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Sarah Isakson

Recent Posts

Using the FlowCam to Study Harmful Algae Blooms Around Sanibel Island, Florida

It's hard to imagine a more picturesque location from which to perform one's research than Sanibel Island, Florida. However, as can be seen in the picture at the right, our most beautiful places are not exempt from the effects of climate change. Pictured here is what is commonly known as "red tide", but to Dr. Eric Milbrandt and the researchers at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is known to be an algal bloom caused by the phytoplankton Karenina brevis.

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Topics: Marine Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

FlowCam on the Road: Where to See Us This Fall

Check out some of our upcoming trade show and conference appearances - we hope we'll see you there! (Stay tuned for a separate list of Aquatic Research and Drinking Water appearances):

October 15-16: National Association of Printer Ink Manufacturers' NPIRI Fall Technical Conference

October 22-24: Chem Show

November 3-6: AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) 2019 PharmSci 360

December 17-18: SCC (Society of Cosmetic Chemists) 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase

Read on to learn more!

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Topics: News and Events

On Board with the BLOOM Educators Program

For six days every spring, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences hosts 16 high school students (one from each Maine county) in East Boothbay, Maine, as part of the Keller BLOOM educational program. Students get a chance to work alongside research scientists studying marine life in the field and in the laboratory.

In recent years, Bigelow has expanded the BLOOM program to include a second session in August - this time for Middle and High School educators.

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Topics: Marine Research, News and Events, Aquatic Research

Detecting Contaminates in Stormwater Runoff with Hydro International

Contaminates in stormwater runoff that feed into our waterways are a leading cause of environmental pollution. Hydro International (a UK company with a local facility just down the road from Fluid Imaging in Portland, Maine) analyzes the content of stormwater and wastewater in order to provide solutions that
prevent contamination utilizing machinery, cleansers, and filters.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), User Spotlight

Fluid Imaging: One of Maine's "Best Places to Work"!

In August, Fluid Imaging Technologies was named one of 29 small companies on the list of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine. FIT previously received this honor in 2017, and we are very excited to make the list again - this time as one of the top ten companies!
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Topics: News and Events

Saving Lives with the FlowCam - the Race to Identify Potentially Fatal Bacteria

In exciting recent news, Fluid Imaging has entered into an exclusive research agreement with the University of Colorado Boulder to begin a study into the possibilities of automated identification of certain bacterial species, headed by Dr. Theodore Randolph. This study has potentially life-saving implications if proven successful.

Pictured above: Dr. Randolph with his FlowCam at the University of Colorado

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Topics: News and Events, User Spotlight

Welcoming our Distributors from Around the World to Maine

Last week we hosted an International Industrial Sales Summit at our headquarters in Scarborough, Maine. We welcomed representatives from distributors located in China, Japan, Korea, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

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Topics: News and Events

Meet Fluid Imaging's Sales Team!

If you've spoken to anyone at Fluid Imaging, it's probably been one of our salespeople. Our five sales reps come from diverse backgrounds with varied interests and market specialties. No matter your FlowCam application, we have someone to help you! 

Read on to get to know those voices on the phone...

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Topics: News and Events

FlowCam can assess effects of mechanical stress (aggregation) on protein formulations in syringes resulting from hospital transportation systems.

University of Colorado PhD student, Vaida Linkuviene, along with Fluid Imaging Applications Scientist, Heather Anne Wright, and Co-Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Colorado, John Carpenter, recently presented a poster at the 2019 Colorado Protein Stability Conference, at which Fluid Imaging has long been a participant. Vaida has been working with the FlowCam to assess the effects mechanical stress on protein formulations in syringes.

Pictured here: Vaida with her poster "Effects of transportation of syringes containing protein formulations through a hospital pneumatic tube system: Particle characterization by multiple methods"

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, User Spotlight, Biopharmaceutical Research

KISR Uses FlowCam to Study Plankton in the Persian Gulf

Earlier this month, Harry Nelson traveled to Kuwait to train employees of KISR (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research) on their new FlowCam Macro, and their 2012 FlowCam VS4. Dr. Rakhesh Madhusoodhanan and his colleagues at the Oceanography Research Group are very excited to expand their research with the use of their new FlowCam. 

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Topics: Marine Research, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research