What is the difference between Defined and Characterized Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS)?

  Defined Characterized
  US FBS
SH30070
US FBS
SH30071
AUS FBS
SH30084
NZ FBS
SH30406
Origin of raw serum United States United States Australia New Zealand
Country of filtration United States United States New Zealand New Zealand
Lot size (approx)
3,000 L 3,000 L
2,000 L 2,000 L
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Endotoxin (EU/mL) ≤10 ≤25 ≤25 ≤20
Typical Endo (EU/mL) .125 - .5
.125 - .5
.125 - .5 .125 - 1
Performance testing
Virus testing (9CFR 113.53)
EMA virus testing Available for a fee Available for a fee Available for a fee Available for a fee
BSE risk (Per ISIA) Low Low Low Low
Filtration 40 nm filtration triple 0.1 µm filtration triple 0.1 µm filtration triple 0.1 µm filtration
Hemoglobin (mg/dL) ≤10 ≤25 ≤25 ≤25
Typical Hemo (mg/dL) 1 - 5
1 - 7
1 - 4
1 - 4
Mycoplasma Not Detected Not Detected Not Detected Not Detected
Oritain origin testing
Irradiation Available for a fee Available for a fee Available for a fee Available for a fee
Heat inactivation Available for a fee Available for a fee Available for a fee Available for a fee
True pool processing

*Post production treatment, available upon request for a fee.
Irradiation ranges: 25-40kGy & 30-45kGy (30-40kGy in AU)