University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine Tissue Bank

The Tissue Bank is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) to source, organise, collect, prepare, store and distribute a diverse collection of human tissues and biological products. All tissue is collected with patient consent and distributed anonymously only to National Research Ethics Service (NRES) approved studies. This valuable resource is available to aid the study of cancer biology and other associated research. The Tissue Bank allows for rapid access to a plethora of biological materials supported by an inventory management system. Tissues currently available include normal and malignant snap frozen tissue, FFPE blocks, fresh biopsy tissues, blood products and biological fluids. Collections are organized by Tissue Bank staff and include a wide variety of cancer classifications. The Tissue Bank currently holds over 100,000 vials.

Existing samples:

  • Malignant lymphoma (disorder)
  • Malignant neoplasm of liver
  • Malignant neoplasm of skin
  • Malignant tumor of kidney (disorder)
  • Malignant tumor of prostate (disorder)
  • Malignant tumor of thyroid gland (disorder)
  • Malignant tumour of breast
  • Malignant tumour of colon
  • Malignant tumour of lung
  • Malignant tumour of ovary
  • Osteosarcoma of bone


  • Confederation of Cancer Biobanks

Contact Information


Somers Cancer Research Building
University ot Southampton
Mailpoint 824
Tremona Road
SO16 6YD

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A