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New Super Resolution microscopy solution for living cell imaging

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Innovative solution for super-resolution imaging of living cells

Super-resolution (SR) microscopy surpasses the diffraction limit that restricts the optical resolution to 250 nm and allows the visualisation of subcellular organisation with unprecedented detail. SR imaging has been an integral tool for cell biologists, parasitologists and virologists. However, applications of SR technology have been limited by challenges that include potential damage to the biological objects by the intense light used for imaging as well as technical complexity and high costs. The EU-funded LiveCODIM project aims to apply the proprietary technology to expand the accessibility of SR microscopy by developing a plug-and-play system to study living cells. The solution will be cost-effective compared to current methods and will be able to turn any fluorescence microscope into the latest generation SR system.


In the last years, major advances in imaging have significantly contributed to the improvement of EU citizens’ quality of life,
from research to diagnostic and therapy. Super Resolution microscopy (SR) is a milestone discovery which goes beyond the
limits of optics, typically around 250nm, or ¼ of a μm (one can see inside a virus!). Nevertheless, SR has yet to become a
standard imaging modality, like the confocal or the widefield microscopes. Dissemination is still slowed by three critical
- damage to the biological tissue – it’s almost impossible to observe live cells
- technical complexity – only highly skilled operators can use the instruments
- cost of ownership – typically around half million euros for a complete solution
BioAxial, a Paris-based company, has developed the CODIM family of SR microscopes, using proprietary and well-patented
technology. After proof of concept, a 1st generation system has been acquired and is used by major players (Pasteur
Institute, Sanofi, Konica Minolta). Leveraging our core technology, LiveCODIM changes the game, scaling up SR
microscopy, with a breakthrough solution:
- specifically designed for the study of living cells
- a plug and play system requiring neither extensive, multi-skill staff training nor complex sample preparation
- 3x more cost-effective than the few other comparable solutions, with higher resolution
- which turns any fluorescence microscope into the latest generation SR system.
Not just an evolution, but a genuine revolution, LiveCODIM initially addresses the life science imaging market, a 1Bn€
playground, and has many other potential applications, in diagnostic (human tissue) and outside life science.
This project brings multiple benefits to EU citizens, by its contribution to life and environmental improvement.

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Net EU contribution
€ 2 410 486,50
75014 PARIS

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 3 601 250,00

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