Ultra-low temperature freezers, commonly referred to as -80 C freezers, are often used to store irreplaceable samples and reagents that are necessary for biomedical research. Proper maintenance is required to keep -80 C freezers running at their set temperature. In the event of failure, it is often essential that samples are immediately transferred to a backup unit to prevent them from degrading.
Recognizing the critical nature of -80 C freezers, the VP&S Office for Research has worked with CU Procurement, CUIMC IT, and CUIMC Facilities to offer several -80 C support programs for VP&S investigators.
Remote Freezer Monitoring
VP&S Research has worked with CUIMC IT and Procurement to provide easy access to a freezer monitoring system for CU researchers at greatly reduced cost.
Emergency Backup Freezers
CUIMC maintains upright, shelved -80 C freezers that are available for the research community to use during a freezer failure while their lab freezer is being repaired or replaced.
High Efficiency Freezers
-80 C freezers place large energy and cooling burdens on campus infrastructure. Columbia has obtained discounted pricing for a highly energy-efficient -80 model to enable researchers to reduce their laboratory energy usage and assist our campus sustainability efforts.