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ATCC serves and supports the scientific community with the world’s largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell lines, as well as molecular genomic tools, microorganisms, and biological products, ATCC is a trusted biological resource for the worldwide research community.

ATCC is the premier global biological materials resource and standards organization offering an extensive collection of products and services manufactured under ISO certification and accreditation. The collection includes:

  • Human and animal cell lines
  • Continuous, primary, immortalized, and stem cells
  • Cell and microbial derivatives
  • Culture media and reagents culture media
  • Molecular genomic tools, microorganisms, and biological products

ATCC supports scientific advancements in academic, government, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural, and industrial segments worldwide with industry-standard products, services, and innovative solutions. Its services and custom solutions include cell and microbial culturing and authentication, development and production of controls and derivatives, proficiency testing, and biomaterial deposit services.

ATCC biological materials are often incorporated as standards required by global regulatory agencies, including the FDA and USDA, as well as organizations such as AOAC International, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, U.S. Pharmacopeia, European Pharmacopoeia, Japan Pharmacopoeia, and the World Health Organization.

ATCC Standards Development Organization is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and develops standard protocols to ensure the reliability and reproducibility of biological materials. ASN-0002 – Authentication of Human Cell Lines: Standardization of STR Profiling describes a consistent, inexpensive, and universally applicable method for authenticating new and established cell lines and their criteria for use.

ATCC scientists develop new in vitro model systems, describe new species, search for new disease biomarkers, and build bodies of characterization data for valuable biological materials. In addition, they study improved methods for characterization, long-term preservation, and optimal authentication of biological materials.


To acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.


To use our resources and experience as a biological resource center to be the recognized leader in biological reference materials - particularly in the acquisition of new content, development of reference standards using our unique assets, and though leadership around how biological research can be improved through standardization and certification of biological materials.


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