Specimen bank

Specimen bank

To support the development of new and existing diagnostic tools, the FIND Specimen Bank currently has 400,000+ samples, collected over many years from 14,500 participants at 25 global sites. From collection to delivery, we pride ourselves in making available high-quality, well-characterized samples that we ship worldwide, on time and in good condition.

Our collections

More information on individual collections are available through the links below, as well as through the DxConnect Virtual Biobank. FIND also hosts a tuberculosis collection for the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and contributes to WHO specimen banks for human African trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis.

Covid-19TuberculosisMalariaHepatitis CFeverAMR

Submit your request

All requests should be submitted online using the provided Material Request Form. Submissions are evaluated by the Specimen Bank Review Committee (SBRC) and approved based on supporting evidence and data, relevance to public health, technological adaptability, and affordability.

Please allow two weeks for this process.

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As a non-profit, FIND asks users to cover all shipping costs and pay a small handling fee of US$50−US$200 per sample (depending on disease and characterization). If you have any questions on this, or our sample request process, please contact specimenbank@finddx.org.

To support the development of global diagnostic tools, FIND kindly asks that all Specimen Bank users report back on data derived and share results with the wider scientific community.

More than a sample supplier

With many years of experience in the development and uptake of diagnostics, FIND brings a deep understanding of disease profiles, country and regional contexts, and product development processes to the table. Partner as well as supplier, we can help your team navigate:

  • Product design and development
  • Validation test set-up and management
  • Regulatory approvals and WHO endorsement

If you need help with any part of this development process, or are unsure about the type, or quantity of samples you require, please contact us at specimenbank@finddx.org.

“They brought international expertise in how to tailor development and validation services. They gauged the readiness of our product and understood the process of getting WHO endorsement.” Molbio

Invest in us

In addition to our Specimen Bank, FIND is also working to connect and build the capacity of biobanking services in low- and middle-income countries. To find out more about how you can support this work please contact specimenbank@finddx.org.


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