Incucyte Research Areas

Assays for Oncology Research

Exploring the hallmarks of cancer with real-time live-cell analysis

The hallmarks of cancer are continually being updated. This constantly evolving picture of tumor biology is helping to shed new light on the behavior of many cancers, as well as providing new pharmacological targets and treatment strategies. Much of this progress has been driven by technological advances, and the last decade has seen huge strides made in the field of live-cell assays, using both traditional 2D techniques and advanced 3D Cell Culture Models. Understanding the mechanisms concerned in tumor cell proliferation, death, metabolism, tumor metastasis or avoiding immune destruction may lead to limiting tumor progression and, as a result, to a reduction in mortality for many cancer patients.

The live-cell analysis capabilities of the Incucyte® Live-Cell Analysis System are revolutionizing the field of oncology research. By offering the ability to study cancer cell biology over time, in a completely non-perturbing way, this system is providing unique insights into wide range of Applications.

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Incucyte® Applications and Assays to Enable Oncology Research


Selective Proliferative Advantage 

Cell counting & Proliferation
Cell Cycle
3D Spheroid
Reporter Genes

Study the ‘competitive advantage’ cancer cells have when it comes to cell viability or division. Leverage tumor spheroid models to derive more physiologically-relevant insight.


Invasion & Metastasis

Scratch wound
3D Spheroid Invasion
Dilution cloning

Dissect the sequential steps of metastasis, or monitor cell function & movement in 2D or 3D cultures remodelling the extracellular matrix.


Immune Modulation

Immune Cell Killing
Antibody Internalization
Live-cell immunocytochemistry

Reveal the dynamic interactions between immune and cancer cells, study immune responses or phagocytosis with wide range of non-perturbing reagents.


Metabolic Rewiring 

NEW ATP Metabolism
NEW Mitochondrial Membrane Potential

Characterize the aberrant metabolic activities of cancer cells providing greater insight into tumor progression, as well as potentially offering new therapeutic targets.




Evaluate the differentiation and tube formation of endothelial cells that occur during vascularization, as well as the critical functions of stromal cells .

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Oncology literature & resources

Find helpful resources for oncology research like peer-reviewed publications, application notes, protocols, scientific posters, videos, and more.

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Oncology reagents & software

A comprehensive range of reagents and software for the Incucyte® Live –Cell Analysis System is available to support your oncology research.

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1. Kerri Wolf-Dennen, Nancy Gordon & Eugenie S. Kleinerman, 2020. Exosomal communication by metastatic osteosarcoma cells modulates alveolar macrophages to an M2 tumor-promoting phenotype and inhibits tumoricidal functions.  Read more

2. Mara Vinci & Chris Jones, et al., 2018. Functional diversity and cooperativity between subclonal populations of pediatric glioblastoma and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma cells. Read more

3. Salo T., et al., 2018. Organotypic three-dimensional assays based on human leiomyoma-derived matrices. Read more

4. Shengguang Chen et al., 2017. PM2.5 exposure decreases viability, migration and angiogenesis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells and human microvascular endothelial cells. Read more

5. Fouad, Y.A. & Aanei, C., 2017. Revisiting the hallmarks of cancer. American Journal of Cancer Research. Read more

6. Hanahan, D. and Weinberg, R.A, 2011. Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation. Cell. Read more

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