Changing the Way Cell Culture Media Is Delivered

Krakatoa pods contain powdered media formulations and dispense fresh, ready-to-pipette custom media, buffers, or balanced salts. Iteration of optimized formulations has never been easier.

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Imagine the Podabilities

Pod Advantage

Fresh media delivered right at your benchtop! The patented design of a Krakatoa pod features a self-contained capsule that is both biodegradable and recyclable, bringing convenience and sustainability to your lab. Order, use, recycle — it’s that simple.

How to Order Your Custom Pods

Ordering your powdered cell culture media in pods is easy! Simply log in to NB-Lux and select your media, then choose your format, customize, and order.


Select from the media and solutions below.


Change the format to powder in the “Media Format and Packaging” section.


Configure, adjust components, and modify concentrations to your specifications.


Log in or sign up to NB-Lux to request a quote, order, and track your order.

Select Your Media Pod to Begin Customization

Dulbecco’s modified eagle media
Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM)
Minimal Essential Medium (MEM)
RPMI 1640 Medium
Medium 199
Ham’s F-12 Nutrient Mix
McCoy’s 5A Medium
Ham’s F-10 Nutrient Mix
Eagle's Minimum Essential Medium (EMEM)
Iscove's Modified Dulbecco's Medium (IMDM)
Balanced Salt Solutions
Buffer Solutions
Custom Media


Have a question? We’re here to help. If you don’t see your question, visit our FAQs page or contact us.

Is every media and biological solution "podable"?

Although the majority of media are “podable”, meaning it is okay to mix and store the mixture at room temperature, there are still a number of component mixtures we have not tested. Some pods may require a “podability” study to define if components are podable and to ensure consistent and high-quality outcomes. NB-Lux and your Technical Sales Specialist will advise if this is the case for your custom media project.

Can I order buffers and balanced salts in pods?

Absolutely! In addition to classical and custom media, buffers and balanced salts are available in Krakatoa pods and can be customized to your exact specifications.

Can I order complete media pods?
Currently, complete media in pods can only be acquired through Formulation Services. Please contact us to discuss your project with our team of expert scientists.
How long are Krakatoa™ pods stable?

Stability of a Krakatoa pod is defined by the powdered components. Since most media in pods are custom, requirements for storage may vary, but directions will be printed on the pod.

What is the minimum order quantity for pods?

One. You can order a single pod if you wish.

How long does it take to run a pod?

Typically less than 30 minutes from start to finish, though different formulas may vary slightly.

Can I order my pod formulation in different packaging formats?

Yes. If you define a target formula and wish to have that media produced in larger quantities, simply load the formula in NB-Lux and select “Liquid” for format. You can choose bottles, bags, or even drums for your packaging.