Our vast tumor organoid repository enables new possibilities for therapy selection and drug discovery

We aim to transform therapy selection and drug discovery and development by building the world’s largest library of human ex vivo tumor-derived organoids* that are characterized by molecular features and associated clinical outcomes in robust, reproducible 3D models.

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Accelerate your drug development with Tempus’ 3D tumor organoid models

Join one of the largest pan-indication screening panels on the market and accelerate your drug development. Access Tempus’ highly characterized tumor organoids (TOs) to help evaluate the efficacy of your pre-clinical drug candidates, including small molecules, mAbs, and ADCs. Our comprehensive screen covers 60 TOs across 10 indications, facilitating robust multimodal insights to generate and test hypotheses for drug development.

Key insights for participants will include:

  • Tumor organoid viability assessments, with luminescence readouts
  • Responses to standard-of-care therapies by indication
  • Molecular characterization of each organoid at baseline with Tempus xT & xR
  • Bioinformatics to understand drivers of drug response and resistance

Enrollment is open through July 30, 2024. Space is limited – complete the form to secure your spot.

Right image: Lung cancer tumor organoid 3D morphology, with fluorescent staining of nuclei and cytoskeleton.

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Our Solutions

Predefined organoid screening models

Predefined models for routine screening in organoids containing actionable alterations across cancer types. Compounds can be screened alone and in combinations, providing a rapid and cost-effective alternative to in vivo preclinical animal experiments.

  • Pan-Cancer Solid Tumor Screen™: primary and metastatic tumors
    • Tumor Origin: Breast, Colorectal (CRC), Endometrial, Gastric, Head & Neck, Liver, Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Bladder
    • Molecular Profiling: Tempus xT molecular profiles and whole transcriptome
  • Other pan-cancer, indication/biomarker-specific screens in development

Custom organoid screening models

Client-selected organoids screened with or without allogeneic MHC-matched PBMCs, tailored to your research needs. A variety of compound classes can be screened across small molecules, mAbs, ADCs, cell engagers, and cellular therapies.

  • Tumor Origin: Pan-Cancer, client-selected indications
  • Molecular Profiling: Client-selected molecular alterations, mutations, CNVs, fusions, etc.

Single-cell RNA sequencing

Characterize cell populations of interest with precision–identify and validate complex signatures and identify biomarkers of therapeutic response

Spatial transcriptomics

Uncover spatio-temporal patterns of gene expression in two dimensions to better characterize the relationships between molecular profiles and therapeutic response

Case study

A large Biopharma collaborator used Tempus’ patient-derived organoids to unlock a critical investment decision. Read More


  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Endometrial Adeno
  • Gastric
  • Head + Neck SCC
  • Liver HCC
  • NSCLC Adeno
  • Ovarian
  • Pancreatic

Our solutions can be broadly applied to preclinical and post-approval strategies

  • Biomarker and target validation
  • Indication selection
  • Exploratory (MOA) studies
  • Exploration of rare patient mutations and alterations
  • Combination identification and validation
  • RNA signature development for responder enrichment
  • Therapy resistant models to study disease biology
  • Immune cell activation
  • Label expansion plans

Our Differentiators

  • 500+

    commercially available biological models

  • Full characterization

    of tumor organoids with Tempus xT solid tumor comprehensive profiling

  • Flexible

    3D confocal imaging assays with AI analytics on every tumor organoid drug sensitivity screen

  • Innovative pipeline

    of automation-driven assays enables expedited experimental processes

  • CAP-accredited, CLIA-certified


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How it works

Individual human ex vivo tumor-derived organoids* are screened in Tempus’ high-throughput environment. Tempus organoids are NGS-qualified and have been pre-screened against a panel of chemotherapies and small molecule therapeutics. Our 3D models serve as the basis for drug screening efforts for drug discovery and development.

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    Organoids are grown in proprietary chemically defined conditions from core biopsies or surgical resections.

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    Organoid histology is verified by board-certified medical pathologists.

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    Full transcriptomic profiles are generated by RNA sequencing.

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    Tumor mutation recapitulation is assessed by overlap of somatic variants between tumor and tumor organoids via the Tempus xT & xR assays.

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    Organoids are phenotyped via high-content assays, which are then analyzed via automated machine vision algorithms employing state-of-the-art computer vision models to segment organoids, quantify infiltrating immune cells, and predict drug efficacies along with other clinical endpoints as desired.

Partnering with Tempus is investing in the future

We’ve created a biological modeling infrastructure centered on ex vivo tumor organoids to help you accelerate your research needs.