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IN VITRO, CELL-BASED
ASSAY SERVICES

Get actionable insights into your therapeutic candidate before it reaches the clinic.

OUR IN VITRO ASSAY SERVICE OFFERINGS

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CUSTOM ASSAYS

Custom assays to answer your specific, complex biological questions.
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READY-2-GO

Defined assay offerings across a range of disease and therapeutic areas.
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CELL PAINTING

Compare your compounds' effects against those of reference compounds.
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IMAGING & ANALYSIS

You send us plates with cells that have been fixed & stained, and we'll send you data.
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FEATURE COMPARISON

Custom Assays

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Ready-2-Go

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Cell Painting Base Offering

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Imaging & Analysis

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Cell Model
Your choice Select from available options A549 cells Client- provided
Fluorescent Dyes & Stains
Your choice Pre-determined Pre-determined Client- provided
Timepoint(s)
Your choice Pre-determined Pre-determined Client- provided
Compounds
Your choice Your choice Your choice Client- provided
Workflow Stages Included
All All All Consultation & scope, image, analyze, and report

 

ENGAGEMENT STYLES

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CONSULTATION

  • Scientific insights
  • Additional, complex analysis of existing data
  • Flexible
  • Single project or ongoing

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PROJECT BASED

  • Add projects as needed
  • Ideal for pilot studies
  • Full range of research areas
  • Culture to bioinformatics

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FTE

  • Most flexible - adjust on the go
  • Priority resource access
  • Dedicated scientific point of contact

IN VITRO ASSAYS PLAY A KEY ROLE IN DRUG DISCOVERY

In vitro assays offer a cost-effective, efficient, and highly reliable way to screen candidate compounds in the early stages of drug development. Whether identifying promising, novel agents or aiming to enhance existing treatments, in vitro assays can be applied to a wide range of systems, from simple mono-cultures of immortalized cell lines to complex cultures of patient-derived tissue samples or iPSC-derived cells.

Benefits include:

  • Scalable to high-throughput formats
  • Ability to isolate, control, and study specific pathways or systems of interest
  • Fast turnaround time compared to in vivo assays
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DISCOVER MORE WITH A PARTNER YOU CAN TRUST

"We worked with PhenoVista over a period of almost two years on an exploratory project that came with multiple layers of complexity. We were impressed by the scientific rigor and ingenuity that is part of the culture at PhenoVista. James and team are true collaborators, and they proactively shared ideas to help us achieve our goal. Paired with excellent communication and flexibility to accommodate the scientific-discovery path, we can honestly say that it was a joy to work with PhenoVista."

Dr. Steve Rodems, VP Research and Non-clinical Development | Travere Therapeutics

OUR EXPERTISE

Our goal is to provide you with better data faster, so that you can identify potential, adverse outcomes of your therapeutic candidate early in drug development. By utilizing clinically relevant cell models and cutting-edge, high-content imaging techniques, we provide invaluable insights and support towards your research.

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OUR PEOPLE SET US APART

We are a team of scientists, engineers, data scientists, and support staff, who are incredibly passionate about biology and how it propels our world forward. With diverse backgrounds ranging from plant biology to neuroscience, we're able to deliver breakthrough solutions for your most challenging biological questions. We are proud to say that we love what we do and that we get to do it together. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Assay Design & Development

PhenoVista’s core capabilities focus on the development, execution, and analysis of cell-based assays through high-content imaging across numerous areas of biology/disease. We routinely design, develop, and run assays that generate diverse readouts at the cellular and subcellular levels, including, but not limited to, cytotoxicity, target identification, target validation, therapeutic efficacy, mode-of-action determination, and therapeutic delivery.


We support a broad range of projects, from our off-the-shelf, Ready-2-Go assays to completely customized development projects. We also offer Imaging & Analysis services, in which you ship to us your fixed cells for high-content imaging and we send you your quantitative-analysis results.


Protocol transfer is not required. Our custom assay services offer tailorable, comprehensive solutions that span initial assay development and setup, staining and imaging, and data analysis and mining. Clients can choose to collaborate with us at any point in this process. However, we also can certainly onboard customer protocols, fixed-cell plates, stained-cell plates, or previously captured images for downstream processing and analysis. We can also incorporate outbound technology transfer into project plans, should clients prefer to transition any developed assay protocol back to their organization for subsequent in-house use.


We can utilize a wide array of cell types in our assay services, including immortalized, primary, iPSCs, and patient-derived cells.


While we do not offer tissue analysis, we have established expansive 3D, high-content imaging assays to characterize more complex, physiologically relevant cellular models, such as spheroids, organoids, and 3D bioprinted co-cultures that incorporate diverse cell types.


We have extensive expertise in developing and working with 3D, in vitro cell models including spheroids, organoids, and 3D, bioprinted co-cultures.


We can incorporate a wide array of cell types into the 3D models we offer. These include, but are not limited to, immortalized cells, primary cells (including immune cells), iPSCs, and/or patient-derived cells. We have used these models in diverse assays, such as CAR-T cell-mediated cancer organoid cytotoxicity, synovial-joint modeling, and gut neurosphere differentiation.


Yes - we can design time-resolved studies based on two different approaches. For studies that require fully kinetic readouts, we can utilize live cells that either express fluorescently tagged marker(s) and/or are compatible with fluorescent indicator dyes that do not impact cell viability and image over time in our live cell-enabled imaging instruments. This approach is best suited to small-scale projects that do not require high-throughput data generation. If the study design incorporates analysis of markers that require fixation and/or high-throughput assessment, we can set up a multi-timepoint workflow.


Assay Readouts

Depending on the assay design, we have the flexibility to evaluate a broad spectrum of therapeutic agents, including, but not limited to, small molecules, targeted therapeutic antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, biologics (such as natural products and peptides), and therapeutic siRNAs.


The types of markers and readouts we can accommodate are dependent on the robust detection reagents available that address the relevant biology and are compatible with our in-house, high-content imaging platforms.


Theoretically we can accommodate assessment of any number of markers, provided that robust detection reagents are available that address the relevant biology and are compatible with our in-house, high-content imaging platforms. We define “palettes” of up to four compatible markers per grouping, tailored to ensure cross-compatibility in the staining workflow and to minimize potential spectral crosstalk between fluorophores. Each project may incorporate use of one or more palettes to capture all desired measurements.


Our core expertise is based in assay development and high-content imaging and analysis. If your project requires generation of complementary data sets to achieve your goal(s), we can offer parallel generation of cellular samples for external analysis as a deliverable. Where appropriate, we may suggest partnering with one of our collaborators to analyze these samples, and we can incorporate contracting these additional services into your project plan.


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