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Union Biometrica to exhibit at the International FishMed Conference on Zebrafish Research (FishMed2016) in Warsaw, Poland

March 15, 2016

The VAST BioImager system, automates the tedious step of positioning 2-7 dpf zebrafish larvae for imaging. The system gently loads each larva into a capillary, positions it laterally, and then rotates it in the field of view of the on-board camera for organ level imaging. Additionally the VAST can be mounted on a high resolution upright microscope for high content bright field or fluorescent imaging at the cellular level.  


The COPAS FP platform is designed for the measurement of objects ranging in size from 20–1500 microns (diameter). Each of the four COPAS FP models features a fixed, specially engineered fluidic path, flow cell and optics optimized for a specific subset of that size range to provide maximum speed, accuracy, resolution and throughput, depending on the application. Instruments can dispense objects either into bulk receptacles or multiwell plates.  


The optional Large Particle Sampler (LP Sampler) is the only automated sample introduction system designed specifically for gentle handling of large, fragile objects up to 1500 microns in diameter. It is capable of gently aspirating those samples from multiwell plates or a petri dish and delivering them intact and viable to the VAST, COPAS FP and BioSorter® systems.


At the meeting you can learn more about our technologies by attending the following presentation:

Topic: VAST BioImager: A new modular, expandable platform to automate the orientation of 2-7 day old zebrafish larvae for imaging
Presenter: Francis Smet
Date: Friday, March 18th
Time: 17:40-17:50

The conference will be held at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology.  More information regarding the event can be found at: http://fishmed2016.pl/

About Union Biometrica, Inc.


Large Particle Flow Cytometry for Gentle Sorting -- Union Biometrica offers tools for high throughput research of bead based assays, stem cells and cell clusters (iPS cells and embryoid bodies as well as other types of large cells / cell clusters) plus model organisms (early stages of zebrafish, C.elegans, Drosophila embryos and larvae, sea urchin embryos, Xenopus eggs and embryos, Daphnia, various marine larvae and zooplankton). We provide Large Particle Flow Cytometers (COPAS™ and BioSorter) for objects that are too large / too fragile for traditional cytometers and offer an alternative to manual sorting. These systems analyze and sort objects based on size and fluorescent parameters. Automating this process offers increased speed, sensitivity, quantification, and repeatability of experiments.


Peer reviewed journal papers referencing our COPAS and BioSorter instruments can be viewed using the links below.


•    D. rerio (zebrafish) - http://www.unionbio.com/publications/publication.aspx?id=32
Imaging Tool for Zebrafish Research -- Union Biometrica, Inc. offers the VAST BioImager, for automated imaging of 2-7 dpf zebrafish larvae.  Replacing the tedium of manual sample positioning, the VAST BioImager automatically loads each larva into a capillary, positions it laterally, and then rotates it in the field of view of the on-board camera for organ level imaging. Alternately the VAST can be mounted on a high resolution upright microscope for high content bright field or fluorescent imaging at the cellular level.  Our LP Sampler can be added to the system to gently aspirate larvae from multi-well plates of many different formats such as 24-, 96-, 384-well and deliver them one at a time to VAST for imaging.  This allows for increased throughput of high content assays and screens.  


Publications related to the VAST BioImager can be view at:
•    VAST - D. rerio (zebrafish) -http://http://www.unionbio.com/publications/publication.aspx?id=56

 

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