Accessing samples for research

We recognise the role that research can play in improving diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for cancer patients. The Daisy Tumour Bank provides access to tissue samples for ethically approved cancer research.

The collection consists of cancer tissue and blood products collected from patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of cancer.

The Daisy Tumour Bank is licensed to store human tissue by the Human Tissue Authority (licence number 12078) for ethically approved cancer research.

Who can apply

Access to the Daisy Tumour Bank collection is open to researchers within the UK and European Economic Area. Access to samples is only available for cancer research purposes only, and proof of ethical approval and funding for your research is required in your application.

Sample types

The Daisy Tumour Bank is currently accruing sample collections for cancer research. The following samples are to be collected:

Sample types available at the Daisy Tumour Bank


 Sample Type


Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells


Colorectal Cancer



Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma



Oesophageal Cancer



The majority of patient samples are snap frozen in liquid nitrogen at collection then immediately transferred into -80 °C freezers for long term storage. Blood samples are processed immediately then stored at -80 °C. The bank can hold in excess of 80,000 samples.

Samples are stored in durable, unique 2D bar-coded cryovials, which enable robust sample traceability whilst maintaining patient confidentiality.

Application process

Process for applying to access research samples