Surgical Discard Tissue Procurement

NDRI works with a network of hospital pathology departments to recover surgically removed tissue for biomedical research use. Recovered tissues have a post-surgery to preservation interval of less than 4 hours and can be delivered to researchers within 24 hours. Normal or diseased tissues can be sent to researchers fresh in media with antibiotics, frozen or fixed. You will receive a final pathology report, if applicable, as soon as the information becomes available following the recovery.

Examples of surgically removed tissue samples include:

  • Tumor samples — primary or metastatic cancer
  • Normal adjacent tissue (NAT)
  • Normal skin and adipose tissues from resections/reductions (abdominoplasty, panniculectomy, breast reductions)
  • Diseased cartilage from total knee replacements
  • Tonsils and spleen

Cancer Program

NDRI has provided thousands of tumor samples to many of the country’s leading scientists for DNA and RNA research, the development of cancer cell lines, and the discovery of new drug targets and biomarkers.
Specimens are available from a large variety of cancer types within four hours’ post excision. In addition to tumor samples, we can provide:

Birth Tissue Program for Stem Cell Research

NDRI supports stem cell research to help scientists better understand the mechanism of stem cell growth and proliferation in order to develop therapies that may one day be used to treat a host of common diseases. We can provide birth tissue, including cord blood, umbilical cord, placenta and foreskin, all recovered fresh from surgical discard of recent births.

If you have questions, please contact NDRI at (800) 222-NDRI (6374), ext. 391 or email us at
Apply now to request tissue custom to your protocol.