Next-generation cryo sample prep tool offers automation and ease of use
July 12, 2007 — /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — HILLSBORO, OR — FEI has introduced the next generation of its popular Vitrobot(TM) cryo sample preparation tool, the Vitrobot Mark IV. The Mark IV is an easy-to-use system that features a newly designed touchscreen user interface operated under a Linux operating system and robotics that ensures high-quality, reproducible freezing of samples. Automated transfer from the vitrification medium into the liquid nitrogen atmosphere offers more consistent and higher yield sample throughput.
Three-dimensional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) visualization of macromolecular structures and molecular machines in their native hydrated state has become a critical tool for structural biologists focusing on interactive biological and biochemical processes at the macromolecular level. The Vitrobot is a high-throughput tool designed to enable the physical fixation of biological structures within ultra-thin vitrified ice layers so samples can withstand the high voltages used in TEMs long enough to acquire the necessary image.
Beyond biological applications, the Vitrobot Mark IV can also be used for pharmaceutical, food, and a variety of general industrial applications where colloidal structures need to be characterized and analyzed.
FEI will feature the Vitrobot Mark IV at the 26th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, July 15-17, 2007 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, and at the Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting August 6-9, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (Booth 414). More about the Vitrobot can be discovered at http://www.fei.com/vitrobot.
FEI is a global leader in providing innovative instruments for nanoscale imaging, analysis, and prototyping. FEI focuses on delivering solutions that provide groundbreaking results and accelerate research, development, and manufacturing cycles for its customers in semiconductor and data storage, academic and industrial R&D, and life sciences markets. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI’s Tools for Nanotech(TM) are bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of leading researchers and manufacturers. More information can be found online at http://www.fei.com/.
Dan Zenka, APR, Global Public Relations of the FEI Company