The Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) in Rockville, Maryland is a premier biorepository and biobanking facility in the Washington DC area with over 40 years of experience in biospecimen storage. Incorporated in 1948 in Chicago, Illinois under the name American Foundation for the Study of Genetics, BRI pioneered the cryopreservation of bovine semen which is the foundation of in vitro fertilization techniques used for agricultural purposes.
Renamed American Foundation for Biological Research in 1956 and doing business in the state of Maryland since 1968, BRI provides researchers and institutions around the world with low temperature storage space for clinical specimens. BRI is accredited with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and serves clients across government, academia, and industry. Our capabilities to store and distribute precious biological materials help speed research and hasten the discovery of cures and treatments.
BRI’s biorepository is a 20,000 ft2 low-temperature storage facility which currently stores over 6 million biospecimens including peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), plasma, serum, tissues, and other body fluids to support several programs critical to the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. In addition, BRI provides custom biorepository services to companies, medical institutions, and academic and government laboratories. BRI uses an advanced laboratory data management system to track and manage biospecimens.
We offer a wide range of storage options including ambient, 4°C, -20°C, -80°C and liquid nitrogen (-196°C). Sample integrity is essential to BRI. We maintain the cold chain custody of samples in a frozen and/or refrigerated state throughout storage. All mechanical freezers and liquid nitrogen tanks as well as ambient conditions are monitored electronically 24/7. In addition, BRI staff manually monitors all temperatures. In the event of an emergency, BRI is equipped with generators for back-up power and houses spare freezers to be utilized as needed.
BRI staff are GCLP and IATA-compliant and undergo annual training with all domestic and international regulations for receiving and shipping of biological substances. BRI also has on-site full-time engineers to perform maintenance service on all freezers and are on-call in the event of an emergency. You can rest easy knowing our team of expert biobankers and repository technicians are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of your samples.
To contribute to the worldwide efforts in ending the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, BRI is continuing its mission to provide secure cold storage and remote monitoring to support your COVID-19 research. We have the capacity to store your valuable COVID-19 related materials, including biospecimens, test-kits, and other research supplies. Our combined efforts will greatly enhance our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 while shedding light on other coronaviruses. With rapid deposits and retrievals available, you can access your biospecimens safely and efficiently during business hours. You can count on us to provide high-quality protection of your products while you conduct your research.