Rotary Club Diekirch-Ettelbruck visits IBBL

On June 19, IBBL (Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg) welcomed the Rotary Club Diekirch-Ettelbruck for a guided visit of its new facilities.

About 20 participants from the Club attended the visit, which took place at IBBL’s new building in Dudelange this afternoon. The guided tour, which included a visit to the laboratories (Biorefinery department) and the biological sample storage area (Biorepository), allowed the members of the Club to familiarise themselves with the activities of the biobank.

“As Rotarians, we are always interested in discovering and supporting innovative and ground-breaking projects with a tangible societal impact. For this reason, we were keen to find out more about the way in which biobanks, and specifically IBBL, are contributing to advancing healthcare through personalised medicine. A guided tour of such remarkable state-of-the-art facilities is therefore the best way to gain an insight into the thriving biomedical research ecosystem here in Luxembourg”, states Gérard Schanen, President of the Rotary Club Diekirch-Ettelbruck.

“We have a very close and long-standing relationship with Luxembourg Rotary Clubs”, adds Dr. Fay Betsou, Chief Scientific Officer at IBBL. “Indeed, the Rotary Clubs have been extensively supporting IBBL’s and, in general, Luxembourg’s biomedical research efforts through numerous fund-raising initiatives. We are delighted to be able to show the work we are carrying out through guided visits such as today’s”, she concludes.

The visit was followed by a friendly dinner, offered by the Club.

Founded in 1963, the Rotary Club Diekirch-Ettelbruck is part of the worldwide Rotary organisation, a network of over 35,000 clubs which aims to promote integrity, advance world understanding, goodwill and peace, and whose members voluntarily commit to improving the living conditions for every citizen.