A new generation of active temperature-controlled and CO2-conditioned transport devices are challenging the existing cell shipment methods. In routine cell culture transport protocols, it is commonplace to thaw, plate and recover cryopreserved cells. When using this method, some cells survive the transport quite well, while others either do not survive the transport at all or come back from a near-death experience- not quite the same afterwards. Cells that are exposed to suboptimal life-sustaining conditions encounter severe stress and have a reduced survival rate. Dr. Corné Swart at Cellbox Solutions GmbH explores the new way of live cell transportation.