Flow cytometry has always been a valuable tool for cellular analysis in many fields of application. However, the operation of a flow cytometer has commonly meant that highly qualified operators handle a huge instrument of a high financial value.
Partec has been setting standards and pioneering the development of commercially available systems for cell and particle analysis for more than 50 years. These include an award-winning range of flow cytometers (FCM) and cell evaluation instruments with advanced fluorescence-activated cell sorting technology for reliable and repeatable results.
By combining the latest scientific and biotechnological knowledge with cost-efficient flow cytometry protocols, Partec provides excellent automated cell analysis and diagnostic tools with higher precision and more affordability, enabling analysis of 100,000 cells or more in less than one minute.
Innovative flow cytometry technology
With its innovative FCM technology, Partec addresses a global solution for research and clinical routines as well as new sophisticated applications. These include:
- High-end, multi-colour analysis
- More affordable immunophenotyping
- Decentralised research applications in cell biology and microbiology
- Accurate and highly affordable HIV monitoring for low and mid income countries and remote, resource-limited settings
- Sterile and non-destructive particle and cell sorting
Partec also provides software, reagents, protocols, accessories, application support, excellent training and first-class after-sales service.
Accurate, reproducible and cost-effective flow cytometry results can be achieved with both the award-winning CyFlow® Cube 8, a stand-alone laboratory flow cytometer and the CyFlow® Cube 6, a portable dual-laser flow cytometry system.
The CyFlow® Cube 6 is a lower-priced cytometer employing 6 optical parameters, while the CyFlow® Cube 8 uses 8 optical parameters. The more powerful CyFlow® Cube 8 is available with a built-in CyFlow® Sorter module for diamond-piezo-based, closed, non-destructive and non-hazardous cell and particle sorting; it uses Windows CyView® software for acquisition of on- and off-line data analysis.
Other flow cytometer models include:
- CyFlow® ML: multi laser,16 parameter
- CyFlow® Space: 3 laser, 9 parameter multi-laser, benchtop instruments
- CyFlow® SL: a portable single-laser, 3-colour flow cytometry system
Ploidy level and aneuploidy measurement
The CyFlow® Ploidy Analyser efficiently measures the DNA content of thousands of individual nuclei, which are extracted and stained with Partec CyStain® reagents. When used in combination with Partec CyStain® PI reagents, the relative genome size of plant and animal nuclei can also be determined.
The Partec CyFlow® Oenolyser is ideal for the automatic detection, quantification and live / dead analysis of yeasts in wine and champagne. It provides early detection and quantification of Brettanomyces in maturating wine to ensure a very low number and/or no proliferation of this organism.
Fast HIV monitoring
The CyFlow Counter is a fully equipped, portable, ultra-compact desktop flow cytometer for routine CD4 and CD4% counting, as well as total lymphocyte and WBC counting. As a ‘plug and play’ CD4 instrument, it eliminates the need for optical and laser adjustment, taking less than 5 minutes to get the first CD4 cell count results. This dramatically reduces the cost per CD4 count and the overall running cost.
The CyFlow® Counter runs either on 100V-240V or on 12V DC power and therefore can be independent of the local power grid, enabling easier HIV monitoring in remote locations.
Immune status monitoring
By eliminating the need for cold chain and cold storage the CyFlow® miniPOC is truly a portable immune status analyser, weighing less than 5kg. Success of the Partec CyFlow® miniPOC is achieved due to the revolutionary Partec dry CD4/CD4%, which enables testing without the need for larger centralised laboratories.
It can be powered by 110V or 240V supplies, a rechargeable battery pack or optional solar panels, making the CyFlow miniPOC suited to both high throughput analysis labs, as well as small health centres in rural areas.
Employing state-of-the-art laser modules, optics, fluidics and electronics, the total biological range of CD4 absolute counts and CD4% is covered with unmatched precision, accuracy and reproducibility.
Integrated molecular diagnostics
CyFox® is the first fully integrated molecular diagnostic device for real-time gel electrophoresis, in a compact and easy-to-use standalone instrument. The running gel can be monitored and visualised in real-time during the entire course of the measurement.
Partec also offers a wide range of dedicated reagents and consumables for gel electrophoresis in combination with the CyFox®, for HIV, CMV, Hepatitis, TB, Malaria and other applications.
Portable high-power microscopes
CyScope® is a leading brand of innovative, compact, portable LED fluorescence and light transmitted microscopes suited to a broad spectrum of applications, including clinical routines and research examinations for immunofluorescence, cell biology and pathology, as well as educational programmes.
For routine tests in microbiology and parasitology, Partec offers dedicated fixed set-ups with Partec CyStain® TB and Partec Rapid Malaria Tests and detection of Chlamydia Trachomatis or Pneumocystis Jiroveci.
The CyScope® range also includes a camera upgrade for taking images of the slide for further investigation by image analysis software on a Windows-based PC.
The Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) centre is located in McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Sartorius Stedim Cellca is developing the Cell Culture Technology Center (CCTC) in Science Park III in Germany, with an estimated investment of €30m ($35.2m).
Partec has supported the BBC expedition "Operation Iceberg" by providing the innovative CyScope® fluorescence microscopy technology for studying the geological and biological aspects of glaciers and icebergs exactly where it happens. This has been made possible by virtue of an integrated battery that enables the microscope to be fully portable.
Instrument Business Outlook (IBO) has announced the winners of the 18th annual IBO Design Awards for excellence in the industrial design of analytical instruments, portable analytical instruments and laboratory equipment.
German biotechnology company Partec has been selected, from a field comprising 4,515 products from 1,800 manufacturers and designers based in 58 different countries, as winner of 2012's red dot award for product design.
CellTrics disposable filters from Partec UK Ltd can be used to filter any kind of liquid suspension.
The award-winning multi-laser CyFlow Cube from Partec UK Ltd is a wholly customisable flow cytometer with fully integrated fluidics, built-in PC and 19" TFT monitor.
The first fully integrated molecular diagnostic device for real-time gel electrophoresis is being offered as a stand alone instrument from Partec UK Ltd. With everything necessary to carry out real-time gel electrophoresis in a single instrument, the Partec CyFox is user-friendly, compact and cost-effective.
Partec, a leading provider of flow cytometry instruments and reagents, and De Novo Software, a leading provider of flow cytometry data analysis solutions, have announced an agreement whereby Partec will sell De Novo Software's flagship product, FCS Express, to customers in clinical, research and pharmaceutical markets worldwide.