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Definition of American Type Culture Collection (ATCC)

Reviewed on 3/29/2021

American Type Culture Collection (ATCC): Although little known to the general public, the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) is a key resource for medical research. It is the world's premier biological culture repository. The ATCC assures medical and other biological scientists a reliable source of over 60,000 authenticated, viable cultures of:

The ATCC does research to improve the propagation, preservation, classification, and characterization of cultures and to develop new and enhanced culture products through in-house efforts and collaborative alliances. Established in 1925, the ATCC is now headquartered in Manassas, Virginia.

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