"NDRI can help you to source the quantities of tissue required for your needs. The level of consistency, quality, timing of the procurement and efficient delivery will give you what you need for the best possible results."

- Gene C. Kopen, PhD, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives 


Over the past 35+ years, NDRI has delivered on the promise to obtain human biospecimens for a variety of applications. This is due to the deliberate development of our infrastructure and internal expertise to service large and complex R&D projects for clients worldwide.

We’ve created an extensive nationwide sourcing network and the standardized, reproducible processes needed to deliver high-quality tissue that meets the needs of demanding projects. NDRI employs industry best-practices in the procurement, preservation, storage, and shipment of human tissues, thereby ensuring the highest of quality, consistency, and reproducibility are achievable.    

Few organizations can scale tissue acquisition to meet demanding project milestones and deliverables with the degree of quality and availability that NDRI provides.

For more information, contact: Gene C. Kopen, Ph.D., Senior Vice President,
Strategic Initiatives, partnering@ndriresource.org, 800-222-NDRI (6374), ext. 289


From large-scale/complex research to commercial manufacture

NDRI partners with medical researchers in academia and life sciences (pharma/biotech) industries on complex and large-scale projects. We’re often involved in the early phases of projects to ensure that the human biospecimens desired are available, and if the project needs to scale, that they are obtainable at the volume and quality required. We partner directly with:

  • National Institutes of Health 
  • Academic research centers and consortia

Life Sciences organizations

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies
  • Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations (CDMOs) and Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
  • Other federal agencies (e.g., CDC, EPA, FDA)
  • Military (DoD)
  • Foundations and Patient Advocacy Organizations that support research
  • Manufacturers of Cell Therapies and Medical Devices

In addition, we work with subcontractors that provide services to the organizations noted above.

Your strategic partner

We collaborate with you to solve your large complex project needs. Below are a few scenarios where we partner to deliver exceptional results:

  • The collection and management of 80,000 biospecimens for the NIH funded Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project
  • Working with a biotech/pharma company to provide tissue for use in preclinical testing of a new therapeutic
  • Nationwide identification of and recovery of specimens from veterans with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Sourcing organs or tissues in compliance with FDA 21 CRF for the derivation and manufacture of a biologic or medical device.

More than just procurement

Unlike other organizations, NDRI provides end-to-end services for large/complex projects that require:

  • Project management oversight
  • High-quality human tissue 
  • Consent and authorization for intended end use
  • Coordination with donors and/or organ procurement organizations (24/7)
  • Adherence to applicable laws and regulatory requirements
  • Access to diverse donor and tissue types
  • Technical expertise and consultation to help with your project design


NDRI is a Not-For-Profit (501c3) Corporation.