Free seminar: Label-free live cell analysis using LiveCyte

DATE: Monday 19th Nov 2018      TIME: 10.30am to 11.30am
VENUE:  Australian National University, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Seminar Room 2.

The biggest challenge for many live cell researchers is to characterise individual cells without impacting their behaviour through the act of monitoring them. Whilst the use of fluorescent labels allows both cells and cellular functions to be visualised, the levels of illumination needed to excite the fluorophores can alter innate properties of cells, with the associated cytotoxicity limiting the scope, duration and integrity of any experiment.

This seminar discussed the new modality of Ptychographic QPI, a label-free technique, which exploits the inherent contrast of cellular components to create high contrast images under low levels of light intensity, and allows individual cells to be tracked and monitored over longer periods of time.

For further information call Peter Davis, Applications Specialist, T: 02 9541 3500 or email    Download flier here.

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Join us and use the new Phenom Pharos desktop SEM with FEG source

NEW desktop Phenom Pharos SEM Workshop: 19th and 20th September 2018

ATA Scientific recently hosted an SEM workshop at Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus to showcase the new Phenom Pharos desktop SEM – the first system to arrive in Australia!

The Phenom Pharos is the first desktop SEM solution that includes a field emission gun (FEG) source to deliver crisp, high brightness images. It offers floor model performance on a desktop microscope with loads of added benefits. Attendees were invited to test drive the complete series of Phenom desktop SEM instruments including:

  • Phenom Pharos SEM – the very first desktop SEM that comes with a FEG source to deliver crisp, high quality images with magnifications of up to one million times and <3nm resolution.
  • Phenom ProX Gen 5 SEM – New 5th generation Phenom desktop SEM with enhanced imaging performance plus fully integrated x-ray analysis (EDS), fastest time to imaging and “never lost” navigation.
  • Phenom XL SEM – Superfast and easy to use and provides high resolution imaging with elemental analysis of large samples up to 100mm x 100mm.

Both new and experienced SEM users enjoyed the demonstrations and hands on sessions which provided further insights into their applications. If you missed this workshop and would like to register your interest for future events, please contact us.

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The Challenges of Live Cell Imaging: A new way of looking at cells.

August 6-10, 2018

This 1 hour talk was presented in 5 major cities around Australia including  Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong, Sydney and Brisbane.

During the seminar we demonstrated the intuitive workflow and multiple outputs from a single time-lapse experiment using the Livecyte automated cell imaging and analysis software. We discussed a few exciting applications such as, Scratch Wound Healing Assay, Analysis of Heterogeneous Cell Populations, Mitotic Time, Cytotoxicity, Cell Viability, Random Motility and much more, all without using labels.

The Livecyte system from Phasefocus is a complete imaging and analysis system optimised for long term, non-invasive monitoring of live cells label-free. Livecyte utilises QPI (Quantitative Phase Imaging) combined with correlative fluorescence imaging to extract a suite of information to report both morphological and kinetic phenotypes at a single cell level.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI), Brisbane has become the first centre in Australia and the Asia Pacific region to adopt the Livecyte™ Cell Imaging and Analysis system.

For further information on future seminars or a copy of the slides, please contact us.  

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Rapid development and scale-up of drug delivery nanoparticles using a microfluidic platform

28th and 29th June 2018

Microfluidic devices have been broadly used to produce nanoparticles for genetic medicine, vaccines, and drug delivery systems for small molecules, proteins, and peptides. Compared to conventional methods, microfluidic production offers superior control, reproducibility and scalability of the nanoparticle production process that promises to overcome significant challenges in the translation of these therapeutics: Fine control of process parameters afforded by microfluidics, allows optimisation of nanoparticle quality and encapsulation efficiency. Automation improves the reproducibility and optimisation of formulations. Furthermore, the continuous nature of the microfluidic process is inherently scalable, allowing optimisation at low volumes to conserve scarce or costly materials, and seamless scale-up of optimised formulations by employing multiple microfluidic mixers performing identical unit operations in parallel.

This talk, presented at the University of Melbourne on 28th June and at the University of Queensland on 29th June, focused on examples from literature and highlighted how users of this technology are revolutionising medicine. Original data was presented to demonstrate how the technology has been used to accelerate all stages of nanomedicine development from discovery to manufacturing.     Download flier

If you missed the seminar and would like an onsite demonstration please contact us.

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Use the new Phenom desktop SEM with X-ray analysis for element identification


Phenom SEM 10th & 12th & 13th APRIL 2018 – QLD

This workshop aimed to present the latest Phenom ProX desktop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). New insights were discussed and users were invited to experience the Phenom SEM instrument via scheduled demonstrations and “hands on” time for sample analysis. Applications included Forensic investigation, Material characterisation, Metallurgy, Process control, Pharmaceutical, Industrial research and more.

On show
Phenom ProX Gen 5 – Desktop SEM with enhanced imaging performance (up to 150,000x magnification and <8nm resolution, BSD, SED, EDS – particle, pore & fibre metrology), plus fully integrated x-ray analysis (EDS), fastest time to imaging (<30sec) and “never lost” navigation.

For more information or if you would like a free demonstration, please contact us.

Program Details  – 10 April       Program details – 12/13 April

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Characterisation of Surfaces and Interfaces using Tensiometry

13th – 23rd MARCH 2018

Understanding wettability, adhesion, cleanliness and surface free energy and interfacial rheology.

This workshop introduced a number of different surface based nanoscale characterisation methods from Biolin Scientific. These are powerful tools when developing advanced materials in implants, hydrophobic surfaces, composites, etc. Talks focused on the latest techniques for analysing real surfaces and interfaces and how to measure wettability, adhesion and other features of heterogeneous surfaces with varying topography. Talks were followed by live demonstrations and sample analysis.

If you missed our workshop or if are interested in taking a closer look using your own samples, please contact us with your details of your intended application.

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