Safe, reliable storage

when experience counts

Biological storage services

CyteTech BioBank has over 150,000 samples in storage over two locations. We provide storage for all types of biological materials at state-of-the-art facilities. You get the same client focused service whether you are storing 1 or 100,000 samples, whether in our storage equipment or your own.

Our services integrate ambient, cold chain and ultra-cold chain storage with cGMP-compliant temperature control to provide a secure service for critical samples.

CyteTech BioBank is licenced by the Human Tissue Authority and holds ISO13485 accreditation.

Storage temperatures:

Controlled ambient

2-8 °C

-20°C

-80°C

-196°C vapour phase LN2

Examples of materials we store:

Tissues, cells and cell lines for research

Pathology samples

Blood products

Tissues and cells for human application

DNA

RNA

Research materials (FBS stocks, slides, paraffin blocks)

Testing materials (reagents)

Animal biologics

About Us

+20 years’ experience storing more than 150,000 donor tissue samples for research and human application across two Sussex locations. Tissue samples for clinical application transported to medical centres around the world.

HTA licenced

ISO13485 accredited

cGMP compliant

Part 11, 21 CFR compliant

Traceability

State-of-the-Art Laboratory Information Management System

GAMP 5, Part 11, 21 CFR and Annex 11 Compliant

Real time access to inventory data

Full audit trails and reporting

Secure data backup across multiple servers

Same day dispatch and retrieval of samples

The LIMS is fully integrated into all SOPs, including sample processing, automated data upload and inventory management. Risk is mitigated by enforcing adherence to correct procedure and ensuring unplanned deviations from process are not possible. The LIMS is also the backbone of our quality management system, providing automated scheduling of audits, equipment maintenance and calibration, validation, training, competency assessment, and document control.

This software has been cited as a ‘system of excellence’ by the Human Tissue Authority during biennial inspection.

Quality Assurance

01

Monitoring

Real-time temperature monitoring with onsite and remote alerts

All temperature-controlled environments including storerooms, fridges, freezers and tanks are monitored 24/7 in real time by a minimum of two temperature probes connected to onsite and remote audible and digital alarm systems.

02

Equipment

Best-in-class equipment, including a fully automated LN2 supply system

We use German-made LN2 tanks with a two-week liquid nitrogen hold time in case of supply disruptions. These tanks also include additional built-in temperature monitoring and alarm systems and are Medcert certified. Additionally, our LN2 supply system is fully automated for both sample and supply tank refills.

03

Portal

Real-time access to sample data and online sample return and release requests

Unique sample portal provides clients with 24/7 access to sample inventory and a complete audit trail.  The portal can also be used to make same-day sample release requests and schedule transfer of additional material to our sites.

04

Logistics

In-house national and international sample logistics services

Our team have extensive experience shipping biological materials at temperatures from controlled ambient to -196°C throughout the UK and overseas.  We provide comprehensive logistics support, including documentation, transportation and customs clearance.

05

Contingency

Comprehensive redundancy and contingency planning

We operate a multi-layered redundancy system, including geographically separate facilities enabling samples to be transferred in the event of a local incident, tanks that can hold temperature for 14 days, and dedicated couriers who can relocate samples with 1-2 hours’ notice.

06

Security

Onsite and remote intruder alarms and CCTV

Both sites are protected by comprehensive CCTV and motion detection systems. The intruder alarm system is linked to 24/7 remote monitoring and prompts immediate police response if triggered.  

Customisability

Tailored storage options available upon request

Including made-to-order cryobox, racking and draw systems for bespoke sample types and packaging.

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