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We are an ethically approved human research tissue bank, licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).  We were originally approved by the Leeds (East) Research Ethics Committee in September 2007 (07/H1306/98) then by the NRES Committee Yorkshire & The Humber - Leeds East. Our current approval (17/YH/0086) expires in May 2022.  See the list of Approved Tissue Banks at the Health Research Authority website.

We are one of a few tissue banks who offer a bespoke service suppling tissue, cell, and fluid samples from a wide range of disease types, in addition to those currently in the bank.

Through our Tissue Donation After Death service, we also have access to the rarer types of tissue, such as healthy brains, hearts and blood vessels, and our wide network of healthy volunteers means we can support researchers with requests for normal tissue samples.

Researchers who use us do not need individual project based ethical approval from the National Research Ethics Services (NRES).  We have a streamlined approvals process that allows us to deliver many samples within 4 weeks.  

Other services:

  • On-site healthy volunteer consent and samples in academia and industry
  • Support for NRES Approval and HTA Licensing Applications in the UK