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ATCC services fuel life science research

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Partner with the global biological resource leader

At ATCC, we leverage our product development and program management expertise to offer standard and customized services to the scientific community. We support customers from all corners of the world—from large pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies to biotech startups. We also work with private and public entities, including:

  • Companies developing in vivo and in vitro research models
  • Molecular diagnostic companies
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Vaccine manufacturers
  • Universities and other nonprofits

Our vast collection of cells and microbes makes us a unique partner for your cell and microbial needs. For nearly a century, we have preserved biological materials and we have the extensive experience in biospecimen storage and cGMP storage to safely store your valuable biological materials. ATCC offers intellectual property management services and an international patent depository service. Learn more about ATCC Services terms and conditions.

Each scientific project is unique, which is why we tailor our custom services to your needs. We can help you develop, characterize, manufacture, store, and supply a variety of custom cell lines and microbes for your research, industrial, and clinical applications.

  • Over 95 years’ experience focused solely on biomaterial storage services and management
  • Temperature-controlled sample storage and long-term specimen storage
  • Largest, most diverse collection of standardized biological materials.
  • Scale production from several vials up to 1000s of vials
  • Extract, produce, and purify related biologicals such as quantitated nucleic acids, and provide alternative formats such as cell pellets, FFPE samples and inactivated microbial strains
  • Customized laboratories, including BSL-3 containment facilities
  • Fill and finish both small and large-scale cell line production
  • Global reach to 150 countries and a network of distribution partners


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ATCC provides standard and custom services

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Assay-ready Cells

ATCC tailors our custom services to meet the unique needs of your project. That's why we provide you with our expert capabilities for the preparation and characterization of assay-ready cells, either from authenticated ATCC cell lines or your own proprietary cell lines. Ready-to-use cells are cryopreserved in the concentration you need, are ready when you need them so you don't waste valuable research time, and ATCC authenticated cell lines give you confidence in your data.

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Cell Authentication

Cell and microbial authentication is essential. Skipping the authentication step can lead to lost time, money, and publications owing to cross-contamination and misidentification. ATCC can quickly confirm the identity of almost any cell or microbe using analytical techniques such as sterility, CO1, human virus panel, STR profiling for human or mouse cells, and perform mycoplasma testing so you have confidence in your research materials.

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Cell Bank Production

ATCC has been the authority on cell and microbial banking for nearly 100 years. We have the facilities and the expertise to expand cell lines to create master and working cell banks for your assay needs. The cell lines can be supplied by you, or from the ATCC catalog, or from primary cells that are sourced and derived to your specifications. We can support all your Master Cell Bank and Working Cell Bank needs.

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Cell Engineering

Cell engineering involves physical and engineering principles to control cell behavior. At ATCC, we utilize a number of cell engineering processes including cell immortalization, STAT1 Knockout, and CRISPR editing for site-specific genome engineering of cell lines and CRISPR bacterial genome editing.

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Depositing with ATCC

With nearly a century of experience in biomaterials services and management, we have the expertise needed to authenticate, store, maintain, and globally distribute biological samples. Materials are securely managed through a temperature-controlled supply chain, 24/7 equipment monitoring, and on-call after-hours personnel. Our deposit services include, BioEscrow Deposits, Biorepository Services, General Collection Deposit, Patent Deposit, Type Strain Deposit, and more.

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Molecular Analysis

If you can't find the nucleic acids you need, we can grow, extract, and purify nucleic acids from most ATCC cultures in larger quantities. Rely on ATCC for molecular analysis, viral quantitation, and next-generation sequencing.

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Testimonials for ATCC Services

"It was very easy for me to prepare the STR sample, since I was only spotting my cells onto FTA paper. I was satisfied with delivery time. It took only 1 week to receive a result of STR by email. I used 2 kits for 2 cell lines, both of which are provided from other laboratories. As results, one was matched A cell line with 100% and the other was B cell line with 87%. My B cell line has been passaged many times that may be occurring gene drift etc. so I felt that it is important to perform STR for own cell lines regularly."

- Dr. Toru Kiyono (MD, PhD)
Chief, division of Carcinogenesis and Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Center Research Institute

Chordoma Foundation

"Our partnership with ATCC has simplified and accelerated the way we get new chordoma cell lines to researchers. Their professional staff has demonstrated a high level of sensitivity to the quality control issues unique to our disease. By eliminating one of the key barriers standing in the way of medical progress – lack of valid cell lines – interest in and support for chordoma research is growing."

- Patty Cogswell, Chordoma Foundation

The Rare Cancer Research Foundation

"The high standards of authentication, preservation & distribution are key reasons we’ve chosen to partner with ATCC to preserve & distribute rare cancer cell lines. The responsive and collaborative nature of our interactions have provided a strong basis for a long-term partnership between ATCC and the Rare Cancer Research Foundation (RCRF)."

- Barbara Van Hare, Director of Foundation Partnerships,
The Rare Cancer Research Foundation

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Repository and Custom Services

Contact us using the form below for more information on our services, or to let us know that you are ready to start your project.

Our laboratories are able to provide you with customized options grounded in decades of industry knowledge, making us your preferred strategic partner. Our team works with you through all stages of your custom project process, from the initial inquiry, design and initiation of your project, to the production, characterization, packaging, storage and distribution of your biological materials. Project managers work directly with our subject matter experts to design, execute, and monitor your project. This allows you to focus on your core competencies while we focus on what we do best, producing, managing and delivering the highest quality biological materials, globally.

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