Distribution Services

The HSCI iPS Core Facility aims to accelerate research in the stem cell field by facilitating the derivation and distribution of iPS cell lines. Disease-specific iPS cell lines provide us with a unique opportunity to study mechanisms of disease and ultimately, to develop new treatments. The iPS Core serves as a repository for iPS and hES cells produced by HSCI scientists and functions as a laboratory to produce disease-specific iPS lines for sharing with the HSCI and broader research community. 

As of early 2021, we distribute our cell lines through Divvly. To browse and request our cell lines, please visit our Divvly page.

Procedure for obtaining stem cells

Place request

You will need to create a Divvly account. To find the hES or iPS line(s) you would like to request, browse the catalogue and add the lines you would like to purchase to your cart. Pricing information can be found on our Fees page and on the Divvly website. When we receive your order, you will receive an email from the Office of Technology Development with MTA instructions.

Submit ESCRO approval and sign MTA

Before we can send you your cell lines, you and your institution will need to sign a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and for hES cell lines; you will also need to provide us with documentation of approval from your institution’s Stem Cell Research Committee (or equivalent ethical review committee), or documentation that no such approval is required at your institution.  

Invoicing and payment

Once your ESCRO documentation has been received and approved, and your MTA(s) has been fully executed, you will be sent an invoice that must be paid before your cells can be shipped.

Confirm request and shipping info

Once your payment has been received, you will need to confirm your shipping address and FedEx account number.  You cells will not be shipped until this information is complete.

Receive Stem Cells

Once you have confirmed your shipping information, we will ship your cells. When your cells have been shipped, you will receive a shipment confirmation.  

Contact us

If you have business inquiries or other questions, please email Eva Tomczyk at etomczyk@fas.harvard.edu.

More information

See our additional pages about fees, frequently asked questions, and helpful links.