Gibco Cell Culture Media Family

Superior quality and consistency for results you can rely on

Time-tested and trusted, our Gibco cell culture media line includes products designed to support the growth and maintenance of a variety of mammalian cells and cell lines. We’ve developed ready-to-use cell culture media products as well as powdered and concentrated liquid formulations to fit your experimental setup and your budget. Use the quick links below to access Gibco media.

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NEW Gibco Human Plasma-like Medium

Gibco Human Plasma-like Medium (HPLM) is a new formulation designed to resemble the natural cellular environment found in the body, mimicking the metabolic profile of human plasma.

  • Physiologically relevant - designed to resemble the natural cellular environment found in the body formulated with more than 60 polar metabolites and salt concentrations
  • Peer reviewed – extensive research publications completed using HPLM formulation

Discover Human Plasma-like Medium

Classic Gibco cell culture media

We are dedicated to providing quality Gibco cell culture media products that meet all of your research needs.

Upgrade your cell culture media

Take your cell culture to the next level with enhanced formulations of your everyday favorites. Choose Gibco quality for consistent and reproducible results.

GlutaMAX media

  • Pre-supplemented with stable form of L-glutamine to prevent ammonia buildup
  • High viability for long-term cultures

Advanced media

  • Reduced-serum media to lower cost of serum by 50–90%
  • Greater consistency with fewer lot-to-lot serum changes

FluoroBrite media

  • Reduces background fluorescence in cell imaging
  • DMEM-based to preserve cell viability

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Cell Culture Media Best Practices

Here are a few simple tips & tricks to help ensure your cell culture media is maintained for optimal performance.

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If refrigerated, warm your cell culture media before use. Your cells would be cold at 2-8°C, and you would be too!

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Keep your cell culture media protected from light. Light exposure degrades the essential vitamins in media that your cells need to grow.

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Once you have supplemented your cell culture media with FBS, place the complete media into the refrigerator (2-8°C ) to maintain performance.

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Use your supplemented media within 2-4 weeks to reduce the chances of contamination and the impact of pH drift.

Gibco Cell Culture Basics

Cell culture is critical to your success, so make sure everyone in your lab uses the best procedures and products to consistently get the outcomes you expect. Cell Culture Basics is an introduction to cell culture, covering topics such as laboratory set-up, safety and aseptic technique.

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leaf icon Less waste

When minimizing waste in your lab, every little bit helps. The 1 L Gibco bottle uses 38% less source material (32% less for the 0.5 L bottle) than comparable media bottles on the market today. This reduces the consumption of non-renewable resources helping shrink your footprint.
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Gibco cell culture products are manufactured in facilities that are compliant with current good manufacturing practices (GMP) for medical devices and adheres to a robust quality management system.


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Cell Culture & Transfection Learning Center
Access cell culture and transfection educational resources for better experiment planning and execution.

Media Formulation Tool
Find the right Gibco media formulation for DMEM, DMEM/F-12, MEM, and RPMI-1640 media.

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Cell Culture & Transfection Support Center
Find technical support recommendations for your cell culture and transfection workflows, including tips for experimental setup and in-depth troubleshooting help.

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