About Us

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Who we are

We are innovators in whole tissue processing, light sheet imaging, and analysis. LifeCanvas was founded by MIT Professor Kwanghun Chung, a pioneer in the field of tissue clearing who has developed novel tools to explore biological systems (CLARITY, SWITCH, MAP, SHIELD, and eFLASH).

Our vision

LifeCanvas empowers researchers with streamlined workflows and unbiased data. Through our technologies and support, we expedite drug discovery, molecular phenotyping, and anatomical mapping. We also seek to hasten enhanced precision diagnoses of solid tumors and diseased tissues in order to improve human health.

Advancing biomedical research

Our scientists have processed samples from many biological systems:

  • Brain
  • Spinal cord
  • Dorsal root ganglion
  • Sciatic nerve
  • Peroneal nerve
  • Heart
  • Blood vessels
  • Cardiomyocytes
  • Intestine
  • Liver
  • Eye
  • Ear
  • Limb
  • Muscle
  • Pancrease
  • Adipose tissue
  • Placenta
  • Organoids
  • Whole mice
Icons highlighting different organs: brain, ear, liver, GI tract, eye, lungs, heart, spinal cord, whole mouse
3D Exploration
Study biological samples with unprecedented speed, depth, and quality.
Sample to Result
Complete solutions for tissue processing, imaging, and analysis, with expert support the whole way.
For Scientists, by Scientists
Technologies invented, optimized, and used by researchers who understand your needs and goals.

Tools for every step of the sample's journey

LifeCanvas’ pipeline is the world’s only end-to-end solution for processing whole organs from preservation to analysis. These methods have resolved many issues related to thin-section histology and immunohistochemistry (IHC), including: high consumption of time and resources, spotlight bias, and realignment errors. Learn more about how we are revolutionizing spatial biology in our white paper.

Partners and Affiliations

Header: SYTO16 (cyan) and lectin (pink) in mouse brain hemisphere with large tumor in striatum, imaged with SmartSPIM. Tissue courtesy of Deborah Healey and Dr. Chad Quarles, Barrow Neurological Institute.