The services offered by the Nikon BioImaging Lab can be roughly divided into 5 themes, varying with service type and level. Unlike a traditional core facility, our services don’t stop at assisted equipment use, but include up to full service imaging, analysis, assay development, and cell culture.
Not sure if your needs fit strictly within one of the below service options? There’s no need to worry, we are flexible in designing a relationship to provide the services you need, and not the ones you don’t. These are simply guidelines to help explain the capabilities of the Nikon BioImaging Lab, and avenues for engaging with us.
The information on these pages applies to the Nikon BioImaging Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. There are also laboratories in Leiden, The Netherlands and Shonan, Japan. For more information, please contact the facility nearest to your location.
Our pilot program enables you to evaluate whether the Nikon BioImaging Lab’s contract imaging services are a suitable for your research. Collaborate with Nikon's expert staff to explore your research requirements and help determine how your project will function in practice. Please contact us for more information on this trial service.
Full service assay
Leave it to Nikon. We sit down with you to take a holistic look at your research question and how we can address it, working together to craft and implement a complete assay solution. This includes protocol design, cell culturing services, imaging hardware delivery or operation, image analysis and quantification, reporting, and process refinement. This usually takes the form of contract research services at the Nikon BioImaging Lab, as outlined by the figure below.
Nikon provides “Organ-on-a-Chip Imaging and Analysis contract services” that capture and analyze organ chip images in the most suitable manner for the purpose of research and development relating to drug discovery, based on commissions from each customer, at Nikon BioImaging Labs.
In the drug discovery field, cells and biological tissues are used for evaluating the efficacy and safety of drug candidates under conditions aimed at recapitulating the physiological environment. Before administering a new investigational drug to humans to confirm its efficacy and toxicity, an enormous amount of time and cost is required in order to reproducibly carry out such tests.
In contrast, an organ chip can mimic an organ in-vivo system with physiological functions by culturing cells derived from the organ in a micro-fluidic device on the chip. While this is a revolutionary technology that can be utilized to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of candidate compounds with high accuracy and efficiency, advanced techniques are required to acquire images of organ chips with complex structures, select analysis conditions, and acquire quantitative data. Nikon has established the optimum conditions for imaging and analysis for each organ-on-a-chip and the specific aim of each experiment, in collaboration with major organ-on-a-chip manufacturers.
Process of “Organ-on-a-Chip Imaging and Analysis contract services”
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Please contact us for service costs and details.
Full service imaging
Ship or drop off your samples and leave the imaging to Nikon. We’ll send back the imaging data in your preferred format. This option is best for customers who want to do their own image analysis and quantification, but don’t have the sufficient time, personnel, and/or equipment availability for the desired type of imaging.
Note: If you are in the Greater Boston area and would like to be present during the imaging of your samples, you are more than welcome to visit to our lab.
Full service analysis
We perform all qualitative and quantitative analyses on images and report complete results. This service applies to both images acquired at the Nikon BioImaging Lab and elsewhere using other microscope systems, including those produced by other manufacturers. This service may even be provided remotely, expanding its availability beyond the Boston metropolitan area. We can even work with our headquarters in Tokyo and New York to craft custom analysis solutions for demanding applications, including solutions based on artificial intelligence/machine learning.