High-content screening (HCS) implies multi-parameter analysis of (sub)populations of cells, single cells and subcellular events in a set-up compatible with high-throughput screening and automation. VIB, Ghent University and the Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG) make HCS technology accessible for the broad life sciences research community via the Centre for Bioassay Development and Screening (C-BIOS), a Ghent University expertise centre that is fully embedded within the VIB Screening Core. The HCS platform at the VIB Screening Core/C-BIOS integrates confocal microscopy with liquid handling and a broad range of detection technologies for high-throughput applications.
A dedicated team of experts operates the platform and assists researchers in the development, miniaturization and automation of bioassays relevant for disease and/or biological pathways. The infrastructure is compatible with bioassays in cellular model systems, 3D cell cultures, unicellular model organisms and small model organisms (e.g. Arabidopsis thaliana, zebrafish…) in a miniaturized format. Combined with the available screening infrastructure, these bioassays can be applied to analyze a large number of samples in high-throughput mode. A diverse set of 45,000 drug-like synthetic molecules, a set of 2,400 known drugs/bioactives and a human siRNA collection (8,000 genes, the druggable genome) is available to set-up these high-throughput screenings.
The VIB Screening Core/C-BIOS provides operational support at the different levels of discovery;