Advanced Cell Diagnostics

RNAscope: the RNA answer. The first truly effective platform for detecting RNA in situ, down to the single molecule, with unprecedented specificity.


Company Profile

ACD shortens the path to personalized medicine by unlocking the power of RNA biomarkers.

Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc. (ACD) is a leader in the emerging field of molecular pathology, developing cell- and tissue-based diagnostic tests for personalized medicine. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, ACD was founded and managed by experienced entrepreneurs in the life science industry.

ACD’s products and services are based on its proprietary RNAscope® technology, the first multiplex fluorescent and chromogenic in situ hybridization platform capable of detecting and quantifying RNA biomarkers in situ at single molecule sensitivity.

What is RNAscope? Why RNAscope?

In addition to its ongoing efforts to develop proprietary diagnostic tests for cancer management, ACD also establishes partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to validate biomarkers for targeted therapeutic development. These internal and external efforts will continue to position ACD as a leader in molecular diagnostics and companion diagnostics.

The company’s technology overcomes critical hurdles in the identification and validation of biomarkers for companion diagnostics. ACD’s RNAscope® platform provides a new way of localizing and measuring RNA in situ with exceptional levels of sensitivity, specificity, and the ability to multiplex. Turnaround time for a new assay is reduced to three weeks. These advantages make the technology a powerful tool to address the issue of patient and disease heterogeneity, thus shortening the path to personalized medicine


Delivers Quantitative Molecular Detection and Morphological Context (MD & MC) in a Single Assay

RNAscope® Technology is a cutting-edge multiplex nucleic acid in situ hybridization technology, based on ACD’s unique, patented probe design strategy which enables simultaneous signal amplification and background noise suppression. RNAscope Technology represents one of the most significant advances in ISH technology in over 40 years.

What is the value of Quantitative Molecular Detection and Morphological Context (MD & MC) in a single assay? What makes RNAscope unique?

  • Molecular Detection: RNAscope detects single RNA molecules and provides quantitative analysis of gene expression at the single-cell resolution.
  • Morphological Context: RNAscope localizes RNA molecules providing spatial and cell-specific expression while preserving tissue architecture.
  • Quantitative: RNAscope quantifies RNA molecules per cell, giving accurate expression level at the single cell resolution across heterogeneous cell populations. 
  • Universal:  RNAscope's patented probe design can be applied to virtually ANY gene in ANY genome in ANY tissue.
  • Scalable: The assay is robust and easy to implement in basic, translational and clinical research labs. Availability of Manual Assays, Automated Assays and Assay Services provide ultimate flexibility.

RNAscope enables in situ detection of RNA biomarkers—filling a long standing gap in in situ molecular analysis.

RNAscope can complement IHC when antibodies are unavailable or have insufficient sensitivity or uncertain specificity. RNAscope is ideal for detecting RNAs for secreted proteins and non-coding RNA—a limitation of IHC.

Downstream of microarrays and NGS (e.g., RNA-seq), RNAscope is an ideal platform for translating new scientific advances into clinical applications due to the speed of RNAscope assay development and its superior sensitivity and specificity.

Other RNA biomarker analysis methods such as RT-PCR can provide quantitative, sensitive and specific measurements of RNA transcripts. However, the resulting quantitative gene expression information is without morphological and cellular context and only represents a “group average” of an admixture of heterogeneous populations of cells. RNAscope’s ability to provide gene expression at the single cell resolution coupled with morphological context is well-suited for RNA analysis in tissue diagnostics applications.

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