Cell Bank Production & Storage

Our cGMP-compliant cell bank production assures a uniform population of cells is preserved and a sufficient supply of material is readily available for the life of the product. In conjunction with our cell banking and vaccine production services, we offer more than 10 years of experience with long-term storage of clients' banks.

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Cell Banking


Mammalian, Insect, and Stem Cells

Our cell banking team is capable of producing up to a 1,000-vial cell bank in cGMP-compliant suites. To provide clients with the best timelines, we have multiple cell banking suites available for manufacture. Standard release criteria of viability and sterility are provided, and full characterization and biosafety capabilities are also available for further regulatory-based testing of the client’s cell bank.


Microbial Cell Banking

Our microbial cell banking team has a wealth of experience in manufacturing E. coli, yeast, and other aerobic and anaerobic microbial cell banks to the highest standards. As with our mammalian cell banks, microbial cell banking services are conducted under appropriate, controlled conditions. We have dedicated, fully-equipped cGMP-compliant suites with the capability to produce up to an 800-vial cell bank.


Cell Banking Support

Charles River offers many support services to expedite the receipt of cell seed stocks and production of cell banks. If necessary, our team of experts is able to offer assistance with import permits and provide appropriate shipping vessels. After the seed stock arrives, our project management team will guide the client through the manufacturing process, from pre-seed testing and generation of the manufacturing batch record through the manufacture, release, and characterization testing of the cell bank. It is our top priority to make sure our clients are kept informed throughout the manufacturing process.


Storage, Retrieval & Shipment of Cell Banks


Storage of Cell Banks

At Charles River, maintaining the security and integrity of client cell banks is a priority. Cell banks are stored at -70 °C or in vapor-phase liquid nitrogen in a controlled-access area. A multilayered approach is taken to ensure the security and performance of the cell storage facility. In addition to technical security aspects, our clients’ cell banks are divided and stored in multiple, validated, liquid nitrogen dewars. Separate dewars are maintained for quarantined (untested) and released materials. Once in storage, vial locations are identified and unique identification numbers for each bank are provided to enable complete confidentiality and expeditious vial retrieval.


Cell Bank Retrieval & Shipment

To maintain the integrity of our secure storage processes, cell bank retrieval and shipment from Charles River occurs only at the request of an authorized client representative. Vials of a cell bank are removed from storage and transferred to an appropriate shipping container with a recording device that documents the temperature for the duration of the shipment. All vapor-phase liquid nitrogen shipments are shipped in a qualified dewar. These practices, coupled with appropriate custody documentation, ensure that the client’s cell bank vials are maintained under controlled conditions.