The UNSW Biorepository has the knowledge and infrastructure to provide a complete service for the life cycle of your specimens.

Biorepository Services

The Biorepository can also supply biospecimens for research


The Health Science Alliance (HSA) Biobank is an initiative of the Translational Cancer Research Network and is housed within the UNSW Biorepository. The HSA Biobank is collecting and storing biospecimens and associated information from consenting participants undergoing surgery or other procedures at hospitals within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). It is a unique and varied collection of biospecimens and associated data that is available to all researchers undertaking HREC-approved studies.

The HSA Biobank currently holds over 13,000 tissue specimens from more than 3200 patients, from a wide range of cancer types (e.g. breast, ovary, endometrium, haematological, colorectal, skin, liver, lung)

Researchers can apply for access to this large and ongoing resource through the UNSW Biorepository.

More information about the HSA Biobank can be found at:


How to Request Specimens

Access to Biospecimens must be applied for using the UNSW biorepository specimen application form. Researchers wishing to request specimens from the Biorepository should submit their enquiry via email to the Biorepository Manager at


We use a cost recovery schedule that accurately reflects the costs associated with specimen collection, processing, costs of consumables, and storage. The User will be advised of these charges on a case by case basis. Contact the Biorepository for more details.


Cost Recovery Schedule 2021

Specimen Processing Cost Estimate

Specimen Storage Cost Estimate


Grant Application Assistance

The UNSW Biorepository offers a grant application assistance service for researchers wanting to include the costs of biospecimens and associated data that are a direct requirement of your research project for grant rounds, such as NHMRC.
We can provide you with a quote for specimen access and storage, and a description of Biorepository services and benefits, to include in your application.
Please complete our Research Grant Cost Estimate Form and we will respond to your request within five working days.
Contact the Biorepository Manager for further information about this service: