The NovoCyte is a flow cytometer is developed by ACEA Biosciences, Inc. One of the main features of the system is that it is customizable. The operator has the option to choose to use 1 or up to 3 lasers. As necessary, operators can also exchange filters and use numerous analysis formats and sampling. The system is able to detect up to 15 parameters.
Another significant feature of the NovoCyte is the volumetric fluidics system that performs counting that is direct absolute. This is contrary to a common method that uses reference beads that can be expensive. The system’s has pressure sensors that are able to monitor the status of fluidics in real-time, which averts an obstruction of the flow path. This also enables the system to provide data that is more accurate and reliable.
The NovoCyte has an optical system that uses self-regulating beam shaping. This optical system, which has a patent pending, also has a system for collecting light. The alignment of the optical is fixed, which alleviates the need for operators to make adjustments or perform regular maintenance.
An autosampler is optional for the NovoCyte. This option provides higher throughput analysis since the operator is able to process a larger number of samples.
The NovoCyte has a dynamic range of 107 for processing samples and for detecting signals. This range is wider than the standard number for flow cytometers. This feature of the NovoCyte prevents the operator from having to perform rigorous adjustments to the voltage level of the system. The data acquisition process is simply load and go.
Several software features are significant to the NovoCyte. NovoExpress™ is software that provides an efficient system for generating reports and acquiring data. Experiment Manager is another software feature of the NovoCyte. This software generates the sample analysis in the form of a diagram, from which the operator can generate reports, analyze the data, and adjust cytometer settings.
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