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CelluloNet – Biological Resource Center
  1. CelluloNet « If you wish to obtain lines - catalogue »
  2. CelluloNet “If you wish to deposit lines”: soon available on the intranet
  3. Method for detection of mycoplasma
  4. How to cite SFR Biosciences on your publications


CelluloNet is a Biological Resource Centre (BRC) that preserves and supply cell lines. Currently, the collection retains over 550 cell lines, sometimes unique, constituting valuable models and tools for investigators.

CelluloNet is a member of the French Infrastructure BIOBANQUES  (Inserm US13)  and implements a quality policy based on the standard NFS96-900, specifically designed for BRCs.

CelluloNet supplies cell line services as well as training.

Some of the cell lines in the collection:

  • Cell lines received as part of a biological heritage activity
  • Genetically modified cell lines used as study model
  • “Control” cell lines for the development of new protocols
  • Hybridoma cell lines for the production of monoclonal antibodies
  • Cell lines used for research in biology



  • Enrichment and management of collections of cell lines from time of collect, preparation, storage up to supply to researchers.
  • Better quality control of cell lines

Currently CelluloNet implements a series of quality controls to meet the growing demands of scientific journals, which include the verification of:

  • satisfactory growth after thawing,
  • absence of mycoplasma contamination,
  • authentication by genetic profile of human cell lines (on request),
  • expression of a transgene (in collaboration with the supplier or user).
  • isotype and production yield of antibodies for a murine hybridoma.


  • Collect new cell lines:

The BRC CelluloNet's purpose is first to collect all new cell lines developed by teams contributing to SFR BioSciences to ensure traceability and conservation.

  • Supply cell lines:

Cell lines are available for university laboratories and non-profit research laboratories, subject to the conditions stipulated in the deposit contract of each cell line.


  • Products derived from cell lines:

Cell line derivatives are produced from the collection of cell lines at CelluloNet: dry residues, proteins, antibodies, cytokines, RNA, DNA.

  • Establishment of new cell lines:

In partnership with a research team of the SFR BioSciences, CelluloNet may develop new cell lines. The project must first be submitted to, and validated by, CellluloNet’s Scientific Advisory Board. Examples of new cell lines: GMO cell line overexpressing a protein, immortalization of cells, human B cell lines transformed by Epstein-Barr virus or hybridomas producing monoclonal antibodies.

  • Equipment and workstations for cell culture that may be taken out:

Several types of equipment (see section equipment) can be reserved online.




How to contact us/where to find us:

How to find us  (intranet)

CelluloNet, the Biological Resource Centre for cell lines, is located in the Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines (IBCP):

  1. IBCP
  2. 7, passage du Vercors
  3. 69367 Lyon cedex 07

For more information, please contact :



  • Theoretical and practical training in cell line culture, including the regulatory framework.
  • Detection of mycoplasma contamination in cultured cell lines and in infectious samples.  



  1. Information on user fees is available on intranet (équipes contributrices et équipes académiques) or upon demand.



  1. Document de référence de  l’OCDE « lignes directrices de l’OCDE relatives aux pratiques exemplaires concernant les centres de ressources biologiques »
  2. Livret conseil détection de mycoplasmes



  1. CelluloNet « Mise à disposition de lignée »
  2. CelluloNet « Dépôt de lignée » (interface bientôt disponible)
  4. ECACC (European Collection of Cell Cultures)
  5. ICLAC (International Cell Line Authentification Committee)
  6. Un guide des risques biologiques (CNRS)
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