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Custom Primary Cells

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We produce custom primary cells from healthy and diseased tissue

ATCC produces custom primary cells allowing you to study tissue specific characteristics on a cellular level in vitro and to develop more biologically relevant models. Healthy cells, as well as cells derived from diseased tissues such as asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, diabetes, and many other pathologies can be produced.

For each cell type, careful consideration is given to maintain broad donor diversity, robust quality control, lot-to-lot consistency, and large-scale production capacity. Laboratories that may have started to isolate primary cell culture in-house face challenges with lots not being standardized therefore, may be unable to perform inter-laboratory studies and comparisons due to variability among the reagents and procedures used to derive primary cells. ATCC’s project management team will partner with you to develop custom protocols by understanding your needs, from starting tissue requirements, production, scalability, automated vialing, to storage and distribution.

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What we offer you: 

  • Custom primary cells can be produced in large lots, making them ideal for scale-up as ready-to-use cells or ready-to-store for longer term studies
  • By removing time dependencies with tissue procurement and isolations, we offer our customers flexibility
  • All tissues utilized for human primary cell derivation are ethically obtained with documented, legal permission for research use; upon request, detailed donor information can be provided both for normal and diseased cells
  • Characterization with full quality control testing that can include phenotyping by immunocytochemistry (ICC) or flow cytometry
  • Cell isolates undergo intensive characterization with relevant positive and negative markers to deliver consistent quality and purity
  • Robust sourcing of the tissue network ensures access to a diverse range of ethnicities and disease states
  • Offering reagents matched and optimized to work with each primary cell type
  • Manufactured in a cGTP facility compliant with regulatory guidelines
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Primary Cells available for customization - we are regularly adding more!


  • Pulmonary artery endothelial cells
  • Coronary artery endothelial cells
  • Aortic artery endothelial cells
  • Aortic smooth muscle cells
  • Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells
  • Coronary artery smooth muscle cells

Mesenchymal Stem Cells   

  • Umbilical cord (Wharton’s Jelly)
  • Umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC)
  • Bone marrow
  • Adipose/preadipocytes


  • Cortical epithelial cells
  • Proximal tubule epithelial cells

Skin (Neonate or Adult)

  • Dermal fibroblast
  • Keratinocytes
  • Melanocytes
  • Capillary endothelial cells


  • Bronchial epithelium
  • Small airway epithelium
  • Pulmonary fibroblasts
  • Microvascular endothelial cells
  • Alveolar type II cells
  • Alveolar macrophages

Disease States

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema/chronic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Custom

Customized Donor Specifications

  • Age, sex, race, or medical history
  • Multiple cells, same donor

Custom primary cell services

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Cell Bank Production

We have been the authority on cell and microbial banking for nearly 100 years. Our laboratory and storage facilities are first-in-class for the large-capacity storage of cell lines, microorganisms, and other biological materials. We can support any cell banking need and will work with you at all stages of the cell bank development process from the initiation of your project to the large-scale production of your cells and microbes.