Cell Robotics to demonstrate specialised features of new Pathology Imaging Workstation

Albuquerque 18 October 2001Cell Robotics International has introduced The Pathology Workstation at the recently held American Society for Clinical Pathologists/College of American Pathologists (ASCP/CAP) annual meeting in Philadelphia. This novel tool will allow pathologists to automatically cut out and retrieve all cells of interest from a biopsy for DNA and RNA analysis to provide a definitive cancer diagnosis. In addition, the new Cell Robotics Imaging Workstation is able to support future research on pathogenic agents, such as anthrax, smallpox, or botulism.

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Identifying a cell's DNA or RNA is extremely important for the early detection of cancer. Understanding the genetic changes of a tumour at the molecular level is essential in designing new therapies and making clinical decisions. "As the industry is evolving toward molecular medicine, the goal of modern physicians and pathologists is to precisely monitor a patient before, during and after treatment. The Pathology Workstation is designed to provide pathologists with new tools for the retrieval of specific cells to allow molecular analysis of biopsies. Once the specimen of interest is identified by the pathologist, the laser automatically cuts around it using the new auto-cut software", stated Dr. Jerome Conia, Chief Scientist at Cell Robotics.

The Pathology Workstation is a special configuration of the more broad-based Cell Robotics Imaging Workstation that uses LaserTweezers and LaserScissors for research in stem cells, transgenic animal production, and functional genomics. However, of more recent importance is the ability of the workstation to be able to support future research in addressing the current imperative to reduce our vulnerability to biological terrorism. The Cell Robotics Imaging Workstation is able to remotely examine and isolate a single bacterium, including pathogenic agents such as anthrax, smallpox, or botulism. Recent events involving anthrax emphasise the importance of working with a system like the Workstation that can contain the bacteria during identification of a pathogen.

The Cell Robotics Imaging Workstation upgrades the already successful Cell Robotics Workstation with the addition of an analytical imaging software package and a new, more powerful LaserScissors. The completely new software now provides state-of-the-art image analysis and data management capabilities. Additional imaging upgrades are available to include deconvolution and automated cell identification. The Imaging Workstation still includes the well-known optical trapping laser, the LaserTweezers, but now offers a choice of three available cutting lasers, or LaserScissors modules.

The increased power of the newest LaserScissors module will allow researchers to easily dissect fresh, frozen, or fixed tissue sections, in addition to live cells, useful for molecular analysis of biopsies. The Cell Robotics Imaging Workstation is designed for investigators in both basic and applied research working with stem cells, transgenic animal production and cloning, and functional genomics or proteomics. This new product will be shown, for the first time, to a large audience at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, California, in November.

Cell Robotics International Inc. is a medical products company striving to enhance patient quality-of-life through technology. Cell Robotics develops, sells, and markets technologically unique devices which respond to the rapidly increasing market demand for products that offer more effective, safer, and less painful solutions than conventional procedures. Cell Robotics is the developer of the Lasette, the FDA approved needleless skin perforator for blood collection and glucose monitoring.


Leslie Versweyveld

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