Biobank Services

The Stanford Biobank is a School of Medicine core research facility dedicated to providing all investigators with biobanking resources.

We provide a range of biorepository services, including long-term, on-site and off-site sample storage options and laboratory management software to track and maintain secure records (Laboratory Inventory Management System, LIMS), education with our SOPs and industry best-practice.

The Stanford University School of Medicine supports a number of shared research facilities housing specialized scientific instruments and services, a full list of facilities can be found here


We have structured our services to accommodate biobanks of all sizes. To support your biobanking needs we offer the following:

Sample Management (full service)

The Stanford Biobank will manage sample inventory in the Biobanks own freezers. We are able to provide long-term storage and other on-demand services related to your specimens (such as legacy migrations and sample retrievals).


Designed to support management of inventory in researcher freezers. Stanford Biobank is able to provide staff training and access to our EHR-connected software, to support sample inventory records.

In-Lab Sample Management

Stanford Biobank will exclusively manage biorepository samples already stored in researcher’s freezers. The Biobank will perform retrievals and inventory accessioning.

Legacy Repository Re-inventory

Assistance with re-inventorying legacy repositories. We are able to provide recommendations and tools to support this effort, or provide Biobank staff to perform this work.

Sample Retrievals and Shipping 

Stanford Biobank is able to retrieve and deliver samples in a timely manner. Time will vary depending on the size of the request. We can prepare shipments of samples to collaborating institutions upon request.


Pricing and service ordering is available through the Stanford Shared Facilities Management System (iLab):

Researchers benefit from funding to support the Biobank from the School of Medicine Dean’s office, with significant subsidies.