The Sample Processing and Storage Service, in operation since 1993, supports scientific research in the biomedical field by processing and storing samples for use in both basic and clinical research. The service emerged as an essential part of HIV/AIDS research, and nowadays, thanks to more than 25 years of experience in the processing and preservation of samples, the team works with samples from a wide variety of mainly infectious diseases, such as HIV, SARS-CoV-2, hepatitis, and monkeypox. Since its creation, the service has processed some 120,000 patient samples and now manages one of the largest sample collections in Spain.
Its biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory ensures proper processing and storage of a wide variety of human samples. The facilities also include various cryobiology rooms equipped with ultra-low freezers (-80ºC) and tanks of liquid nitrogen (-196ºC), permanently monitored through computerized recording and remote alarm systems.
The team has over 25 years of experience in the isolation and storage of PBMCs, plasma, serum, urine, faeces, semen, vaginal fluid, biopsy material, etc. Some 300 samples are processed monthly.
In-house Standard Operating Procedures apply, but are adapted to the sample processing and storage protocols of sponsors for multicentre studies and to particular quality control and variable recording requirements.
This service is part of the CERCA GINYS platform, funded by CERCA with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Head: Eulàlia Grau