Dynamic Imaging Particle Analysis Blog

The Gulf of Maine Coastal Ecosystem Survey is using a FlowCam

We're excited to be participating in the Gulf of Maine Coastal Ecosystem Survey, a project over two years in the making. Starting from workshops held as part of the Gulf of Maine Integrated Ecosystem Research Program, it became clear that there was a need to gain a better understanding of ecosystem dynamics within the coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine. 

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Topics: Marine Algae, Dynamic Imaging Particle Analysis, Aquatic Research, Marine Research

Scientists help public avoid health risks of cyanobacteria

We recently learned that Professor Rolf Vinebrooke and his colleagues at the University of Alberta are using a FlowCam for early detection of cyanobacteria in lakes and other freshwater environments. Toxic algae are starting to bloom in lakes around the world - and we're not even at the height of the summer season. Increases in atmospheric temperature combined with land nutrients are promoting the growth of harmful cyanobacteria in these bodies of water, damaging for not only the associated ecosystems, but also potentially for the people who visit the lakes.

"Our ability to rapidly detect the onset of outbreaks of potentially toxic cyanobacteria provides timely information to the public regarding the major lakes throughout the province," says Vinebrooke. "If the cell counts exceed the World Health Organization guideline of 100,000 cells per millilitre, we notify Alberta Health officials, who then post advisories at the lake in question." Read the full article on Phys.org

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LSU Plankton Laboratory uses dynamic imaging to study microscopic life

The commercial crawfish ponds that line the highways of Roberts Cove, Louisiana, are very busy this time of year. These waters are teeming with plankton that can’t be seen with the naked eye. The Plankton Laboratory at Louisiana State University (LSU), uses dynamic imaging particle analysis to study the microscopic life in these ponds. 

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Topics: Marine Algae, Aquatic Research, Freshwater Research

Maine algae community to capitalize on growing business opportunities

While aquafarmers in Maine have been harvesting seaweed for nearly 80 years, for a variety of uses and products, in recent years wild harvests have not been able to meet market demand for some species. The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) has stepped in to provide $50,000 to help form a Maine “algal cluster” that would include those involved in both macroalgae and microalgae to help the industry take advantage of a growing market. The funds awarded under MTI’s cluster initiative program will “encourage innovation and foster growth of a sustainable, ecologically sound and profitable algal industry in Maine.”
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Topics: Aquatic Research, Freshwater Research

We've selected our 2015 Aquatic Research Student Equipment and Travel Grant Recipient

We've awarded our 2015 Aquatic Research Student Equipment and Travel Grant to Keara Stanislawczyk, MSc. Candidate, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Science (GLIER), University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Hugh MacIsaac. Her proposal, Comparison of Multiple Techniques for Identifying Rare Species in Hamilton Harbour, was selected after a series of in-depth reviews by a panel of independent aquatic scientists. Congratulations, Keara!
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Topics: Aquatic Research, Marine Research, Freshwater Research

Using dynamic imaging particle analysis in biosimilar development

Biosimilars is a new business focus for many companies, and it is a challenging technical undertaking. Unlike traditional small molecule pharmaceuticals that are essentially formula driven chemicals, complex biologics are much larger, multi-faceted molecules with unique development challenges.
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Topics: Industrial Applications, Protein Therapeutics

Students from coast to coast learn about imaging particle analysis

Developed at the Bigelow Laboratory for Oceanographic Sciences in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the FlowCam® technology was one of the first to combine the capabilities of a flow cytometer with a digital imaging microscope to make plankton identification quicker and easier. Today, the FlowCam is an accepted aquatics research tool in the laboratory and students from coast to coast are learning how it can help them in their studies.

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Topics: Marine Algae, Dynamic Imaging Particle Analysis, Aquatic Research

A closer look at dynamic imaging particle analysis

It’s no surprise that there are many technologies available to analyze subvisible particles. Particle sizing and characterization are critical components of many processes across a wide range of applications.  For example:

  • Municipalities monitor drinking water supplies to detect and quantify taste and odor causing algae.
  • Pharmaceutical companies analyze particles in parenteral drug formulations to help ensure its efficacy and safety.
  • Food and beverage companies use particle analysis to control the quality of their ingredients and end product.
  • Ocean researchers use particle analysis to study and document microscopic life in the earth’s oceans.

The list could go on and on...

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See our new dynamic imaging particle analysis instruments at Pittcon

We're excited to be launching two new products at Pittcon 2015 this week, FlowCam® Biologics and FlowCam® Macro.

FlowCam Biologics

Using the proven industry-leading image quality found in the FlowCam VS-Series, FlowCam Biologics is a dynamic imaging particle analysis (DIPA) system completely optimized for the analysis of sub-visible particulates in protein therapeutics.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Protein Therapeutics, Food & Beverage Applications

Ensuring Optimal Particle Analysis Results with Protein Samples

By Ben Spaulding, Laboratory Manager

In the pharmaceutical industry, there are many regulations and standards that are imposed on products and processes. Among these are U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention 788 Standard (Particulate Matter in Injections) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration CFR Title 21 Part 211 (Current Good Manufacturing Practice for Finished Pharmaceuticals). The former standard can play a key role in biochemistry, assay, and formulations departments in both minor and major pharmaceutical companies.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, Particle Analysis Lab