Clonectics, Poietics, Hepatocytes, AllCells

Primary cells are cells directly isolated from human or animal healthy tissues and that reflect the biological diversity of the different body districts and donors they are isolated from.


Why using primary cells?

To produce biologically relevant data for publication or drug discovery/development you need to choose the best model (combination of the right cells/ right tissue/ right donor). Compared to immortalized cell lines, primary cells are a better and more biologically relevant model as they better reflect in-vivo conditions. Furthermore primary cells represent the biological variation within a population and have limited amount of accumulated mutations.

Why using cell lines?

Cell lines are isolated from tumors or immortalized to be maintained in culture under artificial conditions, and may be used with limitations to study basic cell behavior. Since tumor cells differ significantly from healthy cells, the use of cell lines to study normal cell behavior is harshly criticized.

Primary cells from Lonza

Vial with cyropreserved Cells

Lonza offers a large variety of human and animal cells, both fresh and cryopreserved, from almost all tissues, and can give a broad range of information on the donors cells:

Demographics: Age, gender, ethnicity, weight/heigt, HLA-typing

Clinical details: Diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, alcohol, smoke

Cell-related: Seeding efficiency, viability, doubling time, cell number, cell passage

We offer following cells:

  • Cells of the respiratory system
  • Chondrocytes
  • Cndothelial cells
  • Fibroblasts
  • Prostate cells
  • Hepatocytes
  • Cells of the immune system
  • Stem cells
  • Keratinocytes
  • Mammary epithelial cells
  • Melanocytes
  • Neuronal cells
  • Osteoblasts
  • Progenitor cells
  • Cells of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Renal cells
  • Retinal cells
  • Skeletal muscle cells
  • Smooth muscle cells
  • Sertoli cells


We simplify the shift from cell lines to primary cells

Bullet Kit from Lonza

Our Bullet Kit Media make the step to using primary cells easier. For commonly utilized breast, lung and endothelial cell lines, as indicated in many publications, we offer matching cell culture media. MEGM Mammary Growth Bullet Kit, for instance, can support growth of Lonza´s primary mammary epithelial cells and well-established breast cell lines, MCF-10A and MCF-12.

Primary cells are generally utilized as side-by-side controls with cell lines to validate the data. Sine Lonza´s Bullet Kit Media is robost in supporting primary cells and many cell lines, researchers attain added flexibility and reduced variability by using the same media across their experiments.

Additionally LONZA guarantees the quality and performance of the cells provided that the specified protocols are followed.

You can find a more detailed overview of our cells here or in our webshop.