State-of-the-art Storage Facilities for Clinical Trial Samples

Today, when conducting remote research, various sites present a range of challenges — but Cerba ensures certainty. Be risk-averse and avoid unnecessarily prolonged transportation by preserving invaluable clinical trial samples in one of Cerba’s state-of-the-art, strategically located storage facilities.

As regulations are becoming increasingly stringent, it is vital that each research commitment is met. To do this, all Cerba Research global storage sites feature:  

  • Dedicated receiving, retrieval storage and shipment areas
  • Experienced staff
  • QC of all incoming and outgoing shipments
  • Sample tracking Electronically barcoded
  • Shipping aligned with IATA standards
  • Short- and long-term sample storage
  • Temperatures from ambient to -80 °C, with liquid nitrogen available

State-of-the-art storage facilities for clinical trial samples

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South Africa (BARC SA)

Cerba’s leading-edge biobank in South Africa was launched in 2009. It is one of the biggest biobanking facilities in the southern hemisphere. When storing samples at this facility, customers benefit from:

  • Internationally renowned first-class extraction facility
  • Nationally and internationally recognized storage of clinical samples for over 13 diseases
  • Optimal storage conditions, including for perpetual preservation of samples
    • Ambient (20 °C to 30 °C)
    • Refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C)
    • Frozen (-20 °C, -80 °C and -196 °C)
  • Routine relabeling, de-identification, anonymization and un-blinding services
  • Shipping aligned with IATA standards
  • Storage capacity for more than 7 million clinical samples
    • 760,000 in the liquid nitrogen vapor phase
    • 6.4 million at -80 °C
  • 24/7 FDA-approved independent system that facilitates real-time continuous monitoring of temperature, liquid and oxygen levels, and relevant equipment performance parameters; parameters documented electronically and communicated to the standby staff in case of error with SMS notification via two independent service providers.

About Cerba Research

For over 35 years, Cerba Research has been setting the industry standard for exemplary clinical trial conduct. Today, across five continents, with a focus on precision medicine, we are changing the paradigm of the central lab’s role in complex clinical research.

From protocol inception through development and to market, our passionate experts deliver the highest quality specialized and personalized laboratory and diagnostic solutions. Partner with us for the most efficient strategy to actualize your biotech and pharmaceutical products sooner and improve the lives of patients worldwide.


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Last updated: Mar 16, 2023 at 12:01 PM

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