Transform tissues into actionable insights to accelerate drug discovery through advanced imaging and digital image analysis.
How We Started
The inspiration for Visikol grew out of a plant microscopy class at Rutgers University in the fall of 2011. Visikol Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Tom Villani, learned of the labor intensive process of obtaining and using the traditional plant clearing agent, chloral hydrate. As a highly regulated narcotic with a long history of abuse, chloral hydrate was far from an easily accessible or safe agent to use in biology research. Tom knew there had to be an easier way.
Working with an advisory team of Dr. Jim Simon and Dr. Adolfina Koroch, the original Visikol® tissue clearing technology was born in the labs at Rutgers University as a safe and easy-to-use tissue clearing agent for plant biology research. As we very quickly learned, the potential of this tissue clearing technology was not solely limited to plant biology. By working with the technology, we found new and unique ways to apply it to clear a wide range of biological tissues as well as techniques to obtain quantitative three-dimensional data from tissues. Today, we have expanded well beyond the world of plant biology and are excited to bring you a suite of tissue clearing reagents as well as a three-dimensional tissue imaging and quantitative analysis service offering.
Where We are Today
We have transitioned from a company just selling reagents and kits for academic researchers to a full service contract research organization focused on digital pathology, 3D and 2D in vitro assays and advanced whole mount imaging. We partner closely with pharmaceutical companies on their drug discovery efforts and see ourselves as experts in developing customized solutions for complex research questions.