LI-COR is a leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of integrated instrument systems for environmental research. LI-COR instruments for gas analysis, photosynthesis, soil flux, and light measurement are recognized worldwide for standard-setting innovation in plant science research and environmental monitoring. LI-COR systems are used in more than 100 countries worldwide. LI-COR is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company.

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LI-COR at a Glance

A Culture of Innovation
LI-COR technology enables scientists around the world to improve lives by advancing discovery. From the first low-cost light sensor filtered for the waveband absorbed by plants, to pioneering the development of near-infrared fluorescence detection systems for DNA sequencing, LI-COR strives to provide innovative solutions for researchers.

Today, LI-COR Biosciences is a leading innovator in systems for plant research, gas analysis, drug discovery, protein research, and small animal imaging.

From understanding tumor biology in the Netherlands to palm oil production in Malaysia, scientists rely on LI-COR products and services to address important biological and environmental challenges. The results help improve our world and the quality of individuals’ lives.

At LI-COR Biosciences, we care about our customers and want them to succeed. We are a trusted partner, providing training workshops, webinars, videos, printed resources, and amazing technical support.

Every LI-COR employee is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and support.

People are at the heart of LI-COR Biosciences. We achieve great things because we build on our strengths and work as a team, with integrity and enthusiasm. From the executive team to our newest intern— we all make a difference. We are driven to improve the human condition through innovative research tools that help scientists solve the challenges that face humanity.

LI-COR Biosciences has been “Impacting Lives through Science” since 1971, and is a global leader in developing and marketing innovative, high quality instrument systems used in the fields of biological and environmental sciences, climatology, molecular biology, and translational research. LI-COR instruments, analysis software, and reagents are used in more than 100 countries, in studies ranging from global climate change to cancer research.

Building upon the strengths of its personnel, LI-COR has grown to include more than 330 employees at its headquarters in Lincoln, NE and subsidiaries in Bad Homburg, Germany and Cambridge, UK. LI-COR is a privately held company and is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Some of the awards received by LI-COR include the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer of the Year Award, R&D 100 Award, Quantum Workplace Employee Voice Award for Exceptional Employee Engagement, Nebraska Exporter of Year Award, Frost and Sullivan New Product Award, 2015 Tibbetts Award, Rotary Club International’s Salute to Business Award, Nebraska Business Development Council Innovation Business of the Year Award, and the Governor’s Bioscience Award.


In the winter of 1967, Bill Biggs graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. degree in Engineering, and decided to continue on and pursue a Master’s Degree at UNL. Around this same time, the Rockefeller Foundation was funding various programs to develop grain sorghum as a food supplement in under-developed countries including Africa and India. The Foundation donated money to UNL as part of this program, which funded a number of scientists for a period of five years, and allowed UNL to sponsor a symposium at the Kellogg Center on UNL’s East Campus. Bill’s role in the sorghum project was to develop instrumentation related to photosynthesis in plants, in collaboration with five or six scientists at UNL. One of the instruments Bill designed – an accurate, inexpensive sensor and meter for measuring photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) – was described in an article in the journal Ecology. Shortly after the symposium ended, the UNL group began to receive requests for instrumentation from many of the scientists who had attended the symposium. In 1971, Bill Biggs co-founded Lambda Instruments Corporation to manufacture these sensors and other products. The name was formally changed to LI-COR, Inc. in 1978.

As LI-COR grew, the staff continued developing instruments to supplement the existing line of light sensors, porometers, spectroradiometers, and photosynthesis systems. The explosive growth in biotechnology research inspired LI-COR's early forays into DNA and gene sequencing technology. This led to the development of an additional product area and market in Biotechnology. While both of these product lines are distinct, they share one common element – measuring biological parameters based on the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and physical matter.