CellShip®: an ambient temperature transport and short-term storage medium for mammalian cell cultures

Emma Buick, Andrew Mead, Abeer Alhubaysh, Patricia Bou Assi, Parijat Das, James Dayus, Mark Turner, Lukasz Kowalski, Jenny Murray, Derek Renshaw, Sebastien Farnaud

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Cell culture is a critical platform for numerous research and industrial processes. However, methods for transporting cells are largely limited to cryopreservation, which is logistically challenging, requires the use of potentially cytotoxic cryopreservatives, and can result in poor cell recovery. Development of a transport media that can be used at ambient temperatures would alleviate these issues. In this study, we describe a novel transportation medium for mammalian cells. Five commonly used cell lines, (HEK293, CHO, HepG2, K562, and Jurkat) were successfully shipped and stored for a minimum of 72 hours and up to 96 hours at ambient temperature, after which, cells were recovered into standard culture conditions. Viability (%) and cell numbers, were examined, before, following the transport/storage period and following the recovery period. In all experiments, cell numbers returned to pretransport/storage concentration within 24–48 hours recovery. Imaging data indicated that HepG2 cells were fully adherent and had established typical growth morphology following 48 hours recovery, which was not seen in cells recovered from cryopreservation. Following recovery, Jurkat cells that had been subjected to a 96 hours transport/storage period, demonstrated a 1.93-fold increase compared with the starting cell number with >95% cell viability. We conclude that CellShip may represent a viable method for the transportation of mammalian cells for multiple downstream applications in the Life Sciences research sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(in-press)
JournalBiopreservation and Biobanking
Early online date28 Dec 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Dec 2023

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  • CellShip
  • mammalian cell culture
  • cell transportation
  • cell recovery
  • cell viability
  • cryopreservation


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