Specimen Bank Core Services

The table below lists the AIDS Specimen Bank’s recharge rates for 2015. Investigators in the process of preparing a grant proposal requiring repository services should contact Yvonne De Souza (415-476-2513) for budget consultation.

General & Storage Services

Services Rate Recharge Plus 26% IDC*
Labor Charge $73.81/hour $92.58/hour
Specimen Storage
Ultra-Low Freezer
$.31/vial/month $.39/vial/month
Specimen Storage
Liquid Nitrogen
$.53/vial/month $.67/vial/month

Processing Services

Processing Services Rate Recharge Plus 26% IDC*
Serum 1–2 tubes $48.97 $61.70
Plasma 1–2 tubes $52.99 $66.77
Plasma >3 tubes $62.99 $79.37
PBMCs
10 ml
$91.38 $115.14
PBMCs
<60 ml
$180.35 $227.24
PBMCs
60–80 ml
$242.33 $305.33
PBMCs
90 ml
$272.59 $343.46
PBMCs
>90 ml
Call for quote  
CPT (1 tube) $151.74 $191.19
CPT (2–5 tubes) $189.20 $238.39
Granulocytes $156.54 $197.24
PBMC processing and second type of prep (pellet) or RBCs $62.61 $78.88
Buffy coat $62.17 $78.33
Whole Blood (WB) 48.97 $61.70
PaxGene $14.02 $17.67
Urine, CVL $52.64 $66.70
Saliva, Semen, CSF $52.64 $66.33
CSF without pellet $52.64 $66.33
CSF with pellet $91.38 $115.14
Tissue, Swab $40.47 $50.99

Specimen Handling Charges

Specimen Handling Rate Recharge Plus 26% IDC*
Charge per hour of labor $73.48 $92.58
Receipt of previously frozen/ processed specimens 1 hr minimum  
Destruction of specimens 1 hr minimum  
QA/QC testing 1 hr minimum + supplies  
Supplies    
Cost per label $0.05 $0.06
Freezer box $1.34 $1.69
Freezer grid $2.61 $3.29
Nunc vial $0.22 $0.28
Sarsetdt cryovial $0.21 $0.27

Shipping Charges

Shipping§ Rate Recharge Plus 26% IDC*
1–20 samples $170.83 $215.24
21–100 samples $301.96 $380.47
101–250 samples $403.67 $508.62
251–500 samples $674.45 $849.81
>500 samples Call for quote  
Shipping of infectious substances Please call  

Notes

* This rate is for non-UCSF investigators. Rate includes recharge rate plus 26% indirect costs.
† Includes labor, supplies, and other expenses; does not include storage.
‡ Specimen handling includes receiving, data entry, inventorying, and tracking of previously processed specimens or blood tubes that require real-time testing. These specimens may remain in the ASB for storage or are shipped for clinical testing.
§ Client must pay for courier, Federal Express or World Courier service, and/or car rental fees; charged as invoiced by vendor.

Definitions

  • PBMC Processing: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) are separated from red blood cells, neutrophils, and granulocytes in whole blood by density gradient centrifugation using Ficoll-hypaque (density 1.077). After separation and multiple cell washings, cells are counted on a Coulter counter and aliquoted in cryopreservation media (90% fetal calf serum and 10% DMSO) for viable recovery.