Fresh human tissues, biofluids, biosamples

We offer fresh tissues, organs and blood from deceased donors and clinical donors.

Transparency and Quality

We are transparent about the dedicated sites we work with and encourage researchers to join us in direct, in depth technical discussions with the tissue recovery and research managers at our partner hospital biobanks and body donation centers.

This ensures that all aspects of your project, including the optimum tissue preparation protocol, are fully understood and agreed in advance, maximizing the quality and utility of the specimens provided for your experiments.

Post mortem tissues and organs – Location and Collection

Our post mortem donation facility and clinical biorepository are located in the US for your convenience and reassurance.

This makes it possible to provide customized collections of a wide range of fresh human tissues and biofluid samples, collected prospectively and prepared according to your protocol/ requirements.

You can read more about our Post mortem tissues and organs here.

Shipping

Fresh human organs, tissues or biofluids can be transported;

  • in your preferred stabilising buffer or nutrient medium to preserve any viable human tissues or cells,
  • on ice or at ambient temperature,
  • in a specialized transport fluid, such as those used for transporting organs for transplant or those developed specifically for shipping fresh tissues for research at ambient temperature for long periods.

Availability

Post mortem tissues and organs are not limited in terms of location or quantity available, severity of disease or by the need to retain samples for diagnosis, and whole organs and tissues that are not available through surgery, such as brain and spine, are available.


Donors’ medical questionnaires can be screened for comorbidities and medications.

The minimum time from donor death to sample collection is normally 3 hours, but such donors are rare so longer post mortem intervals, of 12 or more hours, will significantly increase rates of availability.

Surgical samples:

Availability of surgical/clinical samples depends on the types of surgery typically carried out for an indication; the surgical protocol and the amount of material that must be retained for diagnostic purposes as well as your own criteria.

Samples can be shipped in your preferred nutrient medium to maintain viable human tissues.
Placentas, cord blood and maternal bloods are also available.

Please complete our contact form or email info@biobankonline.com to find out how we can help you to source fresh tissue samples.


Blood samples:

Fresh blood samples can be collected in the tubes of your choice from healthy donors and donors with a range of chronic and infectious diseases via our specialist blood collection partners.

Read more about infectious disease samples.

Diseases include diabetes, HIV, Hepatitis and others.

Please let us know the details of your requirements by completing our contact form or emailing at info@biobankonline.com.

Disease types

Samples from a wide range of diseases are available or can be collected, including:

Infectious

Cancer

Inflammatory

Metabolic, Degenerative and others…

For other sample types, please see:

Frozen tissues

FFPE or formaldehyde-fixed tissues

For more in-depth information about how we can provide you with the human biosamples you need, please contact us on info@biobankonline.com.

publications

The latest peer-reviewed reviews lead-authored by Director, Margaret Clotworthy PhD, may also be of interest. Dr Clotworthy has also co-authored publications on the ethics, organisation & public acceptability of biobanking.

1. Advances in the development and use of human tissue-based

techniques for drug toxicity testing, Expert Opinion on Drug

Metabolism & Toxicology, May 2013.

2. The application of human tissue for drug discovery and

development, Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery, July 2012.