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Stem Cell Isolation, Culture, Differentiation, and Characterization

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Serum-Free and Animal-Free Cell Culture

Increase the consistency of your cell cultures as you approach translational studies for regenerative medicine and cell therapy programs. Adopting these media will

  • Reduce variability in media composition
  • Simplify compliance with regulatory guidelines
  • Simplify comparability testing for raw material changes
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CEPT Cocktail for Improved Cell Survival

Improve stem cell survival with our small molecule CEPT cocktail. A combination of 4 small molecules, Chroman 1EmricasanLyophilized Polyamine Supplement and Trans-ISRIB, the CEPT cocktail enhances the viability of stem cells during passaging, single cell cloning, gene-editing, cryopreservation, and differentiation and can be used in the manufacture of organoids for use in disease modeling or drug screening.

Why Use Bio-Techne Reagents for Culturing Stem Cells?

Our mission is to facilitate discovery and translation by ensuring high performance and lot-to-lot consistency of our products. Consistency is key to minimizing variability and standardizing protocols.

Don’t take it from us, listen as Stem Cell Core Facility Directors describe why they prefer Bio-Techne proteins and small molecules for their cultures!

Stem Cell Core Testimonials for Proteins and Small Molecules
Testimonial on the reliability of R&D Systems reagents for stem cell culture.

Featured Products for Stem Cell Culture and Differentiation

organoid cultured in Cultrex UltiMatrix RGF Basement Membrane Extract

Cultrex™ UltiMatrix RGF Basement Membrane Extract

  • Designed for organoid and stem cell culture
  • Protein composition and tensile strength optimized for 3D applications
  • Qualified for dome formation
Fluorescence image of a human induced human induced pluripotent stem cell in ExCellerate iPSC Expansion Medium.

New! ExCellerate™ GMP iPSC Expansion Medium

  • Completely animal-free
  • All-in-one formulation
  • Stable cell integrity over long term culture


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Animal-Free GMP BMP‑4

  • Equivalent bioactivity to our other BMP-4 proteins
  • Animal-free for clinical manufacturing processes
  • Backed by our quality standards and facility certifications. See GMP Capabilities

Custom Services for Stem Cell Research

The multitude of potential stem cell preparations and applications means that the exact product you need for your research may not be available. If you can’t find what you need, our expert scientists and custom services team are here to help. We will work with you to deliver reagents and assays to meet your requirements. Whether it’s as simple as a change in formulation or a completely new product, take advantage of our resources and expertise to overcome your challenge.

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Streamlining Translation for Regenerative Medicine

When it’s time to advance your regenerative medicine product to clinical manufacturing, partner with us for reliability, quality, and custom services. We will work with you to provide reproducible production of reagents and assays at clinical scale, with complete documentation. We offer GMP reagents as well as 21 CFR Part 11-compliant analytical instruments for automation and high throughput, including high sensitivity multiplex immunoassays for stem cell characterization with our Simple Western™Single-Cell Western, and Simple Plex™ product lines. We’re committed to helping you streamline the manufacture of regenerative medicine products.

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About Stem Cells

The defining characteristics of stem cells, i.e. their ability to self-renew and differentiate, make them a valuable resource in medical research and therapy. Directed differentiation of stem cells can provide insights into embryonic development, generate organ-like structures (organoids), and help us understand complex disease processes.

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that are capable of self-renewal through mitotic cell division, even after long periods of inactivity. Stem cell differentiation gives rise to the endoderm, ectoderm, and mesoderm germ layers which develop into the specialized cells of a tissues and organs.

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are found in the inner cell mass of blastocysts, adult (or somatic) stem cells maintain the populations of specific cell types, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are produced by the reprogramming of somatic cells, and cancer stem cells (CSCs) reside in tissues where they give rise to local tumors. Hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) differentiate into the myeloid and lymphoid immune cell lineages. Multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) give rise to adipocytes, chondrocytes, osteocytes, and cardiomyocytes. Neural stem cells (NSC) can differentiate into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes.

Owing to their tissue regenerative potential, stem cells can be utilized to repair or replace old or damaged cells, and this property is valuable in regenerative medicine. Stem cells offer the potential for treating many diseases including cancer, neurodegeneration, musculoskeletal disorders, heart disease, and diabetes. 3-dimensional cultures and organoids based on differentiated stem cells reproduce some functions of native tissues and are valuable for toxicology studies and drug discovery.

Different types of stem cells are identifiable by their specification potential.


Totipotent stem cells: generate all the cell types in the organism (e.g., zygote or fertilized egg).

Pluripotent stem cells: generate all the embryonic germ layers (i.e. endoderm, ectoderm and mesoderm), but are unable to generate extra-embryonic tissues (i.e. placenta). Best exemplified by embryonic stem cells (ESCs) which are derived from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are reprogrammed from adult differentiated cells (e.g., fibroblasts, peripheral blood mononuclear cells).

Multipotent stem cells: generate a limited number of cell types based on their tissue of origin.

Mesenchymal stem cells- give rise to fat, bone, muscle and cartilage.
Hematopoietic stem cells- give rise to different types of blood cells (i.e. platelets, red and white cells).
Neural stem cells- give rise to neurons, oligodendrocytes and astrocytes.

Oligopotent stem cells: generate few cell types which are closely related (e.g., myeloid stem cells).

Unipotent stem cells: generate one cell type (e.g., epidermal stem cells, muscle stem cells).

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Gene Engineering Services

Realize the potential of gene engineering by partnering with our experts. Engineer any cell type including T cells and iPSC with our non-viral TcBuster™ gene delivery system.

For cell and gene therapy manufacturing, we offer GMP CDMO services that include process development for cell engineering, quality control, custom cell vialing, and regulatory support.

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