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The high-content cell-imaging market is heating up thanks to two new product releases from Cambridge, Mass.-based CompuCyte. The new iCys™ Research Imaging Cytometer and iCyte™ Automated Imaging Cytometer both feature CompuCyte's patented laser scanning cytometry (LSC) technology in an inverted format (i.e., the sample is scanned from below, rather than above), enabling analysis of a wide variety of sample formats and facilitating high-throughput screening. The iCyte platform is full-featured and nonconfigurable and can be equipped with an autoloader, making it ideal for pharmaceutical applications. The iCys, which is geared toward academic researchers, features full microscope flexibility and can be configured by the customer.

Unlike flow-based cytometry systems, LSC technology employs up to three lasers and four photomultiplier tubes to collect fluorescent and brightfield data from fixed samples on microtiter plates, slides, and petri dishes. The company's proprietary software generates bitmaps for each stage movement, identifies individual cells,...

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