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NanoString Overview

Seattle, WA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public (NSTG)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year

NanoString Technologies provides life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products. The nCounter Analysis System offers a ... Read more

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NanoString – Why Work For Us?


NanoString® Technologies, Inc.

NanoString Technologies (NASDAQ: NSTG) is a publicly held provider of life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostics. The company's technology enables a wide variety of basic research, translational medicine and in vitro diagnostics applications.

NanoString's products are based on a novel digital molecular barcoding technology invented at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle under direction of Dr. Leroy Hood. The company was founded in 2003 with an exclusive license to develop and market the technology. In 2008, NanoString launched its first commercial instrument system and began international sales operations with its first multiplexed assays for gene expression analysis. In 2010, the company launched new applications for the system to support microRNA analysis and copy number variation detection, and in 2013 launched Prosigna®, its first in vitro diagnostic product for prognosis of early stage breast cancer.

Organizations performing cancer research, biomarker validation and screening, and next-generation sequencing validation are rapidly adopting the nCounter® Analysis System. By providing simple, multiplexed digital profiling of single molecules, the NanoString platform represents a natural, digital downstream companion to next-generation sequencing and enables researchers to embark on studies that were previously inconceivable.

Leading researchers and institutions are finding that NanoString's nCounter system provides the ideal platform on which to validate their discoveries and translate them into clinically useful diagnostic assays. The nCounter system is uniquely positioned to support translational research because it provides more reproducible results than methods requiring amplification, and generates high-quality data from the difficult sample types common in clinical research, including Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) tissues.

In addition to continuing to extend the applications for the nCounter system in the discovery, target validation and routine testing segments of the genomics research market, the company's goal is to become the platform of choice for diagnostic testing based on multiplexed gene signatures that can be offered in hospitals and pathology laboratories worldwide, following appropriate regulatory approvals. These two synergistic areas of business focus provide researchers with a seamless transition from discovery to diagnostics.



NanoString Technologies seeks the best and the brightest to join our world-class team. If you are creative, passionate, and enjoy being part of a high-energy team that thrives on scientific excellence, we would like to hear from you!

We are dedicated to providing cutting-edge tools to the scientific research community. Members of our team enjoy a fast-paced work environment where each person's contribution is critical to our success.

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program. NanoString Technologies is an equal opportunity employer.


The nCounter® Analysis System uses a novel digital technology that is based on direct multiplexed measurement of gene expression and offers high levels of sensitivity (500 attomolar <1 copy per cell) and precision. The technology uses molecular barcodes and single molecule imaging to detect and count hundreds of unique transcripts in a single reaction.

The nCounter Analysis System is comprised of a fully automated Prep Station, a Digital Analyzer, the CodeSet (barcodes), and all of the reagents and consumables needed to perform the analysis. The system has been designed to be easy-to-use and features a step-by-step guide to perform the analysis on a touch screen.

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    I have been working at NanoString full-time (Less than a year)


    Bright people, challenging problems, respectful culture, lots of career opportunities, high expectations, tremendous commercial opportunities and the nicest people I've ever worked with.


    Demanding pace, not a deep bench of talent in many groups, many individuals don't have adequate succession options.

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    Keep doing what you're doing. We are well-positioned for success, our growth drivers are numerous, and our competitive advantage is significant!

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NanoString Awards & Accolades

  • Technology Fast 500, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, 2016
  • Leaders in Health Care Awards, Seattle Business Magazine, 2015
  • 40 under 40 Public CEO's, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2014
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