Free Sample of Fetal Bovine Serum

Try Before You Buy Your FBS

Need to test before purchasing your serum? Request a free sample of R&D Systems Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS). We’ll hold a lot reserve for you while you evaluate your sample.

With over 40 years of rigorous research, development, and manufacturing at our ISO 9001:2105 certified facility, our industry-leading portfolio of FBS is here to support your cell culture needs.

If you need help choosing the right grade of FBS for your application, read our blog, Which FBS is Best for Your Cells?, view our extensive list of FBS products or call us at 800-780-7788. We would like to help.

Request your free sample today. *Free samples are available in North America only.

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Fetal bovine serum (FBS) from R&D Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for Atlanta Biologicals FBS?

As of January 2020, Atlanta Biologicals serum and media products have been rebranded to be R&D Systems. To learn more, please visit our brand transition page.

Why is there lot-to-lot variability in serum?

Serum products, including Fetal Bovine Serum, contain a complex mixture of biological components, a majority of which have not yet been fully defined. The composition of these serum components naturally varies from lot-to-lot.

The best serum lot for you is the one that works for your cells in your specific application. Strict control of the process from collection through processing enables us to provide a stable, consistent performing, and traceable supply of quality serum throughout global fluctuations in serum availability and regulatory requirements. We can help you select the serum lot that is ideal for your application by offering a variety of programs such as lot matching, extended lot reserves, and free on-site serum storage, geared towards minimizing the impact of serum variability for our customers.

What quality parameters should I consider when sourcing my Fetal Bovine Serum?

When sourcing your Fetal Bovine Serum, the extensiveness of quality parameters to consider will be dependent on the cell lines being cultured. As a standard, you can expect the following specifications when considering the quality of R&D Systems FBS:

  • Endotoxin
  • Mycoplasma
  • Biochemical Profile
  • Hemoglobin
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Virus Testing

For more demanding or sensitive cell lines, extensive hormone, biochemical and viral testing profiles should be considered. R&D Systems FBS manufacturing processes meet USDA requirements for animal products and ensures the product is traceable back to the date and location of collection. To learn more about 40-year historical consistency of R&D Systems FBS products, read our application note here.

What other support products for cell culture are available for free samples?

You may also request a free sample of N21-MAX and N-2 MAX Media Supplement or Cultrex UltiMatrix Basement Membrane Extract.