The GRCF Biorepository at Johns Hopkins is dedicated to meeting all of your short and long-term cryostorage requirements. Located onsite at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus, the GRCF Biorepository offers a range of frozen storage options for various specimens (to name a few: blood, sera, plasma and viable mammalian cells) as well as controlled ambient storage. In 2013 the GRCF Biorepository was recognized as a CAP accredited facility, offering superior services in repository storage, cryopreservation, cryostorage, bioshipping and bioprocessing. Further, the Biorepository & Cell Center is an active member and strictly adheres to guidelines set forth by ISBER best biorepository practices.
The GRCF Biorepository at Johns Hopkins maintains secure and continually monitored storage for up to 1 million vials. Services are available for specimens requiring liquid nitrogen vapor phase temperatures (< -160°C), ultra-low (-80°C) temperatures, standard -20°C storage temperatures and ambient storage. Barcoded vial labels are electronically tracked using a relational database compliant with both CAP regulations and 21CFR part 11 and GxP requirements. Temperatures and dry contacts on all freezers and equipment are continually monitored by a Rees Scientific 24-7 data tracking and alarm system. GRCF Biorepository personnel are always on call to respond in the event of an emergency.
The GRCF Biorepository is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm for convenient deposit and retrieval of specimens. A four-hour advance notice is requested for timely sample retrieval.
All deposited specimens are required a minimal amount of information maintained on the vial: sample designation, date, investigator name and sample type (blood, urine, fibroblasts, cell line etc). If this information is not available on the deposited vials we will be happy to supply deposits with a bar coded and human readable, cryoapproved label (relabel fees apply).