The Biobar program is a collaborative effort between the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine, the Procurement and Logistics department, and various scientific suppliers. This program was initiated to provide efficiency and cost savings to the Faculty members


Biobar services is committed to serving the research community of the Faculty of Medicine by procuring and providing on-site access to primary research materials and products required for research activities in the following ways:

  • Accessing innovative technologies, as well as staple research materials and products;
  • Enhancing Faculty researchers’ sourcing, planning and ordering experience, using an optimal ordering and inventory management solution, Medistore;
  • Reducing procurement costs through consolidated ordering;
  • Eliminating freight costs through consolidated ordering;
  • Diminishing administrative time spent on ordering and stocking of high usage research materials and products.

Roles and responsibilities

Biobar is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the proper performance of the procurement of scientific material and managing equipment and supply inventory systems for the Faculty of Medicine.

Biobar’s main responsibilities are:

  • Ensuring that procurement activities are compliant with the University's policies, procedures and applicable laws;
  • Negotiating goods and services agreements with Biobar suppliers;
  • Proceeding to the payment of invoices for goods and services;
  • Coordinating liquid nitrogen deliveries to the research laboratories;
  • Managing supplies, chemicals and equipment inventory systems;
  • Organizing and coordinating pipette calibration clinics;
  • Organizing and coordinating product shows and promotional events with Biobar suppliers.


  1. Liquid Nitrogen weekly replenishment

The Biobar offers weekly liquid nitrogen replenishments. The large 230-litre Dewar tanks are replenished every Tuesday and the smaller tanks are replenished every Wednesday.

  1. Calibration services

Pipette Calibration Clinic: Every quarter, the Biobar organizes a pipette calibration clinic. Date, time and location are announced in Medistore.

Biobar inventory

Please contact [email protected] for an up-to-date inventory of the Biobar.