Our Services

The Lowy Biorepository has the knowledge and infrastructure to provide a complete service for the life cycle of your specimens.

  • Planning: Collection Protocols tailored to your specimen requirements are set up in conjunction with the Biorepository Manager.
  • Collection/Processing: Thorough, consistently applied standard operating procedures are in place to ensure dependable and reproducible specimen processing. These processes can be tailored to your Collection Protocol requirements.
  • Storage: Integrated management of specimens, including a complete chain of custody once the specimen enters the secure Lowy Biorepository facility and storage in temperature-controlled equipment which is monitored and linked to an alert system to ensure continuous protection.
  • Retrieval: Specimens requested through the Lowy Biorepository are retrieved and dispatched within 48 hours with cold chain logistics put in place to ensure temperature-sensitive samples are constantly monitored and properly packaged during handling and shipping. The Lowy Biorepository facility is located adjacent to a secure area for the receipt and shipping of specimens.
  • Disposal: We offer a specimen destruction service for closing studies for which we have maintained a Collection Protocol, or for those specimens which are no longer able to be stored or used.

We also offer a research grant application assistance service, for researchers requiring costs of biospecimens and associated health data for inclusion in their grant applications. Visit our grant assistance page for further details.

hand and cryovials

Researchers wishing to request specimens from the Lowy Biorepository should complete the Specimen Application form or enquire directly to the Biorepository Manager.

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The Lowy Biorepository handles a range of specimen types, including:
– blood
– body fluids, and
– fresh tissue specimens.

frozen samples

The Lowy Biorepository offers a long-term specimen storage service, with a variety of temperature ranges to accommodate the exact temperature requirements of your biospecimens.


The Lowy Biorepository offers a specimen processing service with online inventory tracking via the caTissue biospecimen informatics system.