Buffalo Grove, IL, USA. Leica Microsystems and MBF Bioscience today announce 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. “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.
Visit the MBF Bioscience website for more information about Neurolucida or Stereo Investigator.
Visit the Leica Microsystems website for more information about the Leica DM4000 B LED, Leica DM5000 B, Leica DM5500 B or Leica DM6000 B.
Visit this website for more info about neuroscience package pricing in the U.S.
About Leica Microsystems
Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments. Founded as a family business in the nineteenth century, the company’s history was marked by unparalleled innovation on its way to becoming a global enterprise.
Its historically close cooperation with the scientific community is the key to Leica Microsystems’ tradition of innovation, which draws on users’ ideas and creates solutions tailored to their requirements. At the global level, Leica Microsystems is organized in three divisions, all of which are among the leaders in their respective fields: the Life Science Division, Industry Division and Medical Division.
The company is represented in over 100 countries with 6 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.
About MBF Bioscience
MBF Bioscience helps life science researchers collect accurate, reliable data from tissue specimens. Founded in 1987 by the current president, Jack Glaser, and his father, Edmund Glaser, MBF Bioscience systems are used in over 1,000 labs worldwide and have been cited in more than 8,500 research papers. MBF Bioscience received a 2013 Tibbetts award in recognition of their contributions to technological innovation and service to federal research and development.
Neurolucida is the most widely used solution for neuron reconstruction, cited 7 times more than its closest competitor, and Stereo Investigator is the most widely used solution for stereology. Neurolucida allows researchers to accurately analyze the shape, location, and distribution of neurons. Stereo Investigator gives researchers unbiased population estimates of the number of cells, volume, and area of cells or a region of interest.