Drug Discovery /
Pooled high content phenotypic screens of genes and drugs. Compatible with multiple libraries including CRISPR gRNAs, shRNAs, antibodies, and even small molecule compounds.
Pooled High-Content Screening of Genes and Drugs
Our Solution for Drug Discovery
Image-based high-content screening (HCS) is a powerful method for identifying genes and compounds that induce physiologically relevant disease-linked cellular phenotypes. However, it is time-consuming and expensive due to its reliance on well-to-well imaging of microplates.
Using ThinkCyte’s proprietary machine Vision-based Cell Sorting technology, we have developed a new method that enables high-throughput image-based HCS in a pooled format. This novel method is compatible with various types of libraries, including CRISPR gRNAs, shRNAs, antibodies, peptides, and small molecule compounds.
Key Advantages of Our
a wide range of libraries
Small molecule libraries, CRISPR, shRNA, peptide, phage libraries, etc.
High speed sorting
・Pathway-specific libraries: 1–3 h
・Whole-genome libraries: 8–12 h
・Compound libraries (~100,000 compounds): 1–3 d
For precious cells
Only a few hundred cells per gene/compound are required for screening
Link genotypes to phenotypes
Image data is linked to the NGS data
Phenotype-driven Target Validation in Drug Discovery
In the phenotypic screening process, identification of disease relevant phenotypes is crucial. Our screening platform is able to detect various types of phenotypes, such as changes in protein localization, aggregation, and cell and organelle morphology, using fluorescence reporters. Furthermore, our proprietary machine vision-based classification technique can discriminate morphological differences of cells including live and apoptotic cells, differentiated and undifferentiated cells, and healthy and disease relevant cells, without the use of molecular labels. These label-free phenotypes can be also used in our screening system.
Disease-relevant phenotypes of cells
Disease vs Healthy
Our screening platform enables image-based high-content screens in a pooled format and can dramatically accelerate the screening process while reducing costs. It is compatible with a wide range of libraries, including CRISPR gRNAs, shRNAs, antibodies, peptides, and small molecule compounds.
Pooled screening of genes
Our technology is applicable for genetic screens using lentivirus libraries, including CRISPR libraries.
Pooled screening of drugs
Combining our proprietary VisionSort technology with DNA barcoding and droplet techniques, image-based high-content screens can be performed for small molecule libraries in a pooled format as well.