Live Cell Imaging – Small, Easy and Affordable


  • Easy handling - Set-up of system within minutes
  • Small size - Easily fits in every incubator
  • Cloud technology - Monitor your cell culture anywhere and anytime
  • Low cost - The affordable live cell imaging tool for small budgets




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Live Cell Imaging – The Smart Way

Experience our new CytoSMART™ System  –  an easy-to-use and affordable live cell imaging system.

The system consists of a mini-microscope, the CytoSMART™ Device (roughly the size of a cell culture plate), and an accompanying tablet which is linked to the device and can be fixed outside the incubator. With the CytoSMART™ Connect Cloud Service you can view your images and create time-lapse movies of your cell culture. As a cloud-based system, it enables you to access and download your cell culture data from any browser-capable system, whether it is your computer, laptop, smartphone or your personal tablet device. With the CytoSMART™ System your cells can remain in their defined conditions in the incubator, while you monitor the culture remotely online. Moreover, you can set automatic alerts - meaning you only need to physically tend to your cells once they have reached a certain confluency.


Applications for the CytoSMART™ System

With the CytoSMART™ System, both cell culture monitoring and the morphological read-out of a multitude of cell-based assays become routine tasks that can be performed without being physically present at the cell culture hood. The system also enables you to record images or time-lapse videos of your cell culture.

  • Migration assay, e.g. scratch assays – Automatic photo/video documentation
  • Stem cell culture documentation – Remote monitoring under hypoxic cell culture and GMP conditions or of iPSC reprogramming
  • Cell culture standardization – Automatic alerts for confluency, recording of cell growth curves and screening of culture media and growth factors

Explore the CytoSMART™ System by reviewing other applications.


Become a Lonza  CytoSMART™ Lab

Interested to experience the CytoSMART™ System yourself? Apply now to participate in our CytoSMART™ Lab campaign. Receive a CytoSMART™ System for free testing and share your research project with your peers.

How to become a CytoSMART™ Lab


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Set-up in Seconds

Setting up your CytoSMART™ System does not require intensive training. Simply follow our quick guidelines and you are ready to go in minutes.

Every new project is started via the tablet by entering your email address. A link to the CytoSMART™ Cloud for your specific project data will then be sent to that address. Via that link you can access and remotely monitor your cell culture anytime.

If you want to see how easy the CytoSMART™ System  is to operate, watch our video tutorial.


Data Safety

The CytoSMART™ Connect Cloud Service is rendered by a German cloud provider who currently fulfills one of the world’s strictest and hence most secure data storage criteria.


Your Cell Culture is One Click Away

The cloud storage system allows you to remotely monitor your cell culture in convenient ways via smartphone or personal tablet. This enables you, for example, to view your cell culture over the weekend or at nights from home. The CytoSMART™ Connect Cloud Service stores the photographs and videos of your cell culture, which can then be downloaded anytime as .jpg images or .avi video files. In addition, cell confluency and temperature are recorded. Both data sets can be viewed on your project page or downloaded as .csv files for further processing in Excel. Alerts can be set for confluency, meaning you will receive an automatic notification once your cell culture has reached a certain confluency and is ready for splitting or experiments, such as transfection.



Scientist putting a flask on top of a CytoSMART System

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With our new CytoSMART™ System, live cell imaging has become easy and affordable. It is sized and priced for virtually any lab and budget. Document and record your cell culture for a multitude of purposes and at any given time and place by using the CytoSMART™ Connect Cloud Service. Don’t hesitate and request a quote for your personal CytoSMART™ System.