IBRH3AU is a state-of-the-art world class biorepository of well annotated biospecimens available to African and International researchers for genomic discovery projects.
Whereas Biospecimen collection is done by H3Africa Consortium researchers, quality control and assurance for collection and processing is key to ensure long term future usability.
H3Africa Sample processing at the different Biorepositories is performed according to SOPs that minimize variation and prepare the biospecimen for storage according to ISBER standards.
H3Africa storage capacity in the dedicated facilities is composed of room temperature freezers, freezers -20°C and-80°C and liquid phase nitrogen tanks among others.
This involves retrieving Biospecimens from storage, packaging and shipment tracking to and from the H3Africa Consortium researchers.
H3Africa Biorepositories provide Quality Assurance and Quality Control services of the Specimens in their archives.
IBRH3AU Biorepository provides trainings in Biobanking practices, NextGEN sequencing and Bioinformatics.