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Union Biometrica, Inc. to Participate in the BBSRC Zebrafish Screening Facility Grand Opening at the University of Edinburgh

Please join Rico Bongaarts at the following workshops to learn more about our VAST BioImager™ system for automated imaging of 2-7 dpf zebrafish larvae:
“Automated zebrafish handling and microscopy”
Location: Zebrafish Screening Facility
Time: 09:30-12:00

“Rotational positioning for zebrafish imaging using VAST BioImager”
Location: Lecture Theatre
Time: 14:40-15:40

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.  An LP Sampler module 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.  For more detail and to see a video on VAST go to:

More information regarding the event can be found at: http://

About Union Biometrica, Inc.
In addition to the VAST BioImager system, Union Biometrica offers Large Particle Flow Cytometers for high throughput research of model organisms (early stages of zebrafish, Medaka, C.elegans, Drosophila embryos and larvae, sea urchin embryos, Xenopus eggs and embryos, Daphnia, various marine larvae and zooplankton), plus bead based assays, stem cells and cell clusters (iPS cells and embryoid bodies as well as other types of large cells / cell clusters). The COPAS FP™ and BioSorter® Large Particle Flow Cytometers are designed 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.

Publications related to the VAST BioImager can be viewed 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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