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Your Tools from Lonza to Get Started on Primary Cell Culture

Lonza offers a comprehensive collection of primary cells and media products supporting many research areas. Our brand is well-recognized for its outstanding scientific support team and its dedication to consistent, high-performing products for more than 30 years.


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Cryopreserved Cells

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Select human cells or animal cells to discover the list of cells and appropriate medium offered by Lonza.

What Is a Primary Cell Culture?

Primary cells are isolated directly from human or animal tissue, representing more closely the native tissue characteristics. These cells require optimized medium for supporting proliferation and/or differentiation.



Why Use Primary Cells?

  • Represent heterogeneity found in tissue so your results are simulating in vivo conditions
  • Alternative options, such as cell lines, require authentication before use
  • Reduces the cost and number of animals required for in vivo studies as they are an ideal first step to refine experiments
  • Limited lifespan – cells tend to change the longer they are passed. With limited lifespan of primary cells, the researchers are staying close to tissue characteristics
  • Building on that standard, we strive to ensure that all of our products improve the biological relevance of your research with our primary cells.



How Are Primary Cells Different from Cell Lines?

Primary Cells vs. Cell Lines


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In addition to cryopreserved cell ampules Lonza also offers ready-to-use proliferating cells.