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nCounter and Cancer Research















Designed for Pathway-based Cancer Research

Study Entire Pathways or Multiple Pathways in a Single Reaction

Leading cancer researchers worldwide are leveraging NanoString's digital profiling technology to explore the frontiers of cancer biology. As the importance of studying the role of signaling pathways in cancer biology grows, many researchers are finding that the nCounter Analysis System is an indispensable tool for accelerating their research. With the capability to generate digital results for up to 800 targets in a single reaction, the nCounter system enables precise analysis of entire pathways (or multiple pathways) faster and with less bench time.

Q&A with Dr. Joe Beechem on Pathway Biology

NanoString Technologies: Q&A with Dr. Joe Beechem on Pathway Biology

Chemistry Designed for
Pathway-based Cancer Research

  • Highly multiplexed - 800 targets per reaction
  • No amplification - compatible with FFPE and no bias
  • Precision - digital counting means unparalleled reproducibility
  • Simple and fast - easier, faster data production
NanoString Chemistry


Video: Cancer Research and the nCounter Analysis System

In this video, Dr. Philippa Webster describes how leading cancer researchers are using the nCounter Analysis System to study biological pathways. See how the nCounter System is used to study multiple biological pathways in a single reaction and to easily analyze FFPE tumor samples.

Analyzing FFPE Samples with the nCounter System

Generate Higher-quality Results from FFPE Specimens

Another reason why the nCounter Analysis System is being rapidly adopted by the cancer research community is its compatibility with FFPE specimens. These precious specimens offer enormous potential to further scientific enquiry and accelerate the testing of important hypotheses. However, owing to the fact that FFPE preservation was developed (over 100 years ago) to maintain morphology and without any consideration of nucleic acids, genomic analysis of these specimens has proven challenging. The nCounter system eliminates this challenge. The system utilizes novel chemistry that detects nucleic acid molecules directly (without amplification) and is highly tolerant of degraded nucleic acids and matrix components associated with FFPE samples.