Cell-based Analysis

Company Announcements

Axion Biosystems closed a $6 million equity financing in May, led by the Georgia Research Alliance.

In May, Tecan and CellSpring announced a comarketing agreement to automate CellSpring’s 3D Bloom Biopolymer Platform on Tecan’s Freedom Evo workstation.

In June, Fluidigm announced the opening of a new customer inspiration center in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

In July, Medtown Ventures formed CellectCell for the development of new adhesive-signature based stem cell selection and isolation technology exclusively licensed from Georgia Tech Research.

Thrive Bioscience announced an agreement with Harvard Stem Cell Institute to develop instruments for the growth and maintenance of iPSCs. Terms include the purchase of multiple systems, protocol development and production of iPSC-derived normal and disease state cell lines.

MaxCyte named Kiko Tech and Bio-Laboratories as distributors for Japan and Singapore, respectively.

Product Introductions

Olympus launched in April the FLUOVIEW FV3000 confocal laser scanning microscope, with objectives ranging from 1.25X to 150X magnification.

In May, Olympus released the new CKX-CCSW cell confluency checker software, which is used with a camera-equipped cell culture microscope.

MilliporeSigma launched in May the addition of a modulated green laser to its Guava flow cytometer, which can detect up to 14 parameters in a single sample.

In May, Thermo Fisher Scientific introduced the new Invitrogen Evos FL Auto 2 Imaging System, featuring upgraded software and user interface.

Becton, Dickinson launched in May the easy-to-use BD FACSMelody cell sorter for up to nine colors. Two cell populations can be simultaneously isolated into separate tubes, and single or multiple target cells can be deposited into well plates.

In June, Lonza introduced the 4D-Nucleofector LV Unit, expanding its transfection platforms to closed, larger-scale transfection of up to 1 x 109 cells.

IntelliCyt announced in June the addition of a 561 nm laser to its iQueScreener PLUS platform.

Yokogawa announced that it will release in September the CSU-SR confocal scanner unit, which can be used in combination with optical microscopy for super-resolution imaging of live cells. It utilizes spinning disk confocal technology and optical photon reassignment technology. It features a scanning speed of up to 200 frames per second.

For its xCELLigence Real-Time Cell Analyzer, ACEA Bioscience introduced in June an immunotherapy kit for in vitro monitoring and quantification of effector-mediated B cell killing.

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