Interactive biology
at the cellular level


Since the invention of the microscope, scientists have looked at cells but have been unable to interact with them. With Berkeley Lights’ nanofluidic biosystems, now you can.



Berkeley Lights Inc. (BLI) is enabling a fundamentally new approach to biology, with technology that provides simultaneous selection, manipulation, and analysis of thousands of cells. Using our technology you can:

  • Select single cells and sequester them for further processing
  • Measure secretions of single cells
  • Culture single cells into viable clones
  • Locate and annotate very rare cells
  • Process low cell count (<5,000 cells) samples with negligible cell loss
  • Export single cells or cell clones for further analysis, such as single cell sequencing

OptoSelect™ visible light technology enables interactive biology at the cellular level. What you can do with a few cells, you can automate with 10,000s of cells.



The BLI biosystem streamlines Ab Discovery, Production Cell Line Development, and Single Cell Annotation and Genomics and increases the probability of success. We also enable new single cell workflows that are novel, scalable, and faster.


At the push of a button, BLI’s technology performs massively parallel single-cell selection and sorting, assaying, culturing, cloning, and export of cells or clones of interest using low intensity light.


“BLI technology facilitates high throughput single cell manipulation at a level that affords otherwise unachievable applications in areas such as immunotherapy, single cell diagnostics, exploring tissue heterogeneity and high throughput, single cell screening applications. Berkeley Lights is the only available technology where you can truly ‘see’ numerous single, distinct cells, and monitor in real time each cell’s function during biochemistry or other manipulations.”


Dr. Eric Schadt, Ph.D.

Founding Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology
Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences
Jean and James C. Crystal Professor of Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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