Biobanking
Robotic systems for cryogenic biorepositories

  • Store and retrieve one to hundreds of samples
  • Fit with existing tanks and database 
  • Easy-to-Drive and efficient 
  • Improve users’ safety 
  • Protect samples quality with cold chain management
  • 100% traceability control

Biobanking
Robotic systems for cryogenic biorepositories

  • Store and retrieve one to hundreds of samples
  • Fit with existing tanks and database 
  • Easy-to-Drive and efficient 
  • Improve users’ safety 
  • Protect samples quality with cold chain management
  • 100% traceability control
Biobanking: automation & cryogenics - IRELEC

As the number of stored samples grows continuously, and as a result the number of manual retrieval and storage operations, cryogenic biobank automation is a key opportunity to improve both sample quality and user safety.

Automation of existing equipment, with existing practices

IRELEC has designed a fully automated system with a unique architecture that fits in with existing biobank equipment and database software:

  • The system is built using standard storage architecture: samples are stored in boxes, stowed inside racks, in cryogenic tanks
  • It works with existing tanks by just adding an automation kit
  • It is linked to the biorepository database software

Best user safety and working conditions

All operations are programmed by users on their database software.
The automated system carries out all the painstaking operations: tank opening, rack retrieval from the tank, box retrieval from the racks, sample transfers.
Users place a shuttle box (empty or with ready-to-be-stored samples) onto a secure transfer drawer which provides access to the secure automated system: a closed area with safety PLC.

Efficient and Easy-to-operate

This system greatly improves the user experience: a single schedule is implemented to retrieve or store from one to hundreds of samples, and users are not required to wait during the operation. They are informed when the programmed operation has been completed.
A seamless access to on-going operation status is provided.

Sample cold chain management and traceability

As sample exposure times at room temperature are critical, transfer operations are carried out in nitrogen-cooled areas. Each sample is individually monitored during its entire storage life, from its initial deposit to its final delivery, during all its movements outside the cryogenic tank due to the retrieval or storage of adjacent samples.

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Automated compact system

Automated Compact System
Stand-alone automated system

  • 1 to 4 cryogenic Dewars
  • Autonomous system with sample monitoring
  • Remote control from the biobank database
  • Closed area with safety PLC

Automated Compact System
Stand-alone automated system

  • 1 to 4 cryogenic Dewars
  • Autonomous system with sample monitoring
  • Remote control from the biobank database
  • Closed area with safety PLC

Automated Extensible System
Custom automated system

  • Design adapted to specific environment and constraints
  • For biorepositories of all sizes and configuration
  • Number of Cryogenic Dewars not limited

Automated Extensible System
Custom automated system

  • Design adapted to specific environment and constraints
  • For biorepositories of all sizes and configuration
  • Number of Cryogenic Dewars not limited

References

The Biological Resource Centre of Grenoble University Hospital is equipped with an IRELEC Automated Compact System