The first National Biobank on ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, was inaugurated on Thursday 20th, June 2019 in Rome, at the University Hospital Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, by the President of the Council Giuseppe Conte. The Biobank was created, in collaboration with the Policlinico Gemelli Foundation and Biorep Gemelli Biobank, thanks to financial support of Selex Group. "The birth of the National Biobank on ALS is an essential tool for research on this disease that gives a real hope for the patients and for their families" – commented Marialuisa Lavitrano, director of BBMRI Italy, together with Prof. Giovanni Scambia, scientific director of the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital Foundation IRCCS. In the new biobank up to 380 thousand biological samples can be stored in ten containers that will host tissues or blood samples, and that will be cryopreserved with nitrogen vapor at temperatures between -20 and -190 degrees. The Council President, Giuseppe Conte, said to the Corriere della Sera: "I will return to my office duties even more convinced that we must invest a lot in research and I assure you that I will do my job ».  

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