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Biorepository Services Unit

Biorepository Services Unit

Biorepository Services

Our Biorepository Services.

We oversee a network of three bio-repositories in Abuja, Jos and Zaria. These bio-repositories receive, process, store, manage inventory control, package and distribute samples.

Biological specimens, tissues, tuberculosis isolates are safely handled to support researches, public health evaluation studies, clinical trials and HIV associated malignant studies.

Our biorepository supports investigators within and outside IHVN, Africans and international biomedical researchers. The central bio-repository in Abuja functions at international standards with funding support from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa).

The other biorepositories in Jos and Zaria continue to support IHVN programs. Samples from health facilities supported by the Institute are shipped to any of the three bio-repositories for long-term storage.

All the bio-repositories use state-of-the art Freezer Works electronic software to store samples. There are also power backups to ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity.

IHVN bio-repositories are adequately equipped with instruments such as water distillers, autoclaves, biological safety hoods, flammable storage cabinets, solvent


Laboratory scientists at work in the IHVN biorepository at the IHVN Campus in Abuja

storage cabinets, and centrifuges (refrigerated and non-refrigerated), FASCalibur, MagNA Pure, Light cycler, Next Gen Sequencing equipment (NGS).

For more information about our bio-banking activities, visit, www.i-hab.org


  • Collection - to ensure the highest quality source materials.
  • Processing - according to strictly controlled Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance/Quality Control standards.
  • Storage - in optimal high-security conditions (room temperature, 4OC refrigerators, -20°C and-80°C freezers, vapor and liquid phase nitrogen tanks). State-of the-art inventory tracking ensures bio-specimen integrity.
  • Distribution - as authorized by the client. This includes retrieval from storage, packing, and shipping at optimal temperatures according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) and international import/export regulations.

Other Achievements

  • I-HAB has a state-of-the-art Laboratory Management Systems for real-time, accountable tracking of all processes and inventory.
  • Training in all biobanking practices and policies according to international best practice guidelines.
  • Being NHREC certified to operate biobanks.

Biorepository Team