Biobanks store samples in freezer units at -80 degrees Celsius or approximately -165 degrees Celsius in the gas phase of liquid nitrogen. They are monitored around the clock. If a cooling unit fails, a business continuity plan is immediately implemented.
Biobank and quality management experts, IT specialists and specially trained technical staff ensure that the samples are processed, stored and issued in the highest possible quality. Incoming samples are automatically registered, encrypted and then usually processed by robots. Robots also ensure the automated storage and retrieval of samples from the cold stores.
The high level of professionalism of centralised biobanks makes them competent, reliable advice and service facilities for doctors and researchers alike.