Labs and Tissue Banks That Accept Donated Embryos for Research

Labs & Tissue Banks Accepting Frozen Embryos for Research

We have attempted to compile a national list, but laboratory needs and policies change frequently, and thus their acceptance of donated embryos. We hear anecdotally that it is becoming increasingly hard to find a  university-affiliated lab that is actively seeking embryos; however, another option is to donate embryos to the infertility clinic lab where they were created. Clinic embryology labs may accept embryos for training and research.

Note that not all laboratories or tissue banks will accept from all states, so you will need to contact each one to ask. If the state where the embryos were created does not allow research on embryos you will likely not be able to donate.

Usually, shipping is paid for by the tissue bank or lab.

1. The RENEW Biobank

Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
and Education

Stanford University School of Medicine

900 Welch Road, Suite 20

Palo Alto, CA 94304


Tasha Kalista email:


2. Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Not currently accepting donated embryos.



3. The University of California, San Francisco IVF Tissue Bank

2356 Sutter Street, 1st Floor

San Francisco, CA 94115



4. The George Q. Daley Laboratory

Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School

Accepts Egg Donations as well



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