Flow Imaging Microscopy Blog

Study by University of Alberta finds the FlowCam is a reliable and faster alternative to light microscopy for cyanobacterial bloom monitoring

Scientists at the University of Alberta, Alberta Health, and University of Calgary compared the efficacy of using the FlowCam to traditional light microscopy for rapid cyanobacteria quantification and high resolution taxonomic data. Traditional light microscopy, while it provides the highest level of detail and is the ideal method for taxonomic identification, is time-consuming. The rate of quantifying and reporting cyanobacterial abundance must match the rate of cyanobacterial production in order to assess the present risk to human and ecological health. 

Anabaena, a common culprit of cyanobacterial blooms, as imaged by the FlowCam at 10X. 

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

Fluid Imaging Welcomes New Technical Customer Support Associate Stephen Barton

OCTOBER 2018 — Fluid Imaging Technologies has hired Stephen Barton as their new Technical Customer Support Associate. Stephen has recently returned to Maine after three years in New Hampshire working at Dartmouth College in a genetics laboratory. The primary areas of study involved Autism spectrum disorder and memory malfunction. Prior to Dartmouth, Stephen worked at the University of New England with a research focus in ocular pain and medication overuse headache. Stephen is very excited to be back in Maine and in his free time enjoys board games, good books, and exploring new places. 

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Summer 2018 Highlights from our Technical Services Team

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Heather Anne Wright, MSc, is Fluid Imaging Technologies' Applications Support Manager. She works with customers directly on application and method development, instrument and software training, and laboratory services. 

 

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Technological Advances Push Protein and Particulate Research Further: Insights from the 2018 Workshop on Protein Aggregation and Immunogenicity

KentPetersonCEOFluidImagingTechnologiesKent Peterson is the CEO of Fluid Imaging Technologies.

Every summer, around 160 researchers converge at the Workshop on Protein Aggregation and Immunogenicity hosted in Breckenridge, Colorado by the University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Technology and the AAPS Focus Group on Protein Aggregation and Immunogenicity. 

At the Workshop, scientists studying the behavior, formation, and effects of protein aggregates and other subvisible particles in therapeutic formulations gather to present their research and discuss industry issues.

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Topics: Biopharmaceutical Research, User Spotlight, FlowCam Technology, Protein Therapeutics, News and Events

FlowCam Nano Celebrates First Year with Multiple Awards and Recognitions for Innovation

Launched in late 2017, the FlowCam® Nano has garnered several awards and recognitions for breakthrough innovation in laboratory science during its first year on the market. As the only particle analyzer capable of simultaneously counting, characterizing and producing high-resolution digital images of nanoparticles in liquid samples, the FlowCam Nano fills a gap in data procurement and analysis that no other instrument provides.

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Topics: FlowCam Technology, News and Events

$30 Million in New Grant Funding Awarded to Study Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)

Devastating Red Tide Impacts Coastal Communities of Western Florida

Karenia brevis bloom as imaged by FlowCam. Sample was collected off Sanibel Island in August 2018 by Eric Milbrandt, Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and sent to Fluid Imaging Technologies for analysis. 

This past summer a red tide spread along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline killing millions of fish and threatening human health (not to mention impacting regional tourism).  Harmful algae blooms (HABs) like this occur with regularity nationwide and cost an estimated $50 million each year.

Florida is a Case Study for the Need to Improve HAB Funding

Beyond the problems along the Gulf Coast, southeastern Florida is experiencing a blue-green, cyanobacteria bloom in the St. Lucie River. Recent testing shows that water samples are 10 times too toxic to even touch due to high levels of microcystin, a toxin that can make people and animals sick. Direct contact with the algae can cause a rash.  When ingested, the toxin can cause nausea, vomiting, and in some sever cases, acute liver failure.

To study the effects of HABs and other ocean and Great Lakes pathogens, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health, have awarded new grants totaling $30 million. The grants fund research on ecosystems in the oceans and in the Great Lakes Basin. 

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Topics: Aquatic Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, News and Events

Celebrating 19 Years in Business with Company-wide Volunteer Day

On September 14th, our team at Fluid Imaging Technologies celebrated its 19th year in business with a day of volunteering at the Maine Audubon Society in Falmouth, Maine. For the past 6 years, the company has dedicated a day of service to celebrate its anniversary. In previous years, we've volunteered our time at The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, The Royal River Conservation Trust, The Scarborough Land Trust and, The Maine Audubon Society in Scarborough.

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Fluid Imaging Technologies Welcomes New Hire Katie Clegg!

In September 2018, Fluid Imaging Technologies hired Katie Clegg as the new Director of Inside Sales and Customer Care. Katie comes to Fluid Imaging from the Veterinary Technology Industry with an extensive background in sales and customer care experience.  Her focus is providing customers with a sales and customer care experience that’s seamless and easy. 

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Combined Light Obscuration + Flow Imaging Particle Analyzer to be Released 2019

In early 2019, Fluid Imaging Technologies will release the FlowCam+LO, a patented flow imaging particle analyzer that simultaneously conducts light obscuration analysis.  

Light obscuration (LO) is the compendial method for analysis of subvisible particles and proteinaceous particles in therapeutic protein products, required by the US Pharmacopeia, European Pharmacopeia, and Japanese Pharmacopeia.  Beyond size and count, other morphological properties of particulate, such as shape, are not yet required. However, these properties may serve as quality and efficacy indicatorsand may influence the immunogenicity of the drug. Additionally, particle morphology can change over the course of a drugs life cycle if subjected to stresses such as agitation, temperature changes, or light exposure

 

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Topics: Biopharmaceutical Research, FlowCam Technology, News and Events

Hands-on FlowCam Workshop in Germany October 1st 2018

We are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a FlowCam workshop with our European partners Anasysta.  This exclusive introductory workshop on the FlowCam Cyano and the FlowCam 8000 series will be hosted at the University of Konstanz and is scheduled for October 1st, 2018 from 9am - 4pm.

The FlowCam Cyano utilizes a red laser to differentiate cyanobacteria from other algae and detritus in aquatic samples. After capturing digital images of the algae, the FlowCam’s software, VisualSpreadsheet, can be used to further characterize the specific types of all algae found in the sample.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), News and Events