ASCB meeting sees intro of double-resolution bio-imaging system

DECEMBER 18, 2008--Applied Precision Inc. (Issaquah, WA), provider of imaging, measurement, and analysis systems for the life sciences industries, introduced a new imaging system, with twice the resolution of traditional microscopes, at this week's American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual conference. The DeltaVision|OMX system is based on the OMX microscopy system developed at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and exclusively licensed to Applied Precision.

The DeltaVision|OMX promises to solve two fundamental limitations that have frustrated scientists: spatial resolution and temporal resolution. It overcomes spatial resolution limits by using 3D-SIM true structured illumination technology invented by a UCSF team led by Drs. Sedat, Agard, and Gustafsson that doubles the optical resolution of light microscope. It also overcomes speed limitations for cellular imaging by using novel electronics and optics developed by the same team at UCSF.

"We are privileged to have the opportunity to commercialize a technology where every image that is acquired reveals details that have never been seen before," said Ron Seubert, CEO at Applied Precision.

Over the past year, Applied Precision has built, delivered, and installed six early adopter DeltaVision|OMX systems into leading laboratories in the US, Canada, and UK. These systems are aiding scientists studying HIV, neurological disease, cancer, DNA repair, gene regulation, and a host of other diseases and mechanisms. The production model includes a compact industrial design, additional options for illumination, and new software features such as the softWoRx DMS data management software developed in collaboration with Glencoe Software, Inc. and based on the open protocol OMERO technology developed by the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) consortium.

Applied Precision also announced new capabilities for its DeltaVision Core and personalDV products including microtiter plate capability, new laser based applications, and solid state illumination options.

More information:
Applied Precision Inc.

Posted by Barbara G. Goode, barbarag@pennwell.com.

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