Visit Us at Experimental Biology 2013 in Boston

BC_ss2Experimental Biology 2013 will take place on April 20-24 in Boston as scheduled and MBF will be in attendance. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the recent tragedy in Boston.

Visit us at booth #968 and learn about the benefits of using Biolucida Cloud for medical education. Biolucida Cloud is software that simulates the experience of using a light microscope when used in conjunction with virtual slides. It contains effective learning management tools that allow educators to share virtual slides with students for in-class lectures, online courses, course work, and tests.

To learn more about using virtual slides in medical courses, we invite you to attend “Histology Teaching: Past, Present And Future” (April 22, 2:30pm, room 104AB). This symposium features a talk by Drs. Robert Ogilvie and Roger Sawyer. They will discuss their experiences teaching a popular online histology course at the University of South Carolina.

Biolucida Cloud is also a powerful tool for research. Drs. Gaillard, Karten, and Sauvé recently published a paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology that includes access to their entire data set in the form of virtual slides. Anyone who is interested can view the virtual slides with the free Biolucida viewer.

Jack Glaser, President of MBF Bioscience, and Nathan O’Connor, Product Manager, will be at our booth to answer your questions and provide demos for Neurolucida, Stereo InvestigatorWormLab, and more. We look forward to seeing you there.


{Gaillard, F., Karten, H. J., & Sauvé, Y. (2013). Retinorecipient areas in the diurnal murine rodent Arvicanthis niloticus: A disproportionally large superior colliculus. Journal of Comparative Neurology. DOI: 10.1002/cne.23303}



Bringing Virtual Slides to the Medical Education Classroom with Biolucida Cloud 2.0

BC_liverMicroscopes and glass slides are on their way to becoming obsolete in medical and science courses. MBF Bioscience just unveiled Biolucida Cloud 2.0, software that simulates the experience of using a light microscope, complete with the ability to focus through specimens. This software enables educators to integrate virtual slides — high-resolution digital images of specimens mounted on glass slides — into their course materials and tests.

Thanks to Biolucida Cloud 2.0, educators and students are no longer bound to the traditional classroom and lab, and the limitations of glass slides are a thing of the past.

According to Nate O’Connor, Product Manager, “educators can be sure that every student sees the same images, and they can give all students experience with rare cases without putting delicate glass slides at risk.”  Students can access tissue specimens from home or the library and “it’s much easier to collaborate with study groups using a computer monitor instead of taking turns looking through oculars,” adds O’Connor.

Biolucida Cloud’s architecture is specially designed to allow many users to simultaneously access big images (with file size reaching hundreds of gigabytes) and navigate through them quickly and smoothly. Moreover, it also allows educators to use any 2D or 3D virtual slide, whether it was acquired with a slide scanner or imaging software.

Visit our website for more information, or register for our free Biolucida webinar on April 10, 2013.

April Webinar: Using Biolucida Cloud for Creating & Utilizing Educational Material for Medicine & Science

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On April 10 (12-1pm EDT), discover the educational benefits of using virtual slides for teaching histology and pathology with Professor Robert Ogilvie and Dr. Nathan O’Connor. The presenters will create educational course materials and simulate teaching during the webinar so that attendees can experience Biolucida from both the educator’s and the student’s standpoints.

Through a practical demonstration of Biolucida Cloud, attendees will learn how to organize virtual tissue and whole slide imagery into presentations ideal for educational purposes. The demonstration will include slide organization, visualization, annotation, and integration with third-party teaching solutions such as Blackboard. You will also view presentations from a student account, to see Biolucida from the student’s perspective.

Robert W. Ogilvie is Professor Emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) and Visiting Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

Nathan O’Connor is Product Manager at MBF Bioscience.

Biolucida Cloud is a new tool for educators and researchers that performs efficient storage, organization, viewing, annotation, and presentation of 2D and 3D virtual slides and their supplemental imagery (e.g., confocal images) over the internet or a LAN. Biolucida can be integrated into existing IT infrastructure, exist on a stand-alone server, or truly reside in a Cloud resource provided by MBF Bioscience.

Visit our website to register for our free webinar “Using Biolucida Cloud for creating & utilizing educational material for medicine and science” which will take place Wednesday, April 10 at 12 noon (US EDT).

Several Distinguished Academic Guests Visit MBF Bioscience

From left to right: Robert Ogilvie, Christoph Schmitz, Nathan O’Connor, Jack Glaser, and Joseph Makurkiewicz.

We were delighted to host three visitors this week: Dr. Robert Ogilvie from the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Joseph Makurkiewicz from the Center for Neuropharmacology & Neuroscience at the Albany Medical College, and Prof. Christoph Schmitz from the Neuroanatomy Department at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Germany).

Dr. Makurkiewicz and Dr. Ogilvie were meeting with Jack Glaser, President of MBF, and Nathan O’Connor, Product Manager, to learn more about Biolucida Cloud.


Biolucida® Cloud Webinar Recording Now Available

Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s webinar on Biolucida Cloud. If you didn’t have a chance to watch the live demonstration last Wednesday, or you’d like to view it again,  watch the entire hour-long recording on our website. We’ve also posted the extended Q&A session where you can get answers to all the questions we didn’t have a chance to get to during the webinar.

We’re thrilled to offer our customers this new software for scientific image management. Biolucida Cloud is the most efficient way to store, organize, view, and share virtual slides and image stacks with colleagues across the lab or on the other side of the world.

Watch the webinar Introduction to Biolucida Cloud.

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Meet the Team: Jeff Blaisdell, Senior Software Engineer

Name: Jeff Blaisdell

Position: Senior Software Engineer

How long have you been working at MBF Bioscience? 3 years

What do you do? As a developer, I get to spend most days either writing or designing code. I’ve been lucky enough to work on most of our software products, so there’s never a dull day. On a typical day I may find myself working on software, attending a quick meeting, or working directly with a customer. As project leader for Biolucida® Cloud, I’ve had the honor of working with an amazing group of developers. We’re all extremely excited for the upcoming release, and cannot wait to get Biolucida into the hands of our customers!

What do you love about your job? There hasn’t been a day yet for me here at MBF that hasn’t flown by—most days end with me wishing I had a few more minutes. The MBF team is wonderful—developers, support, operations—all are some of the best coworkers you could ask for. From a development point of view, the work we get to do at MBF is both challenging and fun. Much of the work I’ve done in the last year has focused on cross-platform development, so on any given day I get to develop on Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. Each has their own strengths and I really enjoy getting to work on all of them.

How do you spend your free time? I love biking, both mountain and road, so if I have free time that’s likely what I’m doing. I’ve spent many past winter seasons telemarking at Smuggler’s Notch and hope to get out more this year. Most nights I find myself on a computer, either finishing up something I didn’t get to earlier in the day, or working on personal projects. I’ve been dabbling in Clojure, a dialect of the Lisp programming language, for the last year or so, and it’s been a real pleasure.

What was the last vacation you took? We were just at Little Sebago Lake in Maine for a week, at the cottage I spent most of my childhood. Getting to share those memories with my own kids was terrific.

Jeff leads a webinar on Biolucida Cloud Wednesday, July 27, with Staff Scientist Jose Maldonado. Register now!

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Upcoming Webinar: Introduction to Biolucida Cloud

Register now for our upcoming webinar “Introduction to Biolucida