UCLA and Photron to collaborate on biomedical imaging

October 20, 2009--The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) announced a collaboration with Photron USA (San Diego, CA), a manufacturer of high-speed imaging systems and image analysis software, to develop specialized instrumentation for the CNSI's core laboratory facilities.

October 20, 2009--The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) announced a collaboration with Photron USA (San Diego, CA), a manufacturer of high-speed imaging systems and image analysis software (see "Imaging faster than ever" and "Discovery Channel uses Photron cameras to capture high-speed events"), to develop specialized instrumentation for the CNSI's core laboratory facilities.

Photron has donated three state-of-the-art cameras for use in the CNSI's Advanced Light Microscopy/Spectroscopy (ALMS) core lab. The ALMS lab, one of eight core labs at the CNSI, focuses on optical imaging and advanced image analysis techniques for the study of macromolecules, cellular dynamics, and the nanoscale characterization of biomaterials, including single-cell study and single-cell detection.

"CNSI is committed to collaborations with industry," said Paul S. Weiss, CNSI director and UCLA's Fred Kavli Chair in Nanosystems Sciences. "The high-speed cameras donated by Photron will greatly aid our investigators in the ALMS core lab as they develop new methods of molecular imaging."

"Photron is delighted to collaborate with the CNSI at UCLA," said Tak Takimizu, president of Photron USA. "The researchers using the core facilities there are clearly poised to lead the development of many important innovations and technologies."

The CNSI is an integrated research center operating jointly at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations for discoveries in nanosystems and nanotechnology; train the next generation of scientists, educators and technology leaders; and facilitate partnerships with industry, fueling economic development and the social well-being of California, the U.S., and the world. The CNSI was established in 2000 with $100 million from the state of California and an additional $250 million in federal research grants and industry funding.

For more information, see the full story at www.newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/the-california-nanosystems-institute-111232.aspx.

--Posted by Gail Overton, gailo@pennwell.com; www.laserfocusworld.com.

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