Biospecimen Support

COVID-19 update: BioNet specimen procurement services are temporarily unavailable and procurement staff are not on campus. This change will be in place until further notice. In addition, the Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS) repository and histology lab are in minimal operations mode, with staff only coming to campus for critical functions (e.g., if an alarm goes off). Please direct any questions to Joe Menth, interim BLS Program Director,

Centralized biospecimen research support

The mission of CTSI's Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS) is to provide high-quality centralized biospecimen research support while ensuring patient care and confidentiality. 

Divisions of BLS include:

BLS is a University of Minnesota Internal and External Service Organization. Infrastructure is also supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494, the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA), and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). 

For general inquiries, contact BLS at