Microscopy method promising for neuroscience, regenerative medicine

Nanotronics Imaging (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), which provides nano-inspection for semiconductors, will apply its microscopy inspection method to neuroscience, regenerative medicine, and other life science fields. Partnering with the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY) and the McGowen Institute at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, the company's systems have begun to make strides in Alzheimer's research and large-scale regenerative medicine.

The method pairs the company's nSPEC optical microscope and proprietary software to create automated systems for wide-field inspection of features at the nanometer scale. The method has already been used to create maps of defects and features on semiconductor substrate wafers and to automatically identify and catalog them at low cost. In neuroscience, the method can cover large areas of the brain and reduce imaging time down to days or even minutes, says Nanotronics Imaging CEO and founder Dr. Matthew Putman.

Also, scientists recently discovered that Alzheimer's disease is not irreversible, says Putman. Rapid high-resolution imaging of the brain's neurons will be critical to furthering such medical advances, as well as in the study of other debilitating diseases such as schizophrenia, he says.

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