Preservation, Patent Deposit and Biological Material Storage Services

NCIMB provides a patent deposit service under the Budapest Treaty, as well as a range of preservation and storage services for your important biological material.

Patent Deposit, Preservation and Storage

Why use NCIMB patent deposit and storage services?

  • NCIMB has more than 70 years experience of preserving and safely storing biological material.

  • Since 1982 NCIMB has been recognised around the world as a depository of biological material that is the subject of patent applications.

  • We operate a well established quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015 and are regularly audited by customers, so you can be confident that your material is in safe hands.

  • We offer a range of storage options and can tailor a package to your needs.

Our customers

Our patent deposit and biological material storage services are used by companies of all sizes from around the globe. We also provide off-site storage for academic researchers.

What we can store

NCIMB can store bacteria, plasmids, DNA, fungi, bacteriophage, plasmids, plant seeds and plant cell tissue culture. See our patent deposit and biological material storage service pages for more information about what we can store for each of these services.

Additional services

We offer a range of additional services that can be valuable for companies and researchers storing biological material or making patent deposits. For example we can identify bacteria, moulds and yeasts, and undertake whole genome sequencing of bacteria.

Looking for more information about our preservation, patent deposit or storage services?


Microbial preservation

NCIMB's offers freeze drying and cryopreservation services to help you maintain your own stock cultures.

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Patent Deposit Service

Patent Deposit Service

NCIMB is an International Depositary Authority under the Budapest Treaty .

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Biological Storage

Biological Material Storage

Protect your valuable biological material with an off-site back-up.

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