GrowDex is an animal free, ready to use hydrogel that mimics the extracellular matrix (ECM) and supports cell growth and differentiation with consistent results.  With over 150 different assay protocols available GrowDex is our original hydrogel. Highly biocompatible GrowDex has been used widely for the culture of primary cells through to iPS and ES cells.

Bridging the gap between in vitro and in vivo studies GrowDex can be used for 3D cell culture for spheroid and organoids, in personalised medicine, regenerative medicine, organ-on-a-chip models, high throughput screening, drug release studies and more. GrowDex hydrogel is also manufactured according to ISO13485 standards guaranteeing the same great quality every batch.

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Easy Assay Set Up


GrowDex is simple to use just dilute with media and add your cells, or make a layer and add cells on top. As GrowDex is a hydrogel already no gelation or cross-linking steps are needed and the stiffness of the gel can be fine tuned to suit your cells by dilution.

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Customer testimonials


GrowDex in High throughput screening

We tested using GrowDex as an alternative for animal derived extracellular matrices in cell based 3D high-throughput drug screening (HTS). The results demonstrated that GrowDex is compatible for use in large-scale 3D drug screens and supports long-term culture of primary patient derived tumor cell cultures.

Juha K. Rantala, Ph.D., CEO, Principal Investigator at Misvik Biology



Epithelial cells in animal-free hydrogel

”We compared the differentiation of the GrowDex epithelial cells in parallel to animal collagen-coated transfers, and found that the cells differentiated much faster and had much better three-dimensional epithelial growth – the oldest cells in the cultures are now over 500 days old!”

-Doris Wilflingseder, Assoc.-Prof., PhD, Institute for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Medical University of Innsbruck


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