Flow Cytometers

By Lab Manager Magazine

Flow cytometry is a powerful technology that allows researchers and clinicians to perform complex cellular analysis quickly and efficiently by analyzing several parameters simultaneously.

Top 6 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Flow Cytometer

The instrument is outdated and is either too complex for staff to learn to use or too simple to perform the complicated tasks you require.
You are getting considerable variability in your results.
The flow cytometer does not support the assay types you need it to.
The system takes up too much space in the lab and/or is costing too much time and money in maintenance.
The instrument’s speed is too slow to keep up with your lab’s workload.
The flow cytometer does not have the laser capability or data features you require for your experiments.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Flow Cytometer

What type of information can you obtain in terms of cell-based assays at the level of individual cells?/td>
How does the company’s technology improve your level of confidence in flow data?
How does the learning curve of the instrument’s software compare to competitive offerings?
Will you be able to perform assays on this instrument without extensive experience?
Can the company provide some key differentiators regarding their system(s)?

You may also wish to ask where you will be in three to five years: How many samples and what kind of assays will you be running? What parameters will you be looking at? Do you expect to increase the number or complexity of your applications and is it possible to upgrade the machine you’re considering? If the instrument doesn’t meet your future needs, you may better serve your lab in purchasing a higher-end instrument.

Recently Released Flow Cytometers

FACSJazz™ Flow Cytometer Cell Sorter

  • Simplifies cellular isolation and analysis for researchers requiring high sample integrity
  • Occupies 20” x 20” (51 cm x 51 cm) of benchtop space
  • Features high sensitivity to identify and isolate target cells for up to eight parameters
  • Capable of identifying, characterizing and isolating single or multiple cells and depositing them in 96 and 384 well plates

BD Biosciences

Guava ® easyCyte™ Series

  • Offers up to eight-parameter detection in a singlesampler format
  • Four models are available: two single-laser units capable of detecting five to six parameters and two duallaser systems that can detect six to eight parameters
  • Features a small footprint and easy maintenance
  • Reduces number of cells needed for analysis and the amount of waste generated

EMD Millipore

Copas Plus

  • For high-throughput analysis and sorting of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPS) clusters using large particle flow cytometry
  • Allows the analysis and sorting of intact hiPS cell clusters from a complex mixture of varying sizes based on size, optical density and fluorescent parameters
  • Does not influence the morphology or viability compared to manually sorted cell clusters

Union Biometrica

VersaComp Antibody Capture Bead Kit

  • Designed to set compensation for multicolor flow cytometry experiments by allowing researchers to utilize the same reagents used in their experiments
  • Uses positive and negative beads for each conjugate, which allows generation of a compensation matrix to correct for the spectral overlap of that conjugate into other channels
  • Can be used with any cytometer, including configurations with more than three lasers

Beckman Coulter

Flow Cytometer Manufacturers

BD Biosciences www.bdbiosciences.com

Beckman Coulter www.beckmancoulter.com

EMD Millipore www.emdmillipore.com

Life Technologies www.lifetech.com

Partec www.partec.com

Union Biometrica www.unionbio.com


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2013/2014 Product Resource Guide Magazine Issue Cover
2013/2014 Product Resource Guide

Published: August 9, 2013

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