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Corning™ NutriStem™ hPSC XF Medium

Support hiPS and hES growth and expansion in a feeder-free environment with NutriStem hPSC XG Medium from Corning.

Enhance the single-cell culture of human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) and human embryonic stem (hES) cells in a defined, xeno- and serum-free environment. Without the need for high levels of bFGF and other stimulatory growth factors or cytokines, low-protein NutriStem medium contains only the most essential components required for successful hiPSC and hESC maintenance, growth, and downstream differentiation.

Complete and ready-to-use, NutriStem provides a simplified medium for consistent performance, as well as increased reproducibility in hPSC long-term culture. 

Superior Growth

NutriStem medium enables excellent proliferation of undifferentiated hES and hiPS cells. Proliferation of H1 hES cells cultured in Corning™ Matrigel™ Matrix-coated 96-well plates in NutriStem and the leading competing medium for feeder-free culture. Medium was changed and proliferation was assessed every 24 hours in culture.

Normal Colony Morphology

H1 hES cells (panel A) and ACS-1014 hiPS cells (panel B) cultured in Corning NutriStem hPSC XF Medium on Corning Matrigel matrix-coated plates display colony morphologies typical of normal feeder-free hES and hiPS cell cultures, including a uniform colony of tightly compacted cells and distinct colony edges.

Embryoid Body Formation

Embryoid bodies (EBs) were generated from H9.2 hES cells cultured for 16 passages in NutriStem hPSC XF Medium on Matrigel matrix as an evaluation of pluripotency. The pluripotent H9.2 cells were suspended in serum-supplemented medium, where they spontaneously formed EBs containing cells of embryonic germ layers. The following cell types were identified by examination of the histological sections of 14-day-old EBs stained with H&E: (A) neural rosette (ectoderm), (B) neural rosette stained with Tubulin, (C) primitive blood vessels (mesoderm), and (D) megakaryocytes (mesoderm).

Taratoma Formation

H9.2 hES cells were cultured for 11 passages in NutriStem hPSC XF Medium using a human foreskin fibroblast (HFF) feeder layer. The hES cells were subsequently injected into the hind leg muscle of SCID-beige mice for in vitro evaluation of pluripotency. The following tissues from all three germ layers were identified in H&E-stained histological sections of the teratoma 12 weeks post-injection: (A) cartilage (mesoderm), (B) epithelium (endoderm), and (C) neural rosette (ectoderm).


Instructions for Use:

Corning NutriStem hPSC XF medium instructions for use for the growth and expansion of human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) and human embryonic stem (hES) cells in a feeder-free environment


For more information please refer to the PDF available here

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Extra cellular matrix

Corning™ Matrigel™ hESC-Qualified Matrix, *LDEV-Free

Corning Matrigel matrix is a solubilized basement membrane preparation extracted from the Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm (EHS) mouse sarcoma, a tumor rich in extracellular matrix proteins, including Laminin (a major component), Collagen IV, heparin sulfate proteoglycans, entactin/nidogen, and a number of growth factors.


  • Mouse colonies routinely screened for pathogens via Mouse Antibody Production (MAP) testing
  • Extensive PCR testing is performed to screen for a number of pathogens
  • Tested and found negative for bacteria, fungi, and mycoplasma
  • Protein concentrations determined by Lowry method
  • Endotoxin units measured by Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate assay
  • Matrigel Matrix gel stability is tested for a period of 14 days at 37°C
  • Biological activity is determined for each lot using a neurite outgrowth assay.


Preparation and Storage:

Store at -20°C. Avoid multiple freeze-thaws.


Guidelines for Use:

For more information please refer to the PDF available here

Cell culture surfaces

Corning™ rLaminin-521 (Human)

Support long term self-renewal of human pluroportent stem cells (hPSC) and neureal stem cells (NSCs)

Corning™ rLaminin-521 (Human) is an animal-component-free recombinant heterotrimer composed of a5, B2, and y1 chains expressed in a mammalian cell culture system. The Corning rLaminin-521 (Human) surface supports such key benefits as ROCK inhibitor independent, single-cell expansion of PSCs and inhibition of spontaneous differentiation, improving hPSC culture ease and efficiency.

