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Leica Microsystems and MBF Bioscience Announce a Partnership

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Last Updated: Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Leica Microsystems’ microscopes can now fully integrate with Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator software for analyzing cells in neuroscience research.

Leica Microsystems and MBF Bioscience have announced a partnership to offer Leica Microsystems’ microscopes fully integrated with MBF’s Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator software in the United States. This partnership gives researchers new tools to analyze tissue specimens and discover information about the brain, spinal cord, eye, and lung.

“Combining our analysis software with Leica microscopes means that researchers can get a fully integrated system for collecting accurate, reliable data from their tissue specimens,” says Jack Glaser, President of MBF Bioscience.

Glaser continued, “We are pleased to partner with Leica Microsystems to provide integrated systems. As leading companies in the fields of stereology and neuron tracing, we are proud to offer systems with such a distinguished company as Leica Microsystems.”

This tight integration allows Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator software to display the microscope image onto a computer monitor for analysis. The software automatically adjusts Leica microscope components, such as the fluorescent filters and objective lenses, based on the research task.

Integration is necessary for researchers performing unbiased stereology with Stereo Investigator, which requires the software to drive the motorized stage to random locations on the tissue specimen for unbiased quantification of cell populations.

Researchers using Neurolucida software for neuron reconstruction, a technique to analyze the shape and size of neurons, will save a lot of time using a fully integrated system. For example, Neurolucida will automatically move the microscope stage when a researcher reconstructs a neuron that extends beyond the field of view.

“Each system is supported by MBF Bioscience and Leica Microsystems. By partnering with MBF Bioscience, we can offer life science researchers the convenience of a customized microscope configuration with leading software for neuron reconstruction or stereology,” says Ryan Hrejsa, Marketing Manager from Leica Microsystems. “We can configure microscopes for brightfield, fluorescence, or brightfield and fluorescence coupled with a wide range of cameras and stages, configured for the researcher’s needs.”

Integration with Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator is available with the Leica DM4000 B LED, Leica DM5000 B, Leica DM5500 B, and Leica DM6000 B light microscopes from Leica Microsystems.


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