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GrowDex® 2.5 ml

GrowDex® is an animal-free hydrogel that enables complete control over the culture environment for cells.

GrowDex can be used in a wide range of cell-based assays such as microscopic imaging or metabolic activity measurement. GrowDex has been validated on various cell models and applications including primary hepatocytes, patient derived cells, 3D organoid formation, hepatocyte toxicity, stem cell proliferation and differentiation, tumour cell migration and invasion, neurite outgrowth and network formation.

GrowDex is for research use only and should not be used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

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GrowDex has been designed to provide a support matrix for the culture of cells in a wide range of applications. It comprises of two components, nanofibrillar cellulose (NFC) and ultra-pure water. The length of the nanofibrils ranges from 200-300 μm, with a diameter in the nanometer scale varying from 5-100 nm.

The product is supplied sterilized, ready to use and can be utilized in a variety of cell culture applications, such as 3D spheroid or organoid formation.


  • Animal-free: No animal biomolecules interfering with readouts.
  • Lot to lot reproducibility: nanofibrillar cellulose and purified water only. GrowDex hydrogel is manufactured to the highest standards with strict quality control criteria.
  • Reliable: robust and sustained performance regardless of the production lot ordered.
  • Stable: used and stored at room temperature, GrowDex hydrogel can be used in liquid handling systems.
  • Ready-to-use: simplified protocol in which GrowDex hydrogel is mixed with media and cells.
  • Tunable: Optimal gel stiffness is achieved by dilution with cell culture media. Matrix composition can be optimized easily by supplementing cell culture media with specific biomolecules such as growth factors.
  • Compatibility with High Content Screening systems: no auto-fluorescence and transparency.

Storage and shelf-life:

  • Storage: Ambient
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Shelf life after opening: 3 months

GrowDase enzyme breaks down GrowDex hydrogel to form a solution in an easy one step efficient cell recovery process. 3D cell structures such as spheroids, organoid or biopsies are retained with no impact on cell viability or functionality. Liberated cells can be used in gene or protein expression studies or for future experiments.


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Unit Size 2.5mL
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Application Note

GrowDex supports hiPSC-derived neural progenitor differentiation in vitro

In this study, we establish methodologies for 3D cell culture of human iPSC-derived neural progenitors within nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel, GrowDex®.

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MCF7 3D Culture in GrowDex and Matrigel

In this study, the morphology development of MCF7 cells in GrowDex® and in Matrigel is presented.

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Data Sheet

GrowDex Instructions for Use

This document provides instructions for use, safety information, storage instructions, ordering and contact information for GrowDex.

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GrowDex Technical Protocols

This guide describes a number of experimental protocols performed using GrowDex hydrogels.

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