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Announcing the 2020 Winner of the FlowCam Student Equipment Grant for Graduate Students: Savannah Mapes

Today we are excited to announce the recipient of this year’s Aquatic FlowCam Research Equipment and Travel grant for graduate students. This grant provides students and professors with access to a FlowCam at their lab for the fall semester, as well as financial support to present their work involving the FlowCam at a North American conference (remotely, if needed).

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

FlowCam Used for Particle Morphology Analysis in Manufacturing of Bimodal Metal Powder at Cornell University

Metal Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3-D printing) requires carefully engineered compound metal powders in order to make high-quality end products. Authors Farzadfar et al. have determined a process for manufacturing a bimodal powder that has both the desired particle density and still flows freely.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, User Spotlight, Additive Manufacturing

Introducing the FlowCam Aquatic Image Galleries

We are happy to announce that we have made available curated galleries of our favorite aquatic images from around the world, in a variety of applications. Are you curious what your water samples would look like when analyzed on the FlowCam? Check out all of the images in our galleries, or peruse below for a sampling of what's available. This is only a small sampling of what the FlowCam is capable of; please contact us if you'd like to see more.

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Topics: Algae Technology, Marine Research, Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), Aquaculture, Aquatic Research

Machine Learning Helps Characterize Antibody Aggregation Using FlowCam (Flow Microscopy) Images

The team at the University of Colorado, Boulder have long been FlowCam customers, most recently incorporating FlowCam images with artificial intelligence, in the form of convolutional neural networks, to characterize and identify impurities in protein therapeutics and cell based medicines.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

Hunting Energy Services Uses FlowCam for Manufacturing and R&D Fluid Cleanliness Measurement

Hunting Energy Services (HES), Subsea Technologies Division, is a manufacturer of subsea hydraulic products for the oil and gas industry. Their suite of hydraulic valve products includes applications for drilling control, production control, and Intervention Workover Control Systems (IWOCS).

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Topics: Industrial Applications, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight

Announcing the Release of a Ground-Breaking New Instrument, the FlowCam + LO

Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies announced this week the release of its newest FlowCam with a fully integrated light obscuration module. By combining industry-standard light obscuration technology required for USP compliance with digital images from proven Flow Imaging Microscopy (FIM) technology, the new FlowCam + LO will soon become the preferred instrument in biopharma labs worldwide.

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Topics: News and Events

FlowCam 8000 to Help Iowa State University Researchers Gain Further Understanding of Particle-Bacterium Interactions

The Anderson (Chemistry) and Brehm-Stecher (Food Science) groups at Iowa State University have been awarded a FlowCam Research Equipment and Travel Grant from Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies (YFT) for use in their ongoing research on microbiological applications of Magnetic Ionic Liquids (MILs).

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Flow Imaging Microscopy (FIM) Coupled with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) Demonstrates Reliable Method to Characterize and Identify Impurities in Cell Based Medicinal Products (CBMPs)

Cell-based medicinal products (CBMPs) are gaining importance as therapeutic treatments for many life-threatening diseases. This study was designed to develop a method to characterize CBMPs using flow imaging microscopy (FIM) for the detection, quantification, and characterization of subvisible particulate impurities.  Recently, FIM has been applied to study cell viability and confluency in cell culture as well as quality of CBMPs. Comprehensive particle characterization can be limited when using the morphological parameters derived from the embedded software due to the complexity of CBMPs, which may consist of multiple particulate populations of highly heterogeneous morphologies.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

An Update on the Tara Ocean Project

The Tara Ocean Foundation, based in France, has mounted a collective effort to study the effect of climate change on the world's oceans. Beginning in 2004, they have launched 11 expeditions that have spanned the globe. According to the Tara Oceans Foundation, the project "has developed an open, innovative Ocean science that will enable us to predict, anticipate and better manage tomorrow’s climate risks. We use high-level scientific expertise to raise awareness and educate young people, mobilize policy makers at the highest level, and enable emerging and developing countries to access the latest knowledge about the Ocean."

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

At Home with the FlowCam in the COVID-19 Era

These past few months we have all had to adjust to a new normal. For some that means risking their lives to provide essential services to the public, or doing their best to follow social-distancing rules in the lab or office. For others that means sitting at home with our laptops on our couches and getting our work done in isolation, or with children at our feet. Working from home is a unique challenge for scientists whose work requires more than just a screen and an internet connection.

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Topics: News and Events