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Catalogue deposits

Culture Collections specialises in preserving and distributing strains and cell lines of medical and clinical importance. Organisms deposited within each of our collections are maintained by experienced staff supported by experts in the UK Health Security Agency’s specialist and reference laboratories who use a combination of traditional and more novel procedures to ensure the integrity of the strains.

Many scientists and researchers want to ensure their strains / cell lines that are used in their research projects are preserved and made available to the wider scientific community. By depositing with Culture Collections we can assure you that:

  • your strains / cell lines will be included in our catalogues, with descriptions and associated data being published on our website

  • you retain ownership of your strains / cell lines and intellectual property rights

  • we manage international dispatch for you, including biosecurity and licence requirements

  • your strains / cell lines will have long term secure storage

  • we can independently authenticate the identity of your strains / cell lines

  • your strains / cell lines are distributed for research use only (or release conditions can be specific to your needs, including potential licensing)

The research community will be able to reproduce and build on your work more readily and your work will continue to be available to future generations of researchers. Depositing with us will also help raise the profile of your peer-reviewed publications by requiring other users to cite original work.

There is no charge to deposit with us and you can access your deposited strains free of charge at any time (shipping charges may apply).

We are constantly striving to improve the range of strains / cell lines available from our collections in order to reflect the needs of current life science research and we actively encourage scientists and researchers, from academic and commercial organisations, to deposit with us.

Culture Collections staff are here to ensure that the deposit of strains / cell cultures into our collection is a trouble-free experience. Please contact us if you have any further questions.