Biological Material Storage Services

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

NCIMB offers a range of confidential biomaterial preservation and storage solutions to meet your disaster recovery plan requirements. Whether you are looking for safe off-site storage of bacterial production strains, a back-up for research material, or are 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 biomaterial 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

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.

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 discuss your requirements and pricing details.