Biorepository Management
End-to-end solutions for cold-chain management that ensure continuity and integrity of biospecimens for both the research community and healthcare.

BSP provides full chain-of-custody custodianship to maintain quality human specimens in support of UCSF’s various scientific programs. The core currently manages over 1 million specimens across a fleet of ultracold freezers equipped with full remote alarm monitoring. Specimens collected are all associated with various research programs across UCSF campus, spanning over 100 faculty. The program follows best practices for bioinventory management including both on and off site space for archival material. 

Cold-Chain Logistics

  • Extensive range of storage options: ambient, -80○C and vapor phase liquid nitrogen
  • 24/7 freezer monitoring with on call out of range response staff
  • Sample receipt, reconciliation and storage
  • Sample distribution and shipping
  • Complete biospecimen life cycle tracking with integrated barcoding

Sample retrievals

  • The retrieval of formalin fixed tissue remnants from pathology tissue archives
  • Coordinating the identification of specific FFPE blocks from the pathology archive



Biorepository Expansion: BSP is currently discussing the expansion of its biorepository facility to meet faculty demand across the UCSF campus. Currently Supply Chain Management provides off-site space at Oyster Point. More coming soon on the new, cost-effective offsite faciltiy.

UCSF Freezer Initiatives: Supply Chain Management in partnership with the UCSF Schools are successfully implementing freezer cleanup program, including inventory reconciliation and freezer replacements. The reduction of UCSF's freezer footprint and use of energy-star ultracold storage equipment will ensure the campus is doing its part to reduce carbon emissions. 

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