3D Cell Culture Services

Creative Bioarray can provide ready-to-use 3D cell cultures generated from various cell types. We have extensive experience in developing highly functional 3D cell culture models. Our scientific team can work with you to establish and optimize protocols, as well as design custom 3D cell culture models according to your specific requirements.

About 3D Cell Culture

Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture is a technique to artificially create an environment close to the living conditions in vivo, which can permit cells to grow or interact with their surroundings in all three dimensions. Actually, most cells in vivo exist in complex 3D structures, which include different cell types within extracellular matrix. Compared to 2D cell cultures, 3D cell culture can provide more meaningful scientific conclusions and accurate insight into pathogenesis. Therefore, 3D cell cultures have been widely used in the study of disease mechanisms, drug discovery, drug testing, and tissue engineering.

At present, two categories techniques, scaffold-based methods and scaffold-free approaches have been developed for 3D cell culture. Scaffold 3D cell culture allows cells to grow in all directions on a scaffold, such as hydrogels or inert matrices. Scaffolds, which mimic the in vivo extracellular matrix (ECM), can provide attachment sites and microenvironment for cells. 3D cell culture can also be grown without the scaffold. Various methods, such as low adhesion plates, hanging drop plates, micropatterned surfaces, magnetic 3D bioprinting, and rotating bioreactors, can be used for scaffold-free 3D cell culture.

Types of 3D cultures.Figure 1. Types of 3D cultures. (Langhans, S. A., 2018)

Advantages of 3D Cell Models

  • Better mimic tissue-like structures and in vivo like microenvironments.
  • More phenotypically accurate than conventional 2D cell cultures.
  • Increased cell-to-cell and cell-to-ECM interactions.
  • Exhibit differentiated cellular functions.
  • Possible to co-culture with two or more different cell types.
  • Can stimulate microenvironment conditions, such as oxygen, nutrient, metabolities and drug concentration gradients.
  • Better predict in vivo responses to drug treatment and more accurately predict efficacy or toxicity of drugs.
  • Create more predictive in vitro cell models for numerous applications, such as cancer research and drug discovery.
  • Some animal experiments may be replaced by 3D models built with human cells to reduce cost and shorten period in drug discovery.

Cells in 2D and 3D microenvironments interact differently with their surroundings due to differences in the cues, mechanical and chemical, that they experience. Figure 2. Cells in 2D and 3D microenvironments interact differently with their surroundings due to differences in the cues, mechanical and chemical, that they experience. (Duval, K., et al., 2017)

Our Capbilities

  • Provide ready-to-use 3D cell culture models of your choices.
  • Establish and optimize 3D cell culture protocols for specific cell types.
  • Customize 3D cell culture services to meet your specific needs.

Creative Bioarray can generate both mono-cell type and multi-cell type 3D cell culture models by using either scaffold-based or scaffold-free 3D culture strategies. Our extensive experience in 3D cell culture techniques and advanced 3D cell culture platforms enable us to generate various kinds of custom 3D cell culture models to meet your needs.

If you are interested in our 3D cell culture services or need to learn more details, please feel free to contact us. We are willing to be your partner.


  1. Langhans, S. A. Three-dimensional in vitro cell culture models in drug discovery and drug repositioning. Frontiers in pharmacology, 2018, 9: 6.
  2. Duval, K., et al. Modeling physiological events in 2D vs. 3D cell culture. Physiology, 2017, 32(4), pp: 266‑277.
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