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news31eueuMicroscopyandAnalysis | July/August 2017Bruker, US, has acquired Germany-based Luxendo, a spin-off of The European Molecular Biology Laboratory and supplier of microscopes that use Single Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM).SPIM is a fluorescence microscopy technique that uses a focused light-sheet to illuminate the specimen from the side.The technology enables scientists to study entire living organisms in detail, thanks to its ability to rapidly image large, 3D samples with minimal damage.To make this technology available to the scientific community, EMBL and its technology transfer arm, EMBLEM Technology Transfer, created Luxendo as a spin-off company in 2015, with seed financing from EMBL Ventures and Life Science Partners (LSP). The spin-off's first two products, MuVi-SPIM and InVi-SPIM were launched in 2016." It has been very rewarding to witness the rapid trajectory from pioneering technology developed at EMBL to Luxendo's well-designed, robust microscopes, and now this acquisition," said EMBL Director General Iain Mattaj." We anticipate that Bruker... will make SPIM even more widely available," he adds. " It will be truly exciting to see what the larger biological research community will discover with light-sheet microscopy."Bruker buys SPIM start-upThe Francis Crick Institute, UK, has selected the Phasefocus Livecyte label-free cell analysis system for its Light Microscopy facility.As Dr Kurt Anderson, leader of the Light Microscopy Science Technology Platform at the Francis Crick Institute, says: "We were attracted to the Livecyte by the unique combination of innovative optics and powerful image analysis software."Phasefocus products are based on its Ptychographic Quantitative Phase Imaging (QPI) technology with Livecyte enabling quantitative label-free live cell analysis.With robust automatic tracking and behavioral analysis of hundreds of individual cells within heterogeneous cell populations, it is now possible to image without the need for intrusive dyes or labels.According to Phasefocus, unique morphological, temporal, and dynamic phenotypic data make it simple to gain new biological insights and accelerate research.Crick selects Phasefocus LivecyteImage of MuVi-SPIM a light-sheet microscope developed at EMBL and commercialised by Luxendo. 800.237.3526Microscopy Products for Science and IndustryVariable Sputter Current and Argon PressureHigh Resolution Coating with a choice of 15 Metals Including IridiumCressington 208HRYour single source for all Specimen Coating Supplies.Sputter CoatingWide Selection of Sample HoldersRotary Stagesfor All Coater BrandsSputter Targets5N Purity Au Targets Now Available

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