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Next-Generation Flow Cytometry Instrument Broadens Analysis in Life Science Research

Life science researchers who want to broaden their cell analysis capabilities can now employ a next-generation flow cytometer with a modular design that allows them greater flexibility in applications ranging from biomarker discovery to cancer research.

The Life Technologies Attune NxT Acoustic Focusing Cytometer expands cell analysis capabilities thro ...

The Life Technologies Attune NxT Acoustic Focusing Cytometer expands cell analysis capabilities through a modular design to fit any lab's budget and research needs. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new Life Technologies Attune NxT Acoustic Focusing Cytometer is being launched today at the Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (CYTO) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Previously, researchers using conventional instruments had to sacrifice precision and speed, limiting the scope of many research applications. The Attune NxT circumvents these hurdles by using a proprietary acoustic focusing technology to increase detection sensitivity and throughput. It can also be easily configured to run with one to four lasers, enabling it to detect up to 14 colors in a sample and to scale with the changing research needs and budgetary demands of any lab.

“The high sample rates of the Attune allows me to reduce centrifugation steps so that we retain more cells and more rapidly detect rare events,” said Professor David Cousins, department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester. “We could not have performed these studies with any other instrument.”

The Attune NxT Acoustic Focusing Cytometer builds on the success of the first generation Attune instrument introduced in 2010. Like its predecessor, the Attune NxT uses sound waves, as opposed to hydrodynamics, to focus cells past the laser detection system for analysis. Acoustic focusing enables higher control of the cells as they pass through the interrogation point, resulting in more intense (faster and more precise) sample interrogation capabilities.

“With the launch of the Attune NxT our goal is to make these advanced technologies accessible to all customers, independent of funding or experience levels, so they can be applied in new ways to help accelerate research and discovery,” said Brett Williams, vice president and general manager, Cell Analysis, at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Attune NxT Acoustic Focusing Cytometer is for research use only, not intended for diagnostic purposes.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our four premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Life Technologies, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com.

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