Canadian Biosample Repository

The CBSR facility provides efficient and robust biosample processing, management, storage and retrieval infrastructure.

CBSR operates on a cost-recovery basis to investigators globally in the research community.


CBSR provides shipping, processing, storage, and retrieval of biological samples on a cost recovery basis for Investigators. Our capabilities and protocols flexible and customizable to your individual project to ensure the samples collected are the samples you need. Our storage facility is highly secure with security cameras, temperature monitoring software for logging, and the freezers are connected to the university central alarm system. CBSR claims no ownership over samples stored at our facility. Ownership is retained by the Investigators who initially collected the sample and only they can authorize retrieval from our facility.


All 750,000 samples stored at our facility are tracked using CBSR's own Biobank software. All samples are given a unique identifier in the software and assigned a location in our freezers. The software can rapidly generate lists of requested samples allowing us to pull large volumes in a single day. The software is an open source collaboration between CBSR, Ontario Health Services and, Stanford University. The software is available for free on GitHub along with several other tools that have been similarly developed.