iPSC Differentiation Services

Human iPSC-derived cell models are valuable resources for studying disease mechanisms in vitro at the cellular level, screening potential new drug candidates, and investigating toxic side effects caused by a drug treatment. Such iPSC-based models enable researchers to perform defined experimental conditions in a reproducible manner.

iXCells offers cost-effective iPSC differentiation services with fast turnaround time. Our protocols can be tailored from small to large scale production based on your needs. Upon request, our dedicated stem cell specialists will provide free consultation and ongoing support for your disease modeling studies in a defined timeline.


Our iPSC differentiation capabilities include, but not limited to:

For your convenience, we're

  • Neural Stem Cells
  • Cortical Neurons
  • Motor Neurons
  • Dopaminergic Neurons
  • GABAergic Neurons
  • Sensory Neurons
  • Microglia
  • Skeletal Muscle
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Human iPSC-Motor Neuron Differentiation


Figure 1. Human iPSC-motor neuron differentiation. (A) Phase contrast image of iPSC before differentiation. Scale bar: 500 µm; (B) Neural spheres upon neural induction on Day 11. Scale bar: 200 µm;(C) Neural rosette formation in neural progenitor cells (NPCs). Scale bar: 100 µm; (D and E) The cryopreserved iPSC-derived motor neurons were recovered and cultured 200,000 viable cells in Motor Neuron Maintenance Medium on PDL / Cultrex-coated wells in the 48-well plate;  (D) The cells were fixed and stained with anti-HB9 and anti-TUJ1 on Day 2 post thaw; (E) The cells were fixed and stained with anti-MAP2 and anti-ChAT on Day 7 post thaw. Scale bar: 100 µm.




Figure 2. Characterization of Human iPSC-motor neurons. (A and B) The iPSC-motor neurons were recovered and cultured in Motor Neuron Maintenance Medium for 2 days on Cultrex-coated plates, and then the cells were collected for FACS analysis with antibodies against TUJ1 and HB9; (C-E) The iPSC-motor neurons were recovered and cultured in Motor Neuron Maintenance Medium for 7 days on Cultrex-coated plates, and then the cells were collected for FACS analysis with antibodies against FOXP1, ISL1 and NeuN; (F) iPSC-MNs cell pellets were used for mycoplasma screening by PCR amplification of a ~270 bp sequence conserved in most of the mycoplasma species and a ~617 bp sequence conserved in most cells. Positive Ctl: DNA from a tested mycoplasma positive sample; Negative Ctl 1: Lysis buffer which was used to extract gDNA; Negative Ctl 2: DNA from a tested mycoplasma negative sample.


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