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Semen Samples for Research

Fairfax Cryobank Provides Donated Human Biological Samples

All donors have consented to the use of their semen for research purposes; however, they cannot be used for the following types of research:

Fairfax Cryobank provides donated human biological samples for various types of research purposes including DNA testing. All donors are screened for a minimum of HIV, and hepatitis, and syphilis and found to be negative prior to producing the samples. 

  • Stem cell research
  • Creation of embryos for stem cells or embryo research projects
  • In vitro fertilization of oocytes
  • Insemination purposes for the creation of a pregnancy

Samples can be used for the following types of research:

  • Source of DNA for research purposes
  • Forensic testing laboratories or proficiency testing for the forensic industry
  • Fertility clinics for media testing

Contact us directly to see if your research study would qualify.

Semen Sample Packaging

Pre-frozen samples are packaged in 1ml plastic vials containing 0.5 ml/vial and a minimum of 60 million cells. Vials are labeled with donor number/production date/vial #/production lab code. Frozen samples are available with or without seminal plasma. Choose from the 2 preparation types below:

  • ICI prep = containing the neat (raw semen) sample plus cryoprotectant (glycerol)
  • IUI prep = seminal plasma removed prior to freezing and sperm cells suspended in a buffer solution plus cryoprotectant (glycerol)
  • Samples used for media testing will have 10 million total motile cells/vial if thawed properly

Sperm Vial Ordering Logistics

Pre-frozen vials are available immediately, whether the samples are from a single donor over time or multiple donors.

For orders requesting matching semen and blood from the same donor, vials are available upon request and must be pre-ordered. In addition, frozen pooled (multiple donors) semen without cryoprotectant must be pre-ordered as well. These two request types are priced/ml separately.


Price for research semen vials is available upon request. Fairfax Cryobank accepts money order, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), and PO by request only. Vials must be pre-paid prior to shipment.


Depending on your location, local pickup may be available. All other research vials will be shipped in liquid nitrogen vapor tanks or on dry ice. NOTE:  Liquid nitrogen tanks must be returned to Fairfax Cryobank within 5 days of receipt.

Contact Fairfax Cryobank with questions about semen samples for research

To place your order or request more information, fill out the form below. Or call 800-338-8407 or email