Flow Imaging Microscopy Blog

Atypical Manufacturer Thrives in Atypical Manufacturing Hub: Chief Executive Magazine Interviews Our CEO Kent Peterson

Making it Work in Maine. Chief Executive Magazine recently interviewed Kent Peterson on how a small manufacturing company can thrive in Maine through innovation, continuous improvement and teamwork.

Read the article here and see what it takes for a small Maine company to be successful on a global basis.

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Topics: News and Events

A Blueprint to Monitor Toxin-Producing Cyanobacteria With the FlowCam

Ensure Safe Drinking Water

Climate conditions are conducive to both harmful algae blooms (HABs) as well as taste and odor events in drinking water with increasing frequency and intensity. As a result, EPA regulations are moving toward requiring cyanobacteria monitoring. Proactive drinking water agencies are seeking a streamlined approach to monitor cyanobacteria and nuisance algae. Unfortunately, there is no single method that answers all the fundamental questions needed to make treatment decisions and ensure a safe water supply:

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

FIT Welcomes Michelle Richards as Newly Hired Buyer

November 2018 — Michelle Richards has joined Fluid Imaging Technologies as the Buyer in supporting production and is excited to be a part of the Fluid Imaging!

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Topics: News and Events

Climate Change and the Gulf of Maine as Discussed by President of Bigelow Lab

November 6, 2018, Brunswick, Maine—

At the close of Election Day, Dr. Deborah Bronk presented on the effects of climate change on the Gulf of Maine at Frontier Cafe and Restaurant in Brunswick, Maine.

Dr. Bronk, a PhD from the University of Maryland, most recently held tenure as a Professor at the College of William and Mary where she conducted research on how phytoplankton and other aquatic microbes process nitrogen. In February 2018, she became the President and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. 

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

FlowCam Flow Imaging Microscope Workshops at AWWA's Water Quality Technology Conference 2018

The AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference 2018 is about to kick-off in Toronto, Ontario. AWWA WQTC18 is the leading North American conference for water quality professionals to gather and discuss the latest research, technology and innovations serving water quality professionals. If you're attending, there are a few opportunities to have a hands-on experience with the FlowCam flow imaging microscope.

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Topics: News and Events

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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Topics: News and Events

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