, in addition to studies on elderly depression patients, electric cardioversion treatment for atrial fibrillation, and rogenetic alopecia, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Public Relations and Future Plans

The Biobank continues to advertise itself to medical personnel and researchers within the hospital, and with the cooperation of the hospital, plans to expand public relations projects for the collection and distribution of human bioresources targeting patients inside and outside of the hospital.

Contact Us

  • Address: No. level B3103, Center for Medical Innovation, Seoul National University Hospital, 101 Daehak-ro (28 Yeongeon-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea (03080)
  • E-mail: snuhbiobank@gmail.com