Welcome to the NRG Oncology Biospecimen Bank - San Francisco Website

Sutter Building

The NRG Oncology Biospecimen Bank is located in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California San Francisco Mt Zion Campus.

COVID-19 Annoucement: The NRG Oncology Biobank- San Francisco (NRGBB-SF) is open for essential clinical trial services.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the City of San Francisco there will be limited staff on hand and we will be monitoring emails from 8 am to 5pm PST.


If you plan to send an Urgent specimen please contact Sandy DeVries directly at [email protected] and the lab at [email protected] PRIOR to shipping for shipping instructions for samples for Central Pathology review of NRG-BN001, NRG-BN003, NRG-BN005, and NRG-HN004.


Kit requests will be filled as our staffing level permits. Only request a kit if you have a patient coming in.


Do NOT to ship the following specimens to the San Francisco Biobank until further notice:

  1. Non-urgent FFPE samples. Please hold at your location at room temperature until further notice. We will let you know when we can receive these.
  2. Frozen biospecimens- e.g. plasma/serum/whole blood/urine. Please hold at your location and store frozen at -80°C until further notice. We will let you know when we can receive these.


If you have any questions about this, please contact the NRGBB-SF Manager, Sandy DeVries, at  [email protected] or the lab at [email protected]


The NRG Oncology Biospecimen Bank - San Francisco is the central repository of biospecimens collected from cancer patients enrolled in NRG or RTOG legacy clinical trials. Over 600,000 samples, including unstained slides, tissue blocks, frozen and fresh tissue and fluids like plasma or serum from various disease sites from new NRG trials and RTOG Legacy trials are stored at the NRG Biospecimen Bank. Extensive clinical follow-up data exist on the patients.

The aim of the Biospecimen Bank is to provide annotated patient samples to qualified investigators who have significant research hypotheses that require the use of such specimens. De-identified samples are distributed to qualified outside researchers who comply with CTEP and Biospecimen Bank access policies and are funded to carry out projects. Requests for NRG and RTOG legacy biospecimens are best made before submission of a research grant or contract to a funding agency to assure the availability of the tissue for the study

Who we are:

Director: Dr Richard Jordan, DDS, PhD

Co-Director: Dr Jeffry Simko MD, PhD

Manager: Sandy DeVries, MA

Staff: Florence Lo, Mary Manning, Lu Wang, Leslie Longoria