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Biorepository Services

For several decades, the CTRC has cryopreserved biospecimens for investigators. We are modernizing our storage capabilities based on a more functional, sustainable, and standardized model. Improvements in infrastructure, data management, and operational guidelines are necessary in order to achieve this goal.

Starting on 5-1-18, the CTRC became a Service Recharge Center. During this transition, we worked closely with other institutional biorepositories and the University of Utah Financial Business Services to develop affordable cryostorage rates. The following cryostorage rates have been approved by the University of Utah and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

CTRC Cryostorage Pricing for FY18
- 1 cryobox stored in the -80 Freezer/Per month                  $0.75
- 1 cryobox stored in Liquid Nitrogen/Per month                  $1.50

Stored samples will be monitored 24/7 by CTRC and we are responsible for the maintenance, repair, and replacement of any cryostorage.

We welcome any biorepository inquiries and will help you find the right amount and type of cryostorage space


The CTRC has newly acquired the following freezer equipment:

  • One ThermoFisher TSX60086A -80 Freezer.
  • Four Thermo Scientific CryoExtra High-Efficiency Cryogenic Storage Systems

Data Management

We are transitioning to OpenSpecimen, a web-based software platform that tracks collection, processing, storage, and distribution of biospecimens.


We are establishing guiding principles for cryopreserving biospecimens in the CTRC. Once this document has been completed, it can be downloaded on this page.