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ShARM’s biorepository is housed in dedicated space with cryogenic tanks and -80°C freezers, with a total capacity of more than 1.5 million samples. Liquid nitrogen supply is automated, and the whole facility is secured and monitored 24/7 by an outside control room which is immediately notified if a problem is detected.
Storage is controlled by a highly secure database, with standards compliant for the HTA regulations for biobanking. The database recognises each individual tissue with a barcode, enabling to trace the origin of the tissue and easy retrieval of samples without repeated exposure to warmer temperatures.