About BioRender BioRender Square 

BioRender is a web-based program that helps you create scientific figures up to 50x faster than traditional tools. The tool combines a library of more than 50,000 scientifically accurate, expert-validated life science icons and templates with intuitive drag-and-drop functionality. Create professional-quality figures in minutes - no drawing skills required! BioRender is now available from Anschutz OIT for half the commercial cost through a new campuswide license.

With BioRender, you can:

  • Create figures for all your visual needs like your publications, posters, and presentations
  • Pair figures with data collected from your experiments
  • Communicate your research at the next level

Getting Started

The cost for faculty, staff, and students is $200 for each user annually (the charge is not prorated and the licensing begins on July 1 of each year). The software license is linked to your university credentials and cannot be shared. Refer to the instructions below for obtaining a university license.

This software runs from any web browser; however, your best experience will be with the Chrome browser. No software needs to be installed on any computer.

Simple tutorials to get you started can be found at the BioRender Learning Hub. OIT also recommends reviewing these materials:

Obtaining a university license

To request a new license:

  • Sign up using a Cherwell ticket at the OIT Service Center (Mac users should use a web browser other than Safari when logging into the OIT Service Center
    • Submit the following information for each license request:
      • Your Name 
      • Department / Unit
      • Speedtype
  • You will receive an email from OIT when you are approved and added to the system
  • Once you receive the confirmation email from OIT, go to the BioRender Portal at https://app.biorender.com/portal/cua and activate your account using your university credentials (username and password)
  • Start using BioRender!


Following are some frequently asked questions about university BioRender licenses. Still have a question about obtaining a university license? Contact the OIT Service Desk at 303.724.4357 for additional help.


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