Submitting Samples

Sample Volume
Please provide 50-100uL of sample and a few mL of buffer in which the sample may be diluted in case it is too concentrated for imaging. Although as little as 3uL of sample is necessary to prepare a single EM grid, multiple grids are typically prepared. In addition, several conditions may have to be tested to optimize the specimen for imaging.

Sample Labels
Properly label sample tube(s) and include relevant information such as concentration, buffer, storage requirements etc. Please indicate whether the samples are hazardous and, if so, provide safety and handling precautions.

If your samples require a USDA permit, please let us know as soon as possible.

Sample Shipping
Pack samples at the appropriate temperature (room temperature, wet ice, dry ice) with adequate padding to ensure that they will not be damaged during transit. Use a courier service for shipment and delivery. For most samples, overnight delivery is recommended whenever available.

Courier Delivery
NanoImaging Services accepts sample delivery from 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.
Samples are not received on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.

International Shipments
Please contact us if you need assistance with documentation required for shipping samples from overseas. NIS will provide an End-User Letter on company letterhead and a Power of Attorney statement prior to shipping. We currently have Power of Attorney statements on file with both World Courier and Marken. All other information regarding the samples needs to be provided by the shipper to the courier.

Please notify us by email when the samples are shipped and include the shipment tracking numbers.

Send samples to:

NanoImaging Services
Attn: Sample Receiving
4940 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite 115
San Diego, CA 92121

(888) 675-8261