Biobank Storage Temperatures: An Illustrative Guide

By Hannah F. Elson, Ph.D.                                                                                                                       

Storage temperatures and monitoring are critical to meeting requirements for biobank organizations. While each project varies in requirements, it is essential to understand the benefits and risks associated with each temperature option. Investigators planning to use our biorepository often ask for advice on the optimal storage temperature for their samples. There are 4 questions every investigator should ask to improve viability for long term storage.

  • What is the type of sample? 
  • What container is used for the sample? 
  • Which particular assays are planned? 
  • What length of time does the sample need to be stored? 

The InfoPoster will serve as a reference guide emphasizing and illustrating the complexity of various biospecimen storage temperatures. For the first 100 people who download this poster, we will send you a hard copy version to share with your organization, co-workers, and friends by completing the form to the right.

Biobank Storage Temperatures InfoPoster