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Aker BioMarine Purchases FlowCam for use on Krill Harvesting Vessel - Antarctic Endurance.

Aker BioMarine (ABM) is a biotech, fishing, marine research and krill harvesting company. They recently purchased a FlowCam for use on their krill harvesting vessel, the Antarctic Endurance.  They plan to use the FlowCam to monitor the phytoplankton that the krill eat, in order to maintain a sustainable krill fishery.  

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Topics: Marine Research, Aquaculture, Aquatic Research

VisualSpreadsheet and 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance: Meeting Regulatory Requirements with the FlowCam

VisualSpreadsheet 5 image analysis software (ViSp 5) represents a new platform for FlowCam data organization. Introduced in 2019, our upgraded software moves away from a simple hierarchy of folders and instead utilizes a database structure.

Biopharma labs working in drug development will be excited to learn about the module for fully-integrated compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 regulations mandated by the US FDA.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

U-Medico Uses FlowCam to Assess Drug Stability Using Tapered Needles vs. Cylindrical Needles

Injectable biopharmaceuticals, particularly prefilled syringes (PFS), come with risks related to the force of injection, such as patient pain and anxiety. The injection force can often be especially high with PFSs, due to the high viscosity of the contained substances.

"In clinical practice, injection pressure is commonly estimated by the injection force, which is a measure of effort required by the user during depression of the plunger on a delivery device. Previous studies have suggested that low exerted injection force was consistent with improved patient convenience and ease of injection."

Terumo Corporation has recently developed a tapered injection needle in the hopes that it will reduce the force of injection and improve the patient experience.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, Biopharmaceutical Research

FlowCam on the Road: Where to See Us This Spring (Biopharma/Industrial Edition)

***COVID-19 UPDATE***  This list is actively changing, as many conferences are choosing to postpone or cancel. Please refer to our website to see an up-to-date schedule

Between now and June you'll find Fluid Imaging at the following events:

Pittcon

AIChE's 2020 Frontiers in Particle Science and Technology

AADE's Fluids 2020

AAPS-NERDG Annual Meeting

Drug Development Networking Summit

Powder & Bulk Solids

NYSCC Suppliers' Day

Biotherapeutics Analytical Summit

Keep reading to learn more about each conference. We hope we'll see you on the road!

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Topics: News and Events

West Pharma Uses FlowCam for Early Drug Development

West Pharmaceutical Laboratories (Exton, PA) recently published a paper on a streamlined bioanalytical approach to determine the most appropriate primary container system early in drug development. Given the importance of monitoring biological drug and container interactions to ensure drug and patient safety, it is necessary to consider multiple variables when determining drug packaging systems.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, Biopharmaceutical Research

FlowCam on the Road: Where to See Us this Winter and Spring (Aquatics Edition)

***COVID-19 UPDATE***  This list is actively changing, as many conferences are choosing to postpone or cancel. Please refer to our website to see an up-to-date schedule

Harry and Savannah (and Frances too) can't hide their excitement about our spring conference schedule! Here's where you can find us between now and June. Don't forget to bring a water sample, and we'll analyze it for you right in our booth.


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Topics: News and Events

Boston University Students use FlowCam to Analyze Oyster Habitats from Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

Nick Ray (PhD Candidate) and Gretchen McCarthy (Senior) from the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) came to visit our FlowCam lab in Scarborough this week. Nick Ray had used a FlowCam in 2016 in Dr. Robinson Fulweiler's lab when he was a recipient of our Student Equipment Grant. Gretchen has worked in this lab since she was a freshman. She's planning to begin graduate school next year and will focus her studies on fisheries and aquaculture.

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Topics: Marine Research, Aquaculture, Aquatic Research

Studying the Effects of Seasonal Water Differences on Microplankton in the Southeastern Arabian Sea

A research group with CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography in Kochi, India (https://www.nio.org/), has used the FlowCam® to provide new evidence that temporal changes in the coastal waters of the Southeastern Arabian Sea (SEAS) cause size and structure changes in micro-plankton communities. Nutrient-rich coastal areas typically produce large-sized phytoplankton, and nutrient-depleted waters tend to produce smaller phytoplankton. These variations in plankton size can impact the food web, and therefore the economics of the area, where fishing is an important socioeconomic activity. 

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Topics: Marine Research, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

20 Years of FlowCam Applications

What CAN'T be run through the FlowCam? The list below shows the majority of substances that have been imaged and analyzed on the FlowCam over the course of our 20 year history. Is your application on the list? If not, send us a sample, and we'll add it! Keep reading below to learn more about some of our favorite applications.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, News and Events, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight

FlowCam for Characterization of Column Packing Material

High-performance liquid chromatographyis a technique in analytical chemistry used to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture. It relies on pumps that pass a pressurized liquid solvent containing the sample mixture through a column filled with a solid adsorbent material. Each component in the sample interacts slightly differently with the adsorbent material, causing different flow rates for the different components and leading to the separation of the components as they flow out of the column.

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Topics: Industrial Applications