Dynamic Imaging Particle Analysis Blog

Welcome to Fluid Imaging Technologies, Alex Ensign! 

In February 2018, Alex Ensign was hired as our newest Mechanical Engineer. He will be involved in the design and development of the FlowCam. 

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Topics: News and Events

Boogieing Around Maine for Green Crab Larvae  

During the summer of 2017, UNE student Ariella Danzinger worked to develop a prototype for a remote-controlled zooplankton collection device. Her mentor, Dr. Markus Frederich, Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England (UNE), studies the invasive green crab and its response to climate change. Next in Frederich's line of research is to better understand the green crab during its larval stage. 

UNE student Ariella Danzinger with her zooplankton suction and collection device, which was used to collect green crab larvae samples during a summer study with Dr. Markus Frederich. Credit: University of New England.

"We know by now in great detail what kind of adult invasive crabs come here, when they breed, how fast they grow, and more. But we don’t know much about the larvae populations in this area," says Frederich. 

The collection of green crab larvae and other zooplankton samples can be thwarted by water that is too deep for the researcher to wade in or by water too shallow for a boat to tow a plankton net.  Danzinger spent her summer working in Frederich's lab developing a remote plankton suction and collection device, affectionately termed the "sucker", to solve the zooplankton collection gap. 

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Topics: User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

FlowCam Nano Wins Excellence Award at Pittcon 2018

Ten leading edge companies were recognized Tuesday, February 27th with Pittcon Today Excellence Awards at the annual Pittcon Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida. The award is delivered to new products recognized for ingenuity and innovation in laboratory science.

Fluid Imaging Technologies received the Silver award for the FlowCam Nano and it's Nano-Flow Imaging™ capability.

Pictured at left: Kent Peterson, CEO Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. at Pittcon 2018. 

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

New Flow Imaging Nanoparticle Analyzer Provides Early Warning System of Colloidal Activity for Formulation Scientists

Fluid Imaging to Unveil FlowCam® Nano at Pittcon Booth #1628

Formulation scientists start out with relatively particle free solutions.  Instability may cause precipitation of dissolved matter into colloidal matter. Therefore, the goal of formulation development is to create a stable formulation.  The new FlowCam® provides the submicron images necessary to function as an early warning system of colloidal activity and its origins (protein or silicon oil). The real-time images are invaluable in the identification of the origins of protein aggregation.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

The Oyster's Effect on Silica Cycling and Diatom Abundance in Temperate Estuaries

Nicholas Ray, Boston University PhD Candidate, collecting samples in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, for his study on the oyster's effect on silica cycling and estuarine health. (Credit: Nicholas Ray)

Nicholas Ray, PhD candidate at Boston University, was the 2016 recipient of the Fluid Imaging Technologies student research grant program.  Applicants submit proposals for how they intend to use the FlowCam within the scope of their research, and the winner is awarded the use of a FlowCam for a 4-month period. Fluid Imaging Technologies also provided Ray with a paid registration to the 2017 Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference where he gave an oral presentation on his research. 

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Topics: Marine Research, Freshwater Research, User Spotlight, Aquaculture, Aquatic Research

PepTalk 2018 - Observations

PepTalk 2018 was held again this January in San Diego, CA with a full week of technical talks, short courses, poster presentations and exhibits. While my perspective centers on protein molecule formulations, I do intersect the industry downstream, where instrumentation is tasked with characterizing drug formulations.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, Biopharmaceutical Research

Discriminate particulates in protein therapeutics using particle size and shape 

Your current particle analyzer counts the subvisible particles in your protein therapeutic. A particle size distribution curve is generated and confirms you are within the required USP <788> and <787> standards; your particle count is equal to or less than 6,000 particles ≥ 10 µm and 600 particles ≥ 25 µm.  How do you verify that the detected particles are your desired product and not contaminants or other extrinsic, intrinsic, or inherent particles? 

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Topics: FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

Monitoring for Taste & Odor Algae at Newport News Waterworks

I recently had the opportunity to speak with FlowCam users at Newport News Waterworks in the City of Newport News, Virginia.  Serving over 400,000 people the waterworks owns and operates 5 reservoirs and more than 12,000 acres of watershed property.

Sherry Williams is the Water Quality Control Supervisor, and Anna-Maria Miller is the Laboratory Analyst who uses the FlowCam regularly.  They originally bought their FlowCam in 2011 to help monitor for taste and odor algae, as well as filter clogging algae.  Recently they took advantage of a trade-in/upgrade option and are soon getting a new FlowCam Cyano to monitor for harmful cyanobacteria. 

Anabaenopsis, one type of cyanobacteria responsible for the blooms in Newport News resevoirs. PC: Newport News Waterworks

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Topics: Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), Aquatic Research

That one teacher that changed your life ... Maine BioScienceDay 2017

Our own Dave Libby, Senior Software Engineer and Software Team Lead at Fluid Imaging Technologies, will be sharing his story on how he landed in science as part of Maine BioScience Day 2017. 

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Mainebiz CEO Breakfast Forum


Fluid Imaging Technologies' CEO Kent Peterson joined a panel of Maine executives speaking Wednesday at the Mainebiz CEO Breakfast Forum in South Portland.

Mainebiz Publisher Donna Brassard listens in on the panel discussion moderated by Maine & Co. President and CEO Peter DelGreco at this morning's Mainebiz CEO Breakfast Forum in South Portland. Panelists, from left to right, are DelGreco; James Detert, director of U.S. manufacturing at Mölnlycke Health Care; Melissa Smith, president and CEO at WEX Inc.; David Rycyna, CEO of Cirrus Systems Inc.; and Kent Peterson, president and CEO of Fluid Imaging Technologies.

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Topics: News and Events