Biological Material Storage Services

Protect your valuable biological material with our trusted range of storage services.

NCIMB provides confidential preservation and off-site storage services that can reduce the risk of loss of your important biological materials.  Whether you are looking for a cGMP standard off-site back-up of your production strains, or your laboratory is simply short of freezer space, we can tailor a package that suits your needs.

For more than 50 years, NCIMB has been managing and maintaining the largest depository of industrially useful and environmental bacteria in the UK, the National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria.  Since 1982 we have been recognised around the world as a depository for biological material that is the subject of patent applications.  We have built on that knowledge, capability and expertise to develop our range of confidential biological material storage services.

What we store

At NCIMB we accept biological material up to ACDP category 2 and ACGM class 1.

We can store:

  • bacteria
  • plasmids
  • bacteriophage
  • DNA
  • protozoa
  • fungi
  • algae
  • orthodox plant seeds
  • plant cell tissue cultures

Who do we store it for?

We offer our biological material storage services to companies of all sizes, universities and research organisations in the UK and overseas.  Our customers store strains that are used in their commercial products and processes, as well as material that is central to research projects.  We offer a special rate for academics or companies working on grant funded projects when they commit to several years storage at a time. Download our pdf to find out more about our academic storage package or contact us for more information.

Safe Deposit or cGMP Secure Storage

We offer our biological material storage customers a choice of Safe Deposit or cGMP Secure storage. Both choices include a full range of storage temperature options.

We have decades of experience in the preservation and storage of biological materials and NCIMB operates a well-established quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015, so whichever level of storage you choose, you can be confident your important material is in safe hands.

Many of our clients require a storage service managed to cGMP standards and we provide this.  Our cGMP storage packages follow auditable procedures using validated equipment.  They can be tailored to your requirements and include a choice of features including dedicated, high security and customised storage vessels or areas.

We are regularly audited by our blue chip clients from the UK and overseas, ensuring we meet their high standards.

Please contact us for more information.

Storage temperature options

Vapour phase liquid nitrogen < -120°C
Ultra low temperature -70°C to -90°C
Low temperature -15°C to -20°C
Refrigerated storage 2°C to 8°C

Preparation for storage

Biological material can be sent to us ready for immediate storage, or prepared by us in a number of formats, including freeze drying.  We can also freeze dry cultures and return them to you.

We can undertake viability testing of material prior to storage if required, and at agreed intervals thereafter.  An annual report on the maintenance of stored products can also be provided.

Please contact us to find out more about our Biological Material Storage Services.