FAQ’s

This is a new approach – how do we do it?

Our hydrogel encapsulation technology is such an innovative change to storing and transporting cells and tissues that it’s no surprise that customers have questions about how it works and what to do. All our products come with detailed protocols that you’ll find easy to follow, but we’ve included below the answers to some of the questions we’re asked a lot.

Please get in touch with us if you have any specific questions about your own cells or products.

Cells that are in suspension can be encapsulated in alginate using our BeadReady™ kits.

Cells are mixed with a solution of alginate and then added dropwise to a gelation solution. As the droplets meet the solution, they form into beads that contain the cells. Excess gelation solution is discarded and replaced with your cells’ preferred media, and the vial is then sealed ready for storing and shipping with no need for any further human interaction en route.

Cells or organoids in multi-well plates are protected by layers of alginate gel.

An alginate solution is pipetted into each well, followed by the gelation solution. After waiting a few minutes for the gel to form, the plates are ready for storage or shipment to the end user.

Adding the release buffer to the wells causes the gel to dissolve. The solutions are then discarded and replaced with your cells’ preferred media and the plates are ready for use.

Pieces of fresh tissue are protected by immersion in our TissueReady™ formulation.

It’s designed to be extraordinarily simple to use for the field-based collection of tissue samples, such as fresh biopsies.

The kit comprises two vials; the piece of tissue is added to Vial A, and the contents of Vial B are then added to it and the vial is capped. The gel forms and the sample can be shipped, and the tissue is recovered at the destination by adding the release buffer to dissolve the gel.

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An innovative solution for storing and transporting cells and tissues at room temperature.