I'm getting in touch to gauge interest in a new commercial venture for providing ultra-low temperature storage at Manchester Uni.
I've seen firsthand the problems associated with storage of biological samples in -80oC freezers and liquid nitrogen; from the worries about cross contamination in communal LN stores and the health and safety issues associated with its use, to finding space and funding for new -80oC freezers as well as monitoring their temperature to ensure sample integrity.
There are outsourcing options available but they can be inconvenient as samples are stored off site. It's also expensive and often involves long term contracts.
I'm keen to find out whether there would be interest in a third way, where -80oC and -150oC freezers (as a substitute for LN) are provided and managed by a company but located on-site within your University building. You'd get hassle-free storage, 24/7 access to your samples and you'd only pay for the space you need when you need it.
I've attached a short survey with a few simple questions about your current ultra low temperature storage set up, how you'd like to store samples in the future and whether a commercial, on site facility as outlined above would be of interest to you. The survey shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes and I'll send a £5 Starbucks voucher to the first 20 respondents (leave your name and email in the 'Any other thoughts and comments box' at the end so I know where to send the voucher).