Welcome to Cell Cryogenics

Who are we?

Cell Cryogenics Ltd is a small, specialist company based in Cambridge providing unique and class-leading products and consultancy for cryopreservation.

In addition, Cell Cryogenics Ltd can be employed to help improve the critical cryopreservation stage on a consultancy basis.

Example Projects
Clinical grade hESC

Derivation of the clinical grade human embryonic stem cell line RCe021-A(RC-17) [Stem Cell Research; Volume 17; Issue 1; July 2016; Pages 1-5.]
One of the early successes of the EF600 controlled rate freezer.

The human embryonic stem cell line RCe021-A (RC-17) was derived under quality assured compliance with UK regulation, European Union Directives and International guidance for tissue procurement, processing and storage according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. The cell line was derived from a day 3 embryo voluntarily donated as unsuitable or surplus to fertility requirements following informed consent. RCe021-A (RC-17) shows normal pluripotency marker expression and differentiation to the three germ layers in vitro. It has a normal 46XX female karyotype and microsatellite PCR identity, HLA and blood group typing data are available.

Kakapo parrot conservation

Breeding and conservation programme for the endangered Kakapo parrot - sperm collection cryopreservation [Department of conservation, Invercargill, New Zealand; Kakapo Recovery programme]

When the EF600M system was first used for the Kakapo Recovery Program, the Kakapo parrot population numbered just under 100 birds! This combined with the fact that Kakapo parrots do not breed every year meant that the full conservation program was essential. We are pleased to say the EF600M performed as expected and made a positive contribution to the program enabling the cryopreservation of sperm to develop the genetic resource. Cell Cryogenics’ founder Rob Thorburn also personally supported the program working on Codfish Island with the Kakapo Recovery Team. To assist with the conservation and reproductive program for the Kakapo parrot, the unique abilities of the EF600M to work ‘in the field’ were employed to cryopreserve parrot semen both at the remote research station and at the site of collection in the foothills of Codfish Island. The island lays just of the southern coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Powered by portable batteries and a converter, EF600M was able to run for up to eight hours in the field if necessary. The light weight combined with the compact size meant it was also easy to transport the EF600M. Together, these abilities ensured that the EF600M system was ready to optimally freeze the sperm wherever needed. Despite wearing transmitters, the environment on Codfish Island and ability of the Kakapo to just blend into the vegetation meant that tracking and actually catching the birds was not always such an easy task…

The Kakapo population has increased significantly we are very pleased to report.