MRC Epidemiology Unit BioRepository

Submitted by Rebecca Stratford on Tue, 02/23/2021 - 09:45

The Biorepository is a state of the art laboratory based in the centre of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, providing research support for studies and clinical trials locally and internationally. It operates under the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. It has expertise in supporting small research projects through to large multi-site national studies where it receives, processes, stores, retrieves blood and other research material. The facility has some of the most advanced automated systems for retrieving and arraying biological material for biomarker applications. In addition to this, it has efficient and cost effective systems for nucleic acid extraction from a variety of sample types and can provide a full quantification and Quality Control service. All the material that is processed in the laboratory is entered into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). This provides a full electronic chain of custody for samples. The facility has monitored automated and manual Ultra Low Temperature Freezers that can be used for short or long term storage and a team of expert staff to provide dedicated research support. The facility is licenced by the Human Tissue Authority to store and process tissue for research purposes.

Services on offer include biological sample management from receipt, processing, storage and distribution, DNA/RNA extraction and quality control, genotyping, immunoassay biomarker measurements and project management.


Biological Sciences, Health & Food
Biological sample management
Human tissue
Blood fractionation
Sample storage
DNA/RNA Extraction



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Level 2, F&G Block, Addenbrookes Hospital
Box 178, Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
East of England
United Kingdom

Last auto update on:: 23 Feb 2021 : 09 am