PROdesign launches 96-well plate cell-feeding station for live cell
18 September 2009
PROdesign GmbH has launched the PROcellcare cell-feeding station
based on a 96-well plate. The system was initially developed by
licensing partner EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory).
PROcellcare supplies live cells (in vitro) under the microscope with
biological nutrient and working solutions thus allowing the
scientist/developer to execute efficient and automatic dispensing and
controlling processes of the equipment (microscope, table and incubator)
and also facilitating the online supervision of the cells over a long
period of time during the continuous operation mode (24h/7).
This instrument is presently being applied within different market
segments covering the fields of research and development in molecular
biotechnology (live cell imaging).
PROcellcare has been filed for patent by the licensing partner EMBL
in Europe and will be presented on a microscope Olympus type IX81 for
the first time to the general public at Biotechnica 2009 from October 6
to October 8, 2009 in Hannover, Germany.
The treatment of cells and cell cultures is one of the most complex
and time-consuming work processes in a life sciences laboratory. The
testing of active agents in, and on cell culture systems as well as the
effects caused on the cells over a certain period of time is becoming
more and more important. Small and medium numbers of tests, cells are
generally handled und feed manually. The methods, however, how cells are
treated and cultivated in the laboratory have barely changed over the
last 20 years.
With this new PROcellcare system it will now be possible to execute
tasks on live cells in high-throughput-rates. This automatic cell
feeding system allows the automated cell culture, the exchange of
nutrient and working solutions, image and video analyses for basic
works, such as the exchange of nutrient and working solution media, as
well as for long-term tests (24h/7).
Microtiter plate-based High-Throughput-Screening-Systems of live
cells under the microscope Olympus Typ IX81 are combined with a nutrient
/ rinsing and suction system, which will reduce today’s pipetting,
handling and control processes to a minimum volume.
PROcellcare stands for a system, which supplies live cells (in vitro)
under the microscope in the optical axis with biological nutrient and
working solutions thus allowing the scientist/developer to execute
efficient and automatic dispensing and controlling processes of the
equipment (microscope and incubator). This instrument is presently being
applied within different market segments covering the fields of research
and development in molecular biotechnology (Live Cell Imaging). The
system allows the supervision of the cells over a specific period of
time (images and video analyses of cell reactions).
The PROcellcare system has been filed for patent in Europe and offers
– within this particular price segment – a number of functions, up to
now unknown on the market, for the freely configurable activation and
control of pumps, engines as well as nutrient and working solutions
supply systems. The user is offered a library of software functions,
which helps him to configure his own working and cell culture
environment as well as routines in accordance with his specific
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