New Automatic cell feeding station PROcellcare® for life cell imaging

Heiligkreuzsteinach / Heidelberg, (PresseBox) - b3c newswire / - PROdesign GmbH launches the innovative cell feeding station PROcellcare® based on a 96 well plate. The System has initially been developed by the licensing partner EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory).

PROcellcare® stands for a system, which 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 on the Biotechnica 2009 (Halle 9, Stand E08), which takes place from October 6 to October 8, 2009 in Hannover.

PROcellcare®: http://www.lifecellfeeding.com/...

The treatment of cells and cell cultures, however, is one of the most complex and time-consuming work processes in a Live-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 requirements.

More information about the main working aspects of PROcellcare® for the user's benefit: http://www.lifecellfeeding.com/...

About European Molecular biology Laboratory (EMBL) - www.embl.org

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory, one of the world's top research institutions, is dedicated to basic research in the molecular life sciences. EMBL is funded by public research monies from 20 member states - Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom- and associate member state Australia. Research at EMBL is conducted by approximately 80 independent groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. The Laboratory has five units: the main Laboratory in Heidelberg, and Outstations in Hinxton (the European Bioinformatics Institute), Grenoble,Hamburg, and Monterotondo near Rome. The cornerstones of EMBL's mission are: to perform basic research in molecular biology; to train scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to offer vital services to scientists in the member states; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and to actively engage in technology transfer activities. EMBL's International PhD Programme has a student body of about 170. The Laboratory also sponsors an active Science and Society programme. Visitors from the press and public are welcome.

About Olympus Philosophy - www.olympus.de

A leading manufacturer of professional opto-digital products, Olympus pioneers key technologies in the fields of imaging and voice products, endoscopy, microscopy and bioanalytics. The Olympus brand stands for innovative opto-digital technologies, outstanding design and top quality, intense customer orientation and fast implementation of customers' wishes and market requirements, creativity and originality when developing new products and efficient systems solutions.

PROdesign GmbH

PROdesign GmbH, an innovative engineering centre, which is located in Heidelberg in the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region and which is certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 (medical engineering), offers - as developing and production centre - innovative, complex and new entire instrument solutions within the market segment of medical engineering and it provides new instruments in the field of biotechnology, and laboratory instruments.

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