A collaboration focused on bringing together better solutions for stem cell research

Corning has partnered with BioLamina for the supply of recombinant human laminin 521 (rLaminin-521), a next generation surface that enables feeder-free, single cell passaging of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) without ROCK-inhibitor. Now we've gone one step further and are working together to combine BioLamina’s expertise in recombinant laminin expression with Corning’s extensive line of vessels and proprietary surface coating technologies. This partnership brings robust and scalable expansion solutions to the emerging stem cell processing market, enabling our customers to scale-up effectively and mitigate risk.

Now backed by Corning’s large network, worldwide distribution channels, and cell culture portfolio, researchers globally have better access and availability to rLaminin-521 (Human) than ever before. 

rLaminin-521 (Human) joins the Corning ECM mimetic and advanced surfaces family: animal component-free surfaces suited for stem and progenitor cell expansion under cGMP processing environments.


Characteristics and Applications
ApplicationA robust, animal component-free substitute enabling ROCK-independent, single-cell passaging of pluripotent stem cells in defined media environments
Surface TechnologyPassively coated, full length recombinant Laminin protein
Cell types and environment- Human pluripotent stem cells (SF, XF, AF)
- Human embryonic stem cells
- Induced pluripotent stem cells
- Human neural progenitor cells (SF)
Shelf-life24 months when stored at -20°C
Vialed Formats (Cat.No./Qty.)354220 | 20 μg
354221 | 100 μg
354222 | 1 mg
354223 | 5mg
OptionsPlease inquire about pre-coated vessel options
SF = serum-free media, XF = xeno-free media, AF = animal free media

Features of Corning rLaminin-521 (Human)

  • Animal-component-free recombinant protein
  • Enables ROCK-independent single cell passaging
  • Easy to self-coat
  • Available in 0.1mg aliquots for easy handling
  • Compatible with multiple hPSC culture media and dissociation reagents
  • Supports undifferentiated expansion of hPSC
  • Suitable for defined xeno-free and animal-free culture enviroment


Effects of Corning rLaminin-521 (Human)


hESC cultured on rLaminin-521 (Human) in xeno-free medium exhibited characteristic colony morphology with a high nuclear-to-cytoplasm ratio

Marker Expression

Markers for undifferentiated hPSC were determined by immunocytochemistry. Image analysis indicates Oct-4 (green) expression in the cells. Nuclei were stained with DAPI (blue).


Cells that Culture Successfully on Corning rLaminin-521 (Human) Surface
Stem and Progenitor Cell ExpansionHuman embryonic stem cells (hESC)
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC)
Neuronal stem cell
In Vitro Differentiation of Pluripotent Stem CellshESC, hiPSC, mESC (germ cell layers: ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm; hematopoietic progenitor; definitive differentiation; cardiomyocytes) hESC, hiPSC (neuronal)
Human NPCs (differentiation to neuronal cells)

Cell culture vessels

Falcon Cell Culture Multi-Layer Flasks

Increase productivity by enabling to grow more cells faster and easier. 3- or 5-layer formats provide 525 cm² and 875 cm² cell growth surface area, respectively

  • Even distribution of media across all layers for homogeneous cell growth
  • Ability to mix cells and reagents in the Falcon Multi-Flask saves time and reduces risk of contamination
  • Flexible design allows to pour or aspirate/recover cells using a pipet
  • Consistent surface treatment for predictable scale-up
  • Lot number printed on each flask for traceability
  • Manufactured in compliance to cGMP standards

For more information please refer to the PDF available here


PureCoat ECM Mimetic Cultureware

Create a fully defined cell culture environment-serum-, xeno-, or animal-free

Support the growth of stem and primary cells across a broad range of defined media formulations with the choice of two ECM mimetic types:

PureCoat ECM mimetic fibronectin peptide consists of RGD sequences to support the attachment of cell types that require fibronectic coating, such as alpha-5 integrin-postiive cells.

PureCoat ECM mimetic collagin I peptide supports the attachment of collagen I-dependent cell types, including alpha 2 integrin-positive cells, among others

For more information please refer to the PDF available here

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