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Automated Medium- to Large-Capacity Biobanking

BiOS is an automated storage system specifically designed to store sensitive biological samples at -80°C.

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Secure Sample Storage

BiOS stores samples at -80°C and keeps samples close to -80°C throughout their entire life inside the system—while introducing and sorting samples, managing the inventory, and processing and delivering orders. In addition, BiOS records a full audit trail and temperature log for all samples managed in the system.

Its modular and scalable design allows storage of 100,000 to over 10 million samples in a wide variety of labware. It seamlessly interfaces with your IT infrastructure and LIMS by providing the BiOS API and remote monitoring options.

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Features and Benefits

Modular Sample Capacity

The capacity of BiOS can be scaled to fit your specific storage needs.

  • BiOS M provides high-density storage for existing labs with limited space that need a compact storage system.
  • BiOS L provides high-density, high-capacity storage in a compact footprint for labs that have larger storage needs.
  • BiOS XL is designed for the largest studies to store millions of samples, with the greatest number of safeguards in place.

Guarantees Sample Integrity

BiOS ensures samples are always kept at ultra-low temperatures, even during processing. Temperature stability is key to maintaining the value of samples. By taking special measures to eliminate any significant temperature fluctuations, potential sample degradation is prevented. One of the key components for this is our patented -80°C tube picker, which helps maintain consistent sample temperatures during processing.

Flexible Storage and Tube Picking

BiOS easily integrates into your applications by supporting a wide range of labware in SBS-standard racks or plates up to a height of 110 mm. The -80°C tube picking module is capable of processing multiple types of labware without the need for any mechanical changes or additional processing modules.

Reliability and Ease of Service

Reliability and ease of service are designed into the system, keeping operations at peak performance. System reliability is key to maximizing productivity. Hamilton realizes this by keeping all automation in the -20°C area to increase reliability and minimize downtime. Additionally, service to the system can be done quickly and efficiently because the refrigeration compartments are externally accessible. Inside BiOS, samples are safely sealed in lidded -80°C chest compartments allowing service to be performed without affecting the samples.


  • Run common daily operations with only three clicks
  • Operate the system with minimal training
  • Set up automated inventory, access control, and full audit trails
  • Use the powerful Application Programming Interface (API) to interact directly with LIMS
  • Connect laboratory management software, such as Mosaic, LabWare LIMS, and others

LIMS Integration

  • Use the powerful API to run any jobs in BiOS using your LIMS system
  • The RESTful-based API uses the same technology as any internet browser, making the BiOS API easy to integrate
  • The flexibility of the BiOS API allows basic integrations, which can be set up quickly, to in-depth integrations, where the LIMS can control additional parameters of BiOS and the job management
  • Mosaic, LabWare LIMS, Labvantage, and many custom LIMS systems have been integrated, and the list continues to grow

Additional Resources for BiOS

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For additional product specifications download the brochure.

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DimensionsBiOS MBiOS LBiOS XL
Height2.9 m (9.58 ft)4.4 m (14.5 ft)4.85 m (15.83 ft)
Width3.9 m (12.83 ft)3.9 m (12.83 ft)4.4 m (14.5 ft)
Length3.5 m to 10.2 m
(11.58 ft to 33.5 ft)
3.5 m to 10.2 m
(11.58 ft to 33.5 ft)
7.1 m to 22.5 m
(23.33 ft to 73.83 ft)
Capacities *BiOS MBiOS LBiOS XL
0.2 mL 457K–6.78M739K–10.9M3.18M–22.3M
0.5 mL 362K–5.55M591K–8.84M2.54M–18.1M
1.0 mL215K–3.29M336K–5.14M1.44M–10.5M
2 mL114K–1.68M181K–2.41M780K–4.94M

*Example labware used. BiOS is capable of storing a wide range of SBS-format labware up to 110 mm.

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