Courtesy of Reify

High-content imaging systems for cell-based assays have proliferated in the past year, but so far none of the systems available allows users to directly quantify dynamic processes such as muscle contraction or cellular migration. To analyze these events, users generally have to monitor the cells throughout the course of the experiment. But a new imaging system developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Reify http://www.reifycorp.com promises to change all that.

"The approaches that are in market today are really focused on how you can take a single picture and quantify what is occurring in that single picture," says Andrew Hack, Reify's director of life sciences. The company's Visible Discovery system, on the other hand, "is focused on the ability to quantify events as they occur over time."

The system, encompassing both instrumentation and analysis, enables unsupervised real-time, high-content detection and measurement of dynamic cellular processes using a high-resolution video microscopy...

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