Semen Samples for Research

Fairfax Cryobank Provides Donated Human Biological Samples

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. 

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

  • 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 Premium, ICI ART, or ICSI Unwashed prep: containing the neat (raw semen) sample plus cryoprotectant (glycerol)
  • IUI Premium, IUI ART, ICSI Washed: seminal plasma removed prior to freezing and sperm cells suspended in a buffer solution plus cryoprotectant (glycerol)

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 tank 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