NEUROSERVICE is the world-leading CRO for in vitro electrophysiological assays dedicated to CNS and PNS pharmacology.

NEUROSERVICE has a unique expertise for the recording of brain and spinal cord acute slices with Multi-Electrode Arrays and Patch-Clamp.
NEUROSERVICE provides an exceptional expertise for the design, the performance and the analysis of complex electrophysiological/pharmacological protocols. With a large band-width and short turnarounds, NEUROSERVICE accelerates your CNS Drug Discovery programs until the IND claim.

NEUROSERVICE worldwide expertise in CNS & PNS pharmacology/electrophysiology

Thanks to a complete master of Multi-Electrode Arrays and Patch-clamp techniques, NEUROSERVICE is able to investigate your compound effects on neuronal networks and single neurons. Depending on the pathology targeted by your compound, NEUROSERVICE researchers will propose protocols related to the “regions of interest”. We can isolate any brain region and perform the most adapted protocol to reveal your compound properties: pharmacological properties, target(s), Mechanism(s) of Action, and safety issues.

We can record spontaneous firing activities, evoked-responses (electrical or chemical stimulations), synaptic transmission, short-term and long-term synaptic plasticity. In addition we can investigate more subtle parameters such as miniature excitatory or inhibitory currents or perform single-channels recordings.

NEUROSERVICE elegant protocols allow documenting the profile of agonists, partial agonists, inverse agonists, competitive and non-competitive antagonists, positive or negative allosteric modulators.

NEUROSERVICE performs recordings from various rodent and human tissue:

  • Cloned Channels and Receptors
  • DRG Sensory Neuron Cultures
  • Rodent Brain Neuron Cultures
  • Rodent Brain Slices
  • Human Brain Slices
  • Human iPSC-Derived Neurons

Neuroservice’s techniques & models

Patch Clamp

NEUROSERVICE is a world-renowned leader in patch clamp electrophysiology.

The patch clamp techniques allows the in vitro evaluation of compounds under the most physiologically relevant conditions.

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Neuroservice Expertise patch clamp

Multi Electrode Array

Multi Electrode Array (MEA) is mid-throughput technique enabling parallel and multi-site extra-cellular recordings within a single brain slice. Multi Electrode Array is the adequate technique to get an exceptional macroscopic view of neuronal networks.

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Multi Electrode Array brain slice

Calcium imaging

Calcium Imaging is a mid-throughput technique used to evaluate Calcium ions activity in functioning neurons.

By measuring individual cells or global neuronal networks calcium dynamics, Calcium Imaging allows a high resolution analysis of studied neuronal culture. 

Our analysis tool allow focus on area of interest, so that AP firing can be measured locally.

View of lfuorscent neurons thanks to calcium imaging

High-Density MEA

High Density Multi Electrode Array system provides high-quality recording data at sub-cellular resolution from neuronal cultures. Thanks to a partnership with Maxwell Biosystems, we benefit from the MaxTwo system, a high-throughput recording equipment with 6 recordings wells.

Thanks to High Density MEA, Neuroservice helps understand the global firing activity of your neuronal culture and determine the validity of your culture.

macroscopic view of neurons on MEA plate

Neuroservice's models

NEUROSERVICE has a long experience for the characterization of genetically-modified rodents (mice or rats) for many neurodegenerative and neuro-muscular diseases.

Compounds can be evaluated in brain slices or spinal cord slices prepared from commercially available transgenic mice or rats (acute exposure or chronic exposure).

Recordings can be performed in slices prepared from rats (up to 18 months) or mice (up to 24 months).

Neuroservice's PAIN expertise

NEUROSERVICE has dedicated assays for pain-killer compounds: cultured rodent sensory neurons (from DRG), spinal cord recordings and discrimination between layers 1-2 and layers 4-5 in the dorsal horn.

Based on the MEA technique, NEUROSERVICE proposes a quick screening assay on capsaicin-evoked firing activity (morphine and lidocaine as reference compounds).


Jeffrey HUBBARD, PhD
Head of Patch-Clamp laboratory
Scientific liaison