Biomaterial Storage Services

Protect your valuable biological material by using our range of ISO9001:2015 accredited and cGMP compliant, storage solutions.

NCIMB offers a range of confidential biomaterial preservation and storage solutions to meet your disaster recovery plan requirements. Whether you are looking for additional, secure, off-site storage of bacterial 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

Auditable, validated and secure

Our storage packages follow auditable procedures using validated equipment. They include a full range of storage temperature options, as well as a choice of security features. We provide tailored storage solutions, which can range from storage for a single box of ampoules, to dedicated, high security and customised storage vessels or areas. 

Please contact us to discuss your requirements and request a quotation.

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

Quality Assurance

NCIMB operates a well-established quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015, and all our services meet this standard. Many of our clients require a storage service managed to cGMP standards and we can provide this. We are regularly audited by our blue chip clients from the UK and overseas, ensuring we meet their high standards.

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.