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Series B | Alive

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Last Raised

$26M | 2 yrs ago

About ThinkCyte

ThinkCyte develops Ghost Cytometry technology, a high-throughput image-based cell sorting system that integrates advanced imaging, machine learning, and microfluidics technologies. It enables researchers to identify cells based on their images and isolate target cells, including rare cells, in real-time. This approach brings throughput, analysis, and sorting on a single cell level to disciplines such as drug discovery, cell therapy, and clinical diagnostics.

Headquarters Location

U. Tokyo Entrepreneur Plaza 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku

Tokyo, 113-0033,


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ESPs containing ThinkCyte

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Life Sciences / Biopharma Tech

These companies provide laboratory equipment and software to sequence, observe, and analyze individual cells. Solutions in this space enable pharma companies to develop therapies based on rare cellular genetics and phenotypes.

ThinkCyte named as Highflier among 15 other companies, including Mission Bio, Celsius Therapeutics, and HiFiBiO Therapeutics.

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ThinkCyte's Products & Differentiators


    VisionSort-CT is a high-speed, high-content label-free analysis and sorting system using our proprietary GC technology for the manufacturing of cell therapy products including CAR-T, stem cells, etc. The product can be customized and used in various steps of the manufacturing processs, including QC, enrichment, and purification.

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ThinkCyte Patents

ThinkCyte has filed 12 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Cell biology
  • Flow cytometry
  • Microscopy
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Latest ThinkCyte News

ThinkCyte Reveals VisionSort™

Mar 1, 2023

ThinkCyte Reveals VisionSort™ March 1, 2023 ThinkCyte, a biotechnology company pioneering novel artificial intelligence (AI)-based cell analysis, characterization, and isolation technologies, announced today that it will begin the commercial launch of its new cell sorting platform, VisionSort™. The launch coincides with the 2023 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) conference in San Diego, CA from February 25-March 1, 2023 where VisionSort and its integrated Ghost Cytometry® technology were selected as finalists for Best New Product and Innovation Awards, respectively. The new ThinkCyte VisionSort is powered by Ghost Cytometry, an innovative AI-driven technology for characterizing and sorting cells based on their physical properties (morphology) and recognized by publication in the prestigious journal Science. It is the first cell sorter to combine analytical features found in conventional fluorescence flow sorters with the ability to perform label-free cell sorting and unbiased morphological analysis of cell populations. The combined capabilities can enable researchers to not only view cells based on a combination of known markers and morphological phenotypes, but also sort out unique populations for downstream processing or molecular analysis. “VisionSort is bringing an entirely new dimension to traditional cellular analysis and sorting,” said Janette Phi, Chief Business Officer at ThinkCyte. “By combining the ability to look at cellular morphology in 3-dimensions with traditional fluorescence measures and adding the power of AI to discover hidden patterns in data, VisionSort lets investigators view the relationship between cellular phenotypes and disease in completely new ways.” Access to the technology embedded in VisionSort was first announced last year through ThinkCyte’s Early Access Program. The EAP engaged participation from key biopharmaceutical industry partners and leading academic centers across a variety of application areas in cell therapy R&D, disease profiling, and drug discovery. One of these EAP partners will present new data on a novel approach at classification of leukemia patients using Ghost Cytometry at SLAS. More information about the ThinkCyte VisionSort cell sorter is available at the SLAS 2023 conference, through technical representatives at, and at previous post

ThinkCyte Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was ThinkCyte founded?

    ThinkCyte was founded in 2016.

  • Where is ThinkCyte's headquarters?

    ThinkCyte's headquarters is located at U. Tokyo Entrepreneur Plaza, Tokyo.

  • What is ThinkCyte's latest funding round?

    ThinkCyte's latest funding round is Series B.

  • How much did ThinkCyte raise?

    ThinkCyte raised a total of $41.4M.

  • Who are the investors of ThinkCyte?

    Investors of ThinkCyte include SBI Investment, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, SPARX Group, Sysmex, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Investment and 7 more.

  • Who are ThinkCyte's competitors?

    Competitors of ThinkCyte include Luminex and 3 more.

  • What products does ThinkCyte offer?

    ThinkCyte's products include VisionSort-CT and 1 more.

  • Who are ThinkCyte's customers?

    Customers of ThinkCyte include Sysmex and Mid-size biotech.

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