About Us

Header: SYTO16 (cyan) and lectin (pink) in mouse brain hemisphere with large tumor in striatum. Tissue courtesy of Deborah Healey and Dr. Chad Quarles, Barrow Neurological Institute. Above: MBP in mouse cerebellum, 4X.

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.

3D Exploration

Study biological samples with unprecedented speed, depth, and quality. Upgrade from 2D IHC methods.

Sample to Result

Tissue preservation, clearing, labeling, 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.

We guide through every step of the sample's journey

Figure 1. SHIELD cross-links biological samples.
Tissue Preservation
Delipidation
Delipidation
Immunolabeling
Immunolabeling
Clearing
Optical Clearing
Imaging
Light Sheet Imaging
analysis
3D Image Analysis

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.

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