For over 30 years, the GRCF Biorepository at Johns Hopkins has been dedicated to meeting the storage needs of the Hopkins community. Located onsite at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus, the GRCF Biorepository offers a range of frozen storage options across a diversity of sample types. In 2013, the GRCF Biorepository was recognized as a CAP-accredited facility offering superior services in storage, cryopreservation, shipping, and processing. The GRCF Biorepository is an active member of ISBER 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 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for convenient deposit and retrieval of specimens. Four-hour advance notice is requested for timely sample retrieval.

For more information, please contact us at biorepository@jhmi.edu or call 410-955-3320.