Safe Deposit

ATCC stores valuable cells, microorganisms, and related materials safely and dependably without conflict-of-interest concerns.

How to submit materials for Standard Safe Deposit

If you are interested in storing materials in ATCC Standard Safe Depository, please complete the following form: Standard Safe Deposit Form (not cGMP compliant). For additional information, standard safe deposit fees or to initiate a standard safe deposit contact ATCC Safe Depository at safedep@atcc.org or call (800) 638-6597.

Overview

Cell cultures, microorganisms, and other biological materials are valuable assets to organizations, and loss of these materials can be costly. ATCC has been providing safe deposit services for corporations, government laboratories, and academic institutions for over 30 years. As a neutral nonprofit organization, ATCC stores valuable cells, microorganisms, and related materials safely and dependably without conflict-of-interest concerns. ATCC assumes no liability for the correctness of the depositors information concerning patent and safe deposits.

Our standard safe deposit is consistent with ATCC's practices for handling and storage of materials entrusted to ATCC since its founding in 1925. ATCC also accepts deposits of microorganisms, cell lines, seeds, and other materials in support of patent applications. See our patent depository for more information

Features

Both the cGMP safe deposit and the standard safe deposit services offer secure, confidential storage of valuable materials.

Security

  • Our facility is specially designed for large-capacity storage of cell lines, microorganisms, and other biological materials.
  • ATCC has a long history of safe, trouble-free operation in storing biological materials.
  • All materials are stored in liquid nitrogen tanks equipped with monitoring systems and 24-hour surveillance to safeguard stored material.

Confidentiality

  • All rights to cultures remain with the depositor.
  • All information concerning deposited material is retained in confidence.
  • Culture material is available only to the depositor or an individual designated in writing by the depositor.

Optional Special Services

  • One vial of each culture can be returned to the depositor for analysis after a one-week storage period to ensure viability of material received.
  • Standard safe deposit material can be distributed to the depositor or designated individual(s).