Accelerate discovery in your research programs with the Mayo Clinic Biobank.
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Age of Participants

Controls and disease-specific samples for your research needs

We created the Mayo Clinic Biobank to address a pressing research need: finding controls with the quality that researchers require. Since it was established, the Mayo Clinic Biobank has grown to include a broad range of diseases present in the Mayo Clinic patient population.  We not only can provide controls with the quality you demand but we also have access to common disease-specific samples that satisfy your research criteria.

  • 50,000 patients
  • Unique quality and depth of data
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) and patient-provided data
  • Support for your biomarker discovery and validation

Investigator-to-investigator support

Our scientific staff at Mayo Clinic Bioservices have the expertise to guide you through our collection. We’ll work with you to determine which participants fulfill your study criteria.

"Research is a marathon – but access to the Biobank helps me function like a sprinter.”

Alex Parker, PhD, Mayo Clinic

Engaged participant community

The integrity of your research is vital.  You need the assurance that collections you used in your research have been acquired and consented ethically. We have established a Community Advisory Board to ensure that we engage the participant community. Our program features:

  • Patient-centered governance structure
  • Strong network of participants
  • Diverse Community Advisory Board membership, representing varied interests and backgrounds
  • Long-term post-collection communication

Mayo Clinic has made a significant, long-term and ongoing investment in our Community Advisory Board for continued guidance of our program.   You can pursue your scientific goals confident in the ethics of our approach.

For Mayo Clinic Biobank participants

Please visit our participant website for more details about ongoing Biobank activities and questions about your participation.

Rich data sets

“Tough research question? We will help you answer it through our data-rich, versatile biobank."

Noralane Lindor, MD, Mayo Clinic cancer geneticist

Our biorepositories are unique.

As a leading healthcare organization, Mayo Clinic has a wealth of data on over 50,000 patients – many of whom return over the course of their lives.

Most specimens are linked to patient medical records so  you can compare physical samples with patient outcomes over long periods of time. This combination of health data and blood derivatives provide a powerful resource for scientific discovery.

"This may be one of the most important legacies we can leave to future generations."

Mayo Clinic Biobank Participant

Data available includes:

  • Past and future electronic health records
  • Electronic Health Record data 15 to 20 years in length for 25,000 patients
  • Records of medications, diagnoses, lab test records, and more
  • Self-reported data from participants on current health, family health history and lifestyle factors known to confer risk of disease
  • Follow-up questionnaire four years after enrollment
  • Genetic data including GWAS and DNA sequence data (selected cases)
  • Option to re-contact participants for additional data or studies

Top lab tests measured

Sample Types

"The work that is being done with the samples we provided is just fantastic!"

Mayo Clinic Biobank participant

The Mayo Clinic Biobank is a collection of blood derivatives, including:

  • DNA
  • Serum
  • Plasma: EDTA, platelet-poor
  • Plasma: sodium citrate
  • White blood cells
  • Slow frozen cells (for 10% of participants)


Most frequent diseases (self-reported)


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Gender of Participants

The Mayo Clinic Biobank represents the broad range of patients seen at Mayo Clinic:

  • Age ranges 18-and up
  • Three-fourths joined when they were between 51 and 80 years
  • Half have 15-20 years of electronic health records
  • Diseases most frequently reported by participants include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and a large range of additional phenotypes

Download a printable brochure on our biobanks


Mayo Clinic seeks to advance research and to improve health for all people, in collaboration with scientists in both industry and academia.

How to start a project

Just contact us at 855-298-0598 (toll-free), submit a request online, or email us at mayoclinicbioservices@mayo.edu

A Mayo Clinic scientist will respond to you to understand your project and recommend a solution to meet your objectives.

Learn more about starting a project