Navitar, Carl Zeiss form licensing agreement for light microscopy contrast method

Optical technology company Navitar, Inc. (Rochester, NY) has formed a new licensing agreement with optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH (Jena, Germany), in which Carl Zeiss will license Navitar’s Hoffman Modulation Contrast (HMC) light microscopy trademark for use in their iHMC product line. Zeiss will manufacture objectives, modulators, slit apertures, and condensers using the HMC technology, and distribute and sell them under the iHMC name.

The Hoffman Modulation Contrast light microscopy method, originally developed and patented by Dr. Robert Hoffman, is used for viewing colorless and transparent biological specimens. Navitar is the sole owner of the HMC trademark due to its recent acquisition of assets of Modulation Optics (Glen Cove, NY). Prior to the acquisition by Navitar, Modulation Optics partnered with Research Instruments Limited (RI; Falmouth, England) to combine the imaging capabilities of HMC technology with RI’s instruments for Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI) in the development of the optics for RI IMSI.

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