A novel cryogenic preservation solution for high-value biological samples used from discovery through to clinical applications; Cryo Store Pico fits into standard-height rooms, bringing sample management closer to the point of use while preserving sample integrity.

  • Precise cold-chain handling & LIMS connectivity
  • Sample security and traceability
  • Cryo-critical features with redundancy
  • Comprehensive inventory management system

The Cryo Store Pico -190°C LN2-Based Automated Storage System provides researchers and clinicians with a best-in-class storage system for cellular products and biosamples. The system fits right into your sample management and automation workflow by combining a high-efficiency LN2 stainless steel freezer with the Azenta Life Sciences automation technology and software to ensure the highest sample integrity.

The Cryo Store Pico -190°C LN2-Based Automated Storage System offers robust sample protection, comprehensive inventory management, and temperature control with superior user experience at an affordable price. Targeted and non-targeted samples are protected from warming above Tg (glass transition) throughout sample retrieval. Sample integrity is secured with user access permissions, sample inventory, history, and audit-trail reports. Cryo-critical features provide 10 days of temperature stability in the case of energy or LN2 loss.

Built-in inventory management along with access control enables diligent record-keeping and traceability, providing chain-of-custody records. The ergonomic design with vending-machine styled housing protects staff from exposure to liquid nitrogen or awkward postures while accessing samples.

Since samples stay enclosed within the temperature-controlled tower during the selection process, sample exposure to ambient temperatures is reduced compared with manual selection. The Cryo Store Pico is a complete sample management solution with labware flexibility designed to support automated workflows.


  • Compatible with a range of labware, such as cryoboxes, vials, and microplates
  • Full vial- or cassette-level inventory tracking
    Complete -190°C vapor storage environment*
  • Common software between all Azenta cryogenic automated storage systems
    Software provides accurate real-time audit reports
  • LIMS connectivity and system partitioning for shared use
  • Temperature protection for non-targeted tubes held within insulating tower
  • Ergonomic design for simple user experience and minimized injury risk
  • 10-day hold time in case of catastrophic interruption of electrical or LN2 supply
  • Proven technology based on Azenta Life Sciences expertise and industry leading cryogenic freezers

*Temperature variation is +/- 6°C due to thermocouple variation and thermal loading

Sample Integrity, Security & Tracking

  • Consistent -190°C temperatures achieved from top to bottom using LN2 vapor
  • A sample integrity calculator protects samples from excessive warming by predicting their temperatures based on experimental evidence
  • Integrity is further enhanced by protecting innocent samples from transient exposures during storage and retrieval
  • Racks are quickly pulled into an insulated sleeve, significantly slowing transient warming
  • Full manual access if power or LN2 are disrupted
  • Comprehensive inventory management with vial-level ID, audit trail, reports, and LIMS connectivity


  • Controller software and touchscreen enable efficient order management and execution
  • Easy-to-use graphical interface permits tube-level inventory management plus sample storage, retrieval, and auditing
  • The software monitors storage environment data and has comprehensive error handling
  • LIMS connectivity is available for real-time sample management
  • Full 21-CFR-11 reporting capability is available
  • Administrator-defined libraries and access control can optimize the system as a shared resource