Areas of Application

Our NMR-based Metabolomics Platform is able to analyse cells at different levels of complexity:

  • adherent and suspension cell-culture
  • Spheroids
  • Organoids
  • Primary tissue

Moreover our Metabolomics Platform is able to be adapted to different fields of applications:

  • General metabolism analysis
  • Toxicology assay (development)
  •  Pharmacology assay (development)
  • Drug metabolism

The Technology

We developed a planar NMR-sample loading and analysing system, that is suitable to contain and sustain cultured cells, spheroids, organoids and tissue over several days under stable conditions. Our Metabolomics Platform is able continuously monitor metabolites and small molecules. Using the controlled pulses technique you are able to get specific information about a certain metabolite, amino acid, drug or other small molecule. We are able to perform:


  • snap-shot measurements
  • integrated live measurements for low abundant metabolites/molecules
  • online and offline kinetics


NMR based technologies are frequently used to identify and characterise small chemical molecules at a highly reliable level. In current approaches NMR techniques are frequently adapted to analyse cells, tissues and organs and retrieve chemical information in a space resolved manner. We present an easy-to-handle NMR-based technology development that is suitable for a wide range of applications with a high amount of flexibility and possibilities for adaption to specific applications.

Developmental stage

Several prototypes are available and currently used in application based research projects.


Compared to already available solutions in NMR-based cell- and tissue analysis our Metabolomics Platform grants several advantages:

  • easy to handle (no need to remove cells from cultured environment)
  • flexible in a wide range of applications
  • easy and cost-efficient in production
  • Suitable for chemical analysis and imaging

Intelectual property rights

Granted: DE102014107296, DE102014115702, DE102015115996

Application: DE102014115572, PCT/EP2016/071535, DE102015115440, PCT/EP2016/072253


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