Today, more than 30,000 customers in more than 100 countries use LI-COR products in studies ranging from global climate change to cancer research. LI-COR employs more than 340 personnel at its Lincoln, Nebraska, headquarters, with subsidiary operations in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Bad Homburg, Germany.
LI-COR’s mission is to impact lives through science. This mission is realized each day as LI-COR works to develop tools that help researchers gain insights and, in some special cases, help solve issues at the forefront of concerns about worldwide well being. Most notable, these tools aid in understanding the world’s changing climate, precisely measuring photosynthesis to enable plant breeders to select high-yielding species for increased food production, and bringing researchers closer to finding a cure for cancer.
LI-COR’s infrared fluorescent dye technology is one example where its products are working to make a significant impact to facilitate oncology research. One of the infrared dyes from LI-COR, IRDye® 800CW, is coupled with an optical agent that is designed to attach to cancerous tissue when injected into the bloodstream. This, in effect, “paints” the tissue for clear visibility when illuminated with infrared light. This targeted illumination is being developed to provide cancer surgeons with a clear picture of what tissue needs to be removed. It is currently available as an investigational tool to determine its potential to offer cancer patients improved surgical outcomes.