Sensovation Launches FLAIR, Fluorescent Array Imaging Reader, at MEDICA

FLAIR - Sensovations Fluorescence Array Imaging Reader
Sensovation, a developer and supplier of high-end yet affordable instruments, cameras, and OEM systems is launching its fluorescent array imaging reader, FLAIR, at MEDICA 2010. FLAIR is a compact, CCD-camera based reader that enables the user to quickly and sensitively read and analyze whole arrays of fluorescent assays at the bottom of each well of a 96-well plate. This array-in-well format saves reagents, time, and sample thereby reducing cost per data point.

FLAIR is a 2-color fluorescent reader designed for use with the most common fluorescent dyes, different user-defined FLAIR versions are available for analysis of most common pairs of dyes. Its high resolution (6 μm) allows the user to detect spots as small as 25 μm in diameter at and its innovative illumination technology guarantees excellent sensitivity and signal/noise ratios. The CCD imager technology makes FLAIR extremely fast. Even at the highest resolution all microarrays in a 96-well microplate can be fully analyzed in 2.5 minutes. The spot intensities are calculated in real time during the measurement cycle FLAIR complements Sensovation’s Colorimeric Array Imaging Reader, CLAIR, for detection of colorimetric arrays in wells. Both readers are designed to image and analyze arrays in wells but are also suited for other formats, e.g. the standard 2 x 8 pad array layout on slides, or biochips.

FLAIR and CLAIR are affordable and compact benchtop instruments which are particularly suited for routine diagnostic applications and R&D projects where a large number of analytes need to be investigated quickly and/or sample volume is precious.
“We are excited about launching FLAIR with our new spot recognition and analysis software during Medica”said Stefan Bickert, CEO of Sensovation. “We see a lot of interest in multiplexing, especially the array-in-well format. First with CLAIR and now with FLAIR we provide a highly enabling and affordable solution for read-out of multiplexed arrays.”

FLAIR, CLAIR and an integrated robotic system including a CLAIR unit and is used for HPV testing can be viewed during MEDICA in Duesseldorf, from November 17 -20 at the Sensovation booth in Hall 2, booth B13.

About Sensovation
Sensovation is a venture-backed company located in southern Germany. The company’s focus since inception has been scientific imaging and low light detection using CCD sensors. Sensovation’s instrumentation and optical detection solutions include the FLAIR and CLAIR imaging readers, the LumiSens® electro-optical OEM module, a fully automated next-generation fluorescence microscope for fast and high resolution histology and for cell analysis, a line of cooled scientific cameras, Envinci a powerful video signal processing board for video endoscopy, medical video camera modules for endoscopy and imaging systems for POC applications. Sensovation is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485 certified.

Contact (Europe: Dr. Hanswilly Mueller, hanswilly.mueller@sensovation.com