Storage & Shipping

Biospecimen Storage

We offer both short and long-term storage for your biospecimens. Our facilities house –180 degree liquid nitrogen tanks and cryo-freezers to ensure study specific biospecimen samples (such as: fresh frozen and formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue, compartmentalized blood components such as serum, plasma, and whole blood and other biofluids, including urine, saliva, throat and nasal swabs, etc.) are preserved using best practices and high-quality standards.  Our routinely checked tanks and freezers mean you can store your samples here with utmost confidence that your samples maintain their integrity and viability.

We perform annual calibration on all freezers to ensure sample quality and longevity. All of our ultra-low-temperature freezers are closely monitored 24/7 with individual freezer alarms and our entire cryo-storage facility is enabled with an O2 sensor alarm system. Furthermore, our established security provides you assurance that your samples are safeguarded.

Shipping Activities:

  • Shipping supplies
  • Courier Fee

Princess Margaret Cancer Biobank offers specialized shipping, tracking and documentation for stored biospecimens, both domestically and internationally.

Our experienced team ensures proper handling of biospecimens and strict adherence to distinct regulations and best practices during the shipping process to guarantee a high-integrity and a safe, timely delivery of samples.  Shipments are equipped with special data-loggers to monitor temperature during transit and shipping process including Liquid Nitrogen top-ups, as needed.

  • CONFIDENCE

    Our routinely checked tanks and freezers mean you can store biospecimens with utmost confidence that your samples maintain their integrity and viability.

  • ANNUAL CALIBRATION

    We perform annual calibration on all freezers to ensure sample quality and longevity.

  • 24/7 MONITORING

    Our ultra-low-temperature freezers are closely monitored 24/7 with individual freezer alarms and our entire cryo-storage facility is enabled with an O2 sensor alarm system.

  • SECURITY

    Established security provides you with the assurance that your samples are safeguarded.