What serum-free media do you recommend for iCell Cardiomyocytes2 in MEA and xCELLigence applications? Can I use these media for other assays?

While our iCell® Cardiomyocytes Plating and Maintenance media for iCell Cardiomyocytes2 contain serum and will expose cells to it during the culture conditions recommended in our User Guide, we have performed a complete medium exchange to serum-free conditions before the assay for incubation lasting overnight (exchange the night before assay) or 4 hours (exchange on the morning of assay) for Maestro (48-well plate, Axion BioSystems) and xCELLigence Cardio RTCA 96-well plate (ACEA Biosystems) applications. We cannot provide support for serum-free incubation beyond 24 hours.

For this serum-free assay medium, we recommend a DMEM-based medium (without glucose) containing 1 mM sodium pyruvate (diluted from a 100x solution) and 10 mM galactose (weighed from powder). Be sure to remove all serum-containing medium from the wells during the exchange, allow at least 4 hours for recovery after medium exchange, and prepare compound dilutions in the serum-free medium.

See our Application Protocol for impedance and extracellular field potential detection on the Maestro MEA platform and our Application Protocol for impedance detection with the xCELLigence RTCA Cardio System for more details.


  1. iCell Cardiomyocytes2 User Guide
  2. Application Protocol: Measuring Cardiac Activity: Impedance and Extracellular Field Potential Detection with xCELLigence RTCA CardioECR System
  3. Application Protocol: Measuring Cardiac Activity: Impedance Detection with xCELLigence RTCA Cardio System
  4. Webinar Presentation: Investigative in vitro Drug Toxicology with Human iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes (July 2015)