Innovations in Cultureware

Sponsored by: MIDSCI
Session ended: Friday, July 26th @ 4:00pm pst
Expert: Dr. Graziella Mendonsa, Product Manager, MIDSCI.


In the past cultureware has mostly been focused on culturing standard cell lines that have historically been easy to culture. However, with the explosion of stem cell culture and the now common practice of culturing many different cell types, cultureware has needed to evolve as well. Over the years, improvements have been developed to increase the success of cultureware and to provide a more hospitable cell-growing environment, including innovations like gas-plasma treatment and biological extracellular matrices. Yet there is still opportunity to improve cultureware and address some of the most common challenges cell culture scientists face. Please join us and submit your questions about cultureware, please share your challenges and also questions you may have about the latest products in this area.

Questions & Answers

We are culturing small volumes of hybridoma cells in standard shake flasks. Are there any improved cultureware that you think would improve our process in general?

Shaking in flasks has come a long way from the ancient glass bottles to flat bottomed flasks to now the conical bottomed TubeSpin Bioreactors. The latter allows for greater gas exchange and internal cyclonic mixing to promote increased cell propagation. Take a look at the two following links and we would suggest sampling the TubeSpins […]» Read More

Our lab has suffered from some contamination problems in our shake flasks. It seems that we are following proper protocol, but seem to be susceptible. Any suggestions on shake flask improvements that might reduce the risk of contamination?

Thank you for your question. Can i please ask a little more information on what type of shake flasks are you using? Is it flat bottomed and has a loosened cap or is it a conical bottomed Bioreactor with a screw cap that possesses a hydrophobic membrane? The latter was designed to repel media upon […]» Read More

In your blog on the dish, you mention cultureware that has ergonomic considerations. As someone who suffers from on and off carpal tunnel syndrome from pipetting, I am always interested in learning about ergonomic products for scientists. Can you give more details?

Thank you for your question. I am sorry about your carpal tunnel syndrome as this condition is really painful and affects your daily functioning in a lab. To answer your question, there are several ergonomic features incorporated within the cell culture flask, dish or plate to enable better handling and easier access to cells during […]» Read More

To follow up on my serum free question – I am having problems with attachment. Cells start out ok but then end up detaching quickly after being in culture.

I apologize for not being an expert on this topic, and without knowing the exact cell type of stem cells, I was able to look up the following 2 articles that showcase protocols for working with stem cell line expansion in serum free media:$FILE/pc1806en00.pdf Also, have you considered growing the stem cells on […]» Read More