Physics matters.

Biological cells are not static, but exert a broad range of forces that are key in healthy physiology. In diverse diseases from asthma to cardiovascular disease and cancer metastasis, this force landscape is profoundly altered. By measuring these forces, we can potentially identify and address these pathologies.

While cell contractility and cell biophysics are an emerging target of diagnostics and therapeutics in human disease, there are no clinical or industrial methods for characterizing the forces exerted by the cell. We're leading a paradigm shift toward mechanomedicine today, which will define the landscape of drug development and safety testing of tomorrow.



You need direct measurements. We have the solution.

Live Cell Technologies Canada fills the growing clinical and industrial need for cell force assays by translating a biophysics lab technology, Traction Force Microscopy (TFM), to a high-throughput methodology, Contractile Force Screening (CFS). We provide end-to-end solutions to directly measure cellular contractile forces for your cell biology, health, and pharmaceutical research needs. Don’t see what you need? Not sure what would work? Let us know! We will work with you to customize solutions for your research needs.



Have a massive pool of drug prospects? Screening compounds for the next Fountain of Youth? Investigating a mechanical disease?

Whether identifying cardiac inotropes, anti-fibrotic agents, or bronchodilators, contractility force screening (CFS) is focused on the key physiological endpoint – contractile force, leading to more economical, faster, and relevant pharmaceutical development. The possibilities don’t end here; we will work with you to implement CFS in your workflow!



Our patented CFS technology is backed up by decades of innovation from pioneers in the field of mechanobiology.



Beyond the product

Customized Assays

We tailor our platform to suit your needs: 1-, 6-, 12-, 24-, 48-, 96-well plates for soft substrate studies and contractile force screening.

Analysis Software

Translate rich contractility data into meaningful insights.

1-on-1 Support

We're here to help you get the most out of your experiments, from the design stage through data analysis.

Our Clients

Our clients' work spans drug discovery, validation, and toxicity screening





An Interdisciplinary Founding Team

Our collective expertise spans the fields of physics, materials science, and physiology.

Dr. Ramaswamy Krishnan

Ramaswamy Krishnan, Ph.D.


Contractile Force Screening
Cell and Tissue Mechanics

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jeffrey Fredberg

Jeffrey Fredberg, Ph.D.


Traction Force Microscopy
Lung (Patho)physiology
Physics of Oncology

Professor of Bioengineering and Physiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Allen Ehrlicher

Allen Ehrlicher, Ph.D.


Material Physics
Nuclear Mechanotransduction
Biomimetic Material Science

Associate Professor of Bioengineering at McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Canada Research Chair in Active Mechanobiology

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