Sample Barcoding 

High-Plex. High-Throughput. 

Sample multiplexing by cell barcoding for CyTOF

Sample-specific cell barcoding for simplified workflows and improved staining consistency 

Scalable—Combine 35-plus samples at once to run larger experiments. 

Flexible—Integrate barcodes with CyTOF panels without compromising panel size. 

Powerful—Improve data quality and streamline workflows. 

Blue icon illustrating sample barcoding application

Sample barcoding has been used in flow cytometry workflows for many years. The process tags each cell in a given sample with a unique identifier, enabling sample multiplexing for improved workflows and enhanced data quality. 

Only CyTOF® technology enables barcoding workflows for 35 or more samples stained with high-parameter panels of 30 or more markers, providing unique value for use of mass cytometry in translational and clinical research studies. 

Use sample barcoding to achieve higher throughput for scaled-up experiments and reduce batch variability, providing even greater data consistency for large studies. 

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How barcoding works 

Sample Barcoding workflow
  1. Individual samples are barcoded with a unique metal isotope code. 

  1. Barcoded samples are combined into a single, multiplexed sample and stained with the panel of markers. 

  1. The multiplexed sample is acquired on a CyTOF system. 

  1. Data are debarcoded for individual sample analysis. 

Barcoding methods


Palladium-Based Barcoding 

Live-Cell Barcoding 


Cell-ID™ 20-Plex Pd Barcoding Kit (PN 201060) 

Maxpar® anti-human CD45 antibodies 

Cell type 

Universal, cell-agnostic 

Best for human leukocytes, CD45-negative cells excluded 


Ready-to-use kit and accompanying software 

Individual anti-CD45 antibody selection as required 

Sample number 

Barcode up to 20 samples. 

Flexible design allows scaling for sample number to 50-plus. 


Sample Multiplexing for Cytometry Studies | Roberto Spada, PhD 

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