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FlowCam Cyano attracts some media attention: identifies Mycrocystis bloom from St. Lucie River Florida.

Fluid Imaging Technologies has grabbed some media attention this week. Our lab manager, Ben Spaulding, analyzed a sample from the St. Lucie River on the FlowCam Cyano and helped identify the type of algae bloom off Florida’s coast that has caused alarm for some communities. Here are some of the headlines:

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Topics: Harmful Algal Blooms, Aquatic Research

McGill University uses a FlowCam for Large Experimental Array of Ponds (LEAP) project

In July one of our technical customer support specialists, Kay Johnson, successfully completed FlowCam training at Gault Nature Reserve, Mont-Saint Hilaire - McGill University in Quebec, Canada. The research team at McGill will use the FlowCam to help with their Large Experimental Array of Ponds (LEAP) project. LEAP has been built at McGill's Gault Nature Reserve and is designed for highly replicated experiments to study how complex aquatic communities respond to environmental stressors. 

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Topics: Freshwater Research, News and Events, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

FlowCam for freshwater lake systems studies in Kazakhstan

Our technical customer support specialist, Heather Anne Wright, traveled to Astana, the capitol city of Kazakhstan to provide FlowCam training at Nazerbayev University. The interest in using FlowCam technology in their imaging analysis repertoire came about from a unique set of conversations between Harry Nelson, our VP of Aquatic Markets and Dr. Natasha Barteneva. Dr. Barteneva is an adjunct professor at Nazerbayev University, but her primary role is Director, Flow and Imaging Cytometry Resource, Harvard Medical School. Harry and Dr. Barteneva met at Bigelow Laboratory’s Algae Culturing Techniques Course in 2014.

While the region is primarily an arid grassland, our new customers at Nazerbayev University are going to be using the FlowCam in freshwater lake systems. To complete their study, Heather Anne accompanied 2 research scientists to the National Park region to sample several of the lake systems. In addition to completing a survey of the National Park region, the team from Nazerbayev will be characterizing the biodiversity in the disappearing Aral Sea.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

Fluid Imaging Technologies Announces 2016 Aquatic Research Student Equipment and Travel Grant Recipient

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - June 7, 2016 - Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, Scarborough, Maine has awarded its 2016 Aquatic Research Student Equipment and Travel Grant to Nicholas Ray, Ph.D. student, Boston University, Department of Biology, Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Dr. Robinson Fulweiler. His proposal, Bivalve Control of Coastal Phytoplankton Communities, was selected after a series of in-depth reviews by a panel of independent aquatic scientists. Judging criteria included scientific merit, appropriate use of the FlowCam® and the ability to obtain measurable results during a research period of four months. 

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Topics: News and Events, User Spotlight, Aquaculture, Aquatic Research

Fluid Imaging Technologies Hires Four New Talents

SCARBOROUGH, Maine – May 19, 2016 – Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, Scarborough, Maine has recently hired four new talents.

  • Frances Buerkens as Sales Manager – Aquatic Markets. In this role, Buerkens will be responsible for promoting and selling the FlowCam in algae technology markets. She will also work closely with the VP of Aquatic Markets to develop strategies for all market segments.
  • Kay Johnson as Technical Customer Support Associate. In this role, Johnson will be responsible for direct customer support related to the operation of the FlowCam imaging particle analysis instrument and its VisualSpreadSheet software across all markets and applications.
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Topics: News and Events

FlowCam® Macro for Zooplankton to be used to advance research capabilities at Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS)

May 12, 2016 --- Marine science technology supplier, Planet Ocean, UK and Ireland agent for US based laboratory instrumentation manufacturer, Fluid Imaging Technologies, are pleased to announce a new instrument, FlowCam® Macro, will be used for zooplankton analysis and research at Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) in Plymouth, UK. The FlowCam Macro will enable advancements in the study of zooplankton and other large particles up to 5mm in size using imaging analysis technology.

“At Fluid Imaging Technologies, we’re dedicated to constant product improvement to meet the needs of our customers,” said Harry Nelson, Vice President of Aquatic Markets. “The new instrument was developed specifically to address the growing need for the semi-automated analysis of zooplankton and other larger-sized particles.” Terry Sloane, Managing Director of Planet Ocean adds, “We have been in discussion with scientists at SAHFOS for several years about the potential to introduce the exciting opportunities that FlowCam systems offer, providing enormous scope to extend capability, increasing both efficiency and science output.”

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Topics: Marine Research, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

FlowCam for climate studies at University of Maine

In March, Heather Wright – a member of our technical support team – conducted FlowCam training at the University of Maine, Orono (UMO) for a team of researchers including Dr. Jasmine Saros and Dr. Andrei Kurbatov. Both Kurbatov and Saros work at the Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Center and conduct research to identify climatic change.

When preparing for trainings, our technical team always discusses the end-user application objectives. We also emphasize the importance of having your field or experimental samples on hand during the training. On this recent training at UMO, we worked with samples ranging from 50 year old pollen grains, preserved phytoplankton and microzooplankton, and tephra particles from volcanic ash that was trapped inside ice cores.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, News and Events, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

Imaging Particle Analysis Reveals Higher Concentrations of Sub-Visible Particles Compared to Light Obscuration Technique

Omontys® – a brand name peginesatide injectable – was voluntarily withdrawn from the market less than a year after the product launch. Clinical trials had demonstrated the drug to be safe and efficacious, but over 40 cases of anaphylaxis, and 7 fatalities were reported soon after the product was introduced to the market.

Peginesatide, a man-made form of erythropoietin, is used to treat anemia in people with chronic kidney disease treated with dialysis. Those suffering from kidney failure may have reduced amounts of erythropoietin in their body. 

A recent article in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (JPS)1 discussed how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) task force investigated the Omontys events with several particle analyzers, including the FlowCam®.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

Fluid Imaging Technologies Named a Winner in the Laboratory Equipment Category in Algae Industry Magazine's 2015 International Reader's Poll

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - January 14, 2016 - Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, Scarborough, Maine was named a winner in the Laboratory Equipment Category in Algae Industry Magazine's 2015 International Reader's Poll.

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Topics: News and Events

Using dynamic imaging to monitor HAB in the Gulf of Mexico

There is a large harmful algal bloom (HAB) that began off the western coast of Florida and has slowly spread throughout the Gulf over the past few months.

We're pleased to learn that University of Southern Mississippi scientist Adam Boyette uses a FlowCam dynamic imaging particle analysis instrument to characterize the phytoplankton community and monitor HAB.

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Topics: Harmful Algal Blooms, Aquatic Research