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Folio - the most trusted provider of biospecimen and the nation's largest commercial biobank. 

About Us

Folio Biosciences is the leading provider of human tissue samples for research. Folio has the largest and most trusted human biospecimen repository – with 7+ million samples and up to 25 years of follow-up clinical data. We also offer custom procurement services, histopathology services, and a network of strategic partners to serve all of your needs.

Folio Biosciences collects its biological specimens from leading U.S. sources using best industry practices to ensure that samples are properly tracked, documented, and annotated.

Folio's CLIA certified lab offers full pathology and histology capabilities. All clinical tests are available – IHC, FISH, ISH, etc. – using fully validated assay methods.

Folio delivers the greatest value and service. We have the largest inventory of tissue specimens and are able to provide them at a lower cost because of the efficiency of our operation, the experience of our team, and the scientific and clinical partnerships we have in place.

We provide validated samples with extensive clinical follow-up information so that you can trust your results. We have the in-house expertise to screen for the specific biomarkers you need. This means you can carry out well-controlled experiments with precisely selected samples.

If you are uncertain which tissue samples you’ll need for in depth studies, we offer a special service to place the remainder of the blocks on hold for you, at no additional cost. After screening sections, you can decide whether or not you will purchase the block.  

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We strive to create a workplace where we dedicate the same level of care to our employees that we do our customers. From corporate gardens, fitness groups, soup clubs, happy hours and to even our corporate table tennis tournaments we value our employee experience. 


  • What is Folio?

    Folio Biosciences is the largest U.S. based biobank with over 7 million specimen. Folio supplements its biorepository with an in-house CLIA certified laboratory offering extensive histopathology services, as well as a strong network of clinical partners allowing for custom collections. Located in Columbus, Folio is a smaller company dedicated to the best quality service and specimen.

  • What products and services does Folio offer?

    Researchers’ needs are broad, and so are Folio’s offerings. Our in-house, FFPE Biobank (7 million plus specimen strong) is a searchable, ever-growing collection of virtually all disease indications. There are limited amounts of frozen tissue and blood/biofluids banked as well.  Our vast custom procurement services can supply difficult and/or extensive tissue requests for human or animal tissue. We also offer the highest-quality tissue microarrays in the business. Our CLIA certified laboratory can perform custom sectioning and TMA manufacturing of human or animal tissue.

  • What is a CLIA Certification

    Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), is a certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The certification is to ensure quality laboratory testing performed on human specimen.

  • Where do the tissues from the biobank come from?

    All of the tissues in our Biobank come from hospitals and clinics in the U.S. However, we do have international clinic partners that can be access racially diverse cohorts when necessary.

  • Are the products and services guaranteed?

    Yes.  We guarantee that the tissue we send meets the pathological, physical and histological characteristics highlighted as important in advance by the client.  If there is a discrepancy, we will replace the tissue at our cost.  However, we do not guarantee results in extraction-based assays trying to detect various markers. We have a shared-risk policy for these projects – please inquire.

  • Can you collect samples from donors with specific disease states such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, etc?

    Generally, yes, for most indications.  Our network of clinical partners is extensive, and we are adept at establishing new ones as unique patient populations are desired that we may not currently have access to.

  • I have a difficult tissue request, can Folio help?

    Folio specializes in custom and/or large procurement studies. Our experienced procurement team will work with you to design your project strategy and oversee tissue collection from start to finish. Folio's wide network of clinical partners can accommodate requests such as: biofluids (blood, urine, saliva, CSF, PBMC isolation), fresh tissue in custom media, matched pairs (frozen/FFPE, tumor/NAT), and multi-phase or longitudinal collections.

  • How do I place my order?

    We encourage you to speak with a procurement specialist about your request. Please call us at (614) 846-2809 or send an email to You can also submit your institution's Purchase Order via email, or fax to (877) 633-6442

  • Will I be updated on the order status?

    We will e-mail a Federal Express tracking number to you when your order is shipped. You can track the progress of your shipped package at

  • How is the product shipped?

    We work with our clients to ship their specimen to the standard and quality they desire. Frozen: Generally, we only ship frozen specimen Monday through Wednesday.  All frozen shipments are insured and shipped on dry ice. FFPE and TMA: FFPE specimen and TMA’s are packaged in slide cases and clam shells for protection.

  • Can you ship on Fridays or the Weekend?

    It is possible, but we prefer not to. We evaluate the risk with the client on a case by case basis.

  • Can you collect material and ship it so we receive it the same day?

    This may be possible in limited circumstances.  When “fresh” collections are procured, it is more realistic to ship the tissue in under 24 hours of excision (i.e. afternoon procedure, next day morning delivery).

  • Can you ship to Canada or Internationally?

    Yes. We work with our clients to produce the appropriate documentation for insurance and customs.

  • Can I get tissue sections from the same cases represented on your stock TMA’s?

    No. Obtaining additional tissue from the donor cases represented on our stock TMA’s is not possible. We suggest you talk with us regarding this need.

  • Can a custom TMA be created to my specifications?

    Yes.  TMA’s can be customized to order.  You can provide the FFPE tissue blocks to be cored or order them from our vast repository.