Toxicology platforms

ArguScope

arguscopeThe ArguScope is a flexible and fully automated imaging system for macroscopic image recording. Utilising the imaging analysis solutions of DCILABS, this powerful instrument enhances the throughput and accuracy of a variety of "macroscopic imaging assays" in diverse application domains such as drug discovery, R&D and the material sciences.

Intended for larger samples, the Arguscope comes with an easy-to-use operator interface that allows you to set up complex scanning protocols within minutes. Camera, lighting, optics and scanning software are all included.

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HTSScratcher

htsscratcherThe in vitro scratch assay is a straightforward and economical method of studying cell migration. By creating a gap on a confluent cell monolayer, the cells on the edge of the gap will move to close the “scratch”. However, existing methodologies lack consistency: handheld tools can disturb the cell monolayers if not used correctly. And for HTS experiments where thousands of well plates must be scratched consistently the preparation of assays can create a real bottleneck.

The HTSScratcher was designed in close cooperation with HTS researchers in order to remove research delays in the assay preparation phase. The apparatus provides support and guidance for a commercially available, commonly used handheld tool. The HTSScratcher’s four guidance shafts guarantee a perfect horizontal position of the scratch needle plate relative to the well plate beneath. When lowering the tool, the controlled counterforce mechanism ensures smooth, controlled downward movement.

When touching the well plate, the needle-tool can be moved horizontally over a determined distance, thus creating a scratch in the cell culture without damaging the plastic well plate. The sledge support which runs over eight polyamide rollers ensures smooth transport and rapid removal and loading of the well plates.

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