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Cytek® Biosciences Partners With Bio-Rad To Expand Reagent Portfolios

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Delivering a boost to immuno-oncology and immunotherapy researchers, Cytek Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTKB) has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb). Under the terms of the agreement, Bio-Rad’s new StarBright™ Dyes will be available to Cytek to develop and commercialize reagent products to support high-parameter applications on Aurora and Northern Lights™ flow cytometry systems.


Bio-Rad’s StarBright Dyes have been designed to be stable with superior brightness, narrow excitation and emission characteristics for minimized spillover and improved resolution of specific cell populations, allowing researchers to build bigger, better panels.


Bio-Rad’s StarBright Dyes complement Cytek’s cFluor® family of proprietary dyes, providing a wider variety of color options for highly multiplexed panel design and application development. Cytek plans to develop and optimize single vial reagents and multicolor panels using StarBright Dyes for the more than 1,500 Cytek Full Spectrum Profiling™ (FSP™) instruments already deployed across more than 40 countries.


“Our focus has always been to provide a complete cell analysis solution to our customers, and the addition of Bio-Rad StarBright Dyes to our FSP platform is a big win for researchers conducting multiparameter experiments,” noted Wenbin Jiang, CEO of Cytek Biosciences. “Researchers will be able to expand multiparameter analysis into violet and UV channels with Cytek-optimized reagents, unleashing the full power of FSP technology to obtain better resolution and a deeper understanding of populations.”


Bio-Rad StarBright Dye conjugates can also be integrated seamlessly into Cytek immunoprofiling assays. These easy-to-use, pre-optimized panels are designed by Cytek’s scientists, freeing researchers from time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly panel design and optimization.


“Cytek has made a name for itself as a pioneer that has shifted the conventional dynamics surrounding flow cytometry, making our unique new reagents a perfect fit for their instruments,” said Hilary Latham, marketing director for Bio-Rad. “We are proud to team with Cytek to bring more high-quality reagent choices on both violet and UV channels to researchers.”