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Who we are

Inscopix is a discovery phase neurotechnology company in Silicon Valley, California, that is best known for transforming real-time brain mapping with its miniature microscope invention. Our team brings together deep domain expertise in neuroscience, physics, engineering, and data science and is developing radically new approaches to understanding the brain in health and disease.

We are on a mission to catalyze a robust advance in neuroscience: To decipher how cognition and adaptive behavior emerge from complex patterns of electrical signals flowing through networks of neurons in the brain. Our neurotechnologies and the knowledge that they foster will transform human existence, from alleviating the suffering caused by debilitating brain disorders, to the development of advanced artificial intelligence, to a more profound understanding of what makes us the dominant species on Planet Earth.

Our approach

We accelerate breakthroughs in brain science by empowering investigators with cutting-edge neurotechnologies, powerful data analytics, and world-class scientific support. The following three principles shape our business approach and culture:


Science first

We innovate and develop neurotechnologies keeping their scientific impact in sharp focus. We do what ever it takes to make our users scientifically successful as they apply our technologies to some of the most challenging questions in neuroscience.


Vertical Integration

We design, test, integrate, and manufacture our neurotechnologies in-house. We also train, educate, and support our users. We firmly believe that vertical integration is the best entrepreneurial mechanism for thoughtful democratization of our neurotechnologies.


Team Science

We maximize value for scientific discovery by advancing in close partnership with researchers. We enlist top investigators to guide and validate our technological development and support our users with the collective intellect of our transdisciplinary team.

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In 2016, Inscopix was ranked #61 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology and media companies in North America.

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In 2015, the World Economic Forum recognized Inscopix as a Technology Pioneer, an honor that it bestows on a selection of the world’s most innovative young companies.

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In 2014, the White House recognized Inscopix as an industry partner of the Presidential BRAIN Initiative. Inscopix supported the initiative through its $2 million DECODE Grant Program.

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In 2013, The Scientist magazine ranked Inscopix’s miniature microscope as the #1 life science innovation, calling it a “major disruptive event in the history of neuroscience”.

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A brief history of Inscopix



Inscopix launches nVista, a commercial grade miniature microscope-based brain imaging system for plug-and-play neural activity mapping at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Meeting.

Building the infrastructure

Inscopix builds its manufacturing facility at the Palo Alto headquarters and biological R&D labs in Mountain View for application development, training, and scientific research.


Inscopix starts building end-to-end solutions around the miniature microscope technology with the launch of Mosaic data analysis software.

A growing user base

Inscopix community grows to over 100 laboratories across the globe. These include 6 Nobelists and 23 HHMI investigators. First research article outside the founders lab is published in the top-tier journal Cell.

Series A, nVoke

Inscopix raises $10M in a Series financing round led by Playground Ventures. The company launches a second product, nVoke, for integrated brain activity imaging and manipulation at SFN Meeting.

Scaling Up

The team grows to 60 FTEs and the user base expands to over 250 laboratories with over 425 systems in the field. The Inscopix community publishes 20 original research papers in top-tier journals.

Launching New Systems

Inscopix launches nVista 3.0 and nVoke 2.0 compatible with a new commutator. Currently over 50 peer-reviewed original research articles published using Inscopix technology, with 2 publications using nVoke. We also launched ready-to-image viruses!


Inscopix is founded by Drs. Kunal Ghosh, Mark Schnitzer, and Abbas El Gamal to commercialize the Stanford miniature microscope invention. The company receives seed financing from Floodgate and Fidelity Biosciences.

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