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Union Biometrica, Inc. to introduce the new VASTâ„¢ Bio-Imaging system at the Fish and Amphibian Embryos as Alternative Models in Toxicology and Teratology Symposium

September 28, 2012

Based on new technology from the Yanik Lab at MIT,  VAST (Vertebrate Automated Screening Technology) allows automated high-throughput high-content screens of zebrafish larvae. The modular platform loads and rotationally orients 2-7 dpf larvae in the field of view of an on-board camera for imaging any desired organ. The high-content version will allow for mounting on a high resolution (confocal) microscope for cellular level imaging.

You can learn more about VAST™ by attending Dr. Mehmet Fatih Yanik’s lecture on High- Throughput/Microscopy on October 11th.

Not attending the meeting? You can visit for more information regarding VAST™ or contact us at to talk to one of our applications scientists.

Information regarding the meeting is available at:
Background publications re VAST™ can be found at:
1.     Nature Methods, 2010, 7 600-601 and 634-636, Carlos Pardo-Martin, Tsung-Yao Chang, Bryan Kyo Koo, Cody L Gilleland, Steven C Wasserman and Mehmet Fatih Yanik
2.     Lab Chip, 2012, 12 711-716, Tsung-Yao Chang, Carlos Pardo-Martin, Amin Allalou, Carolina Wählby and Mehmet Fatih Yanik
About Union Biometrica, Inc.
Union Biometrica designs and markets Large Particle Flow Cytometers (COPAS™ and BioSorter®) which automate the analysis and sorting of large and fragile objects such as Zebrafish embryos and larvae. Patented gentle sorting with an air diverter maintains animal viability. The COPAS XL model is a dedicated sorter optimized for 500-1500 micron diameter objects. The new BioSorter with interchangeable FOCA (Fluidics and Optics Core Assembly) modules covers the full 1-to-1500μm diameter range for situations where a department wants to share a single instrument to extend support beyond zebrafish to also include C.elegans, Drosophila, mosquito and even cellular applications. Based on size and fluorescent parameters these systems offer an alternative to tedious manual sorting under a microscope thereby offering increased speed, sensitivity, quantification, and repeatability of experiments. For more information, please visit us on the web at
Peer reviewed journal papers referencing the sorting of zebrafish using our COPAS™ and BioSorter® instruments can be viewed using the link below.


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