Nanolive label-free live cell
imaging and analysis

A revolution for cell biology

Capture dynamic, unbiased live cell data to accelerate discovery, development and therapeutics

Nanolive delivers breakthrough label-free live cell imaging and analysis solutions that accelerate research in growth industries such as drug discovery and cell therapy. Nanolive’s innovative solutions combine screening, imaging and analysis to radically advance how scientists study living cells and provide novel biological insights such as the mechanisms of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Nanolive’s label-free live cell imaging and analysis platforms allow scientists to explore living cells in 3D without damaging them. By delivering complete measurements and understandings on a sub-cellular scale (e.g. mitochondrial networks, stem cell differentiation),  Nanolive technology allows screening across thousands of live cell populations, and potential therapeutic use of those same, unperturbed, cells.

Application fields such as drug discovery, immuno-oncology, mitochondria & cell metabolism, neuroscience
Groundbreaking technology (platforms & consumables)
Swiss high precision and quality
Over 300 units installed worldwide
Award-winning technology
Patented product & technology
12’000 ft² headquarters in Switzerland with an international Team in USA & Europe
More than 1’000 citations in scientific papers

A deep understanding of live cells and their dynamics

Nanolive’s label-free live cell imaging and analysis platforms, consumables and services are built on technology that is 100% non-invasive, thus circumventing the use of current end-point assays that damage cells.

This allows live cells to be imaged and analyzed for an unlimited amount of time while characterizing their dynamics with the most reliable and quantitative results.

Our solutions are accelerating the drug discovery and development workflows of leading biopharma companies, transforming immuno-oncology, pathway discovery, mitochondrial & cell metabolism analysis, and sensitive cell line analytics. We are applying our technology to new research areas such as cell therapy manufacturing, regenerative medicine QA/QC and biotechnology.

Company history

Company Timeline


Invention of Nanolive technology

Basic research at Swiss federal institute of technology Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL)


Company incorporation

Incorporation of Nanolive SA at EPFL Innovation Park, a spin-off from EPFL


3D Cell Explorer

Launch of the world-first 3D label-free live cell imaging platform


3D Cell Explorer-fluo

Launch of the world-first 3D live cell imaging platform combined with fluorescence



Launch of the world-first and only platform for automated 3D label-free live cell imaging for multi-well screening


Business expansion

Inauguration of state-of-the-art production and research facilities in Lake Geneva Park high tech cluster


Series C Financing Round

Closing of US $22.2 million in the series C equity financing round

Management Team

Yann Cotte
Yann Cotte, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Cotte holds a Master in Physics from the State University of New York and a PhD in Holographic Microscopy from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne. Dr. Cotte made a fundamental discovery in microscopy during his PhD and co-founded Nanolive in 2013 where he holds since foundation the position of CEO.

Sebastien, CTO
Sébastien Equis, Ph.D.

Chief Technical Officer

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Dr. Sébastien Equis holds a Master in Optics / Physics / Electronics from Institut d’Optique in Paris and a PhD from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne. He co-founded Nanolive in 2013 where he holds the position of CTO and is the head of product development.

Lisa, CMO
Lisa Pollaro, Ph.D.

Chief Marketing Officer

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Dr. Lisa Pollaro holds a Master in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from Padua University and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne. Dr. Pollaro manages the marketing and communication team of Nanolive.

Award winning technology and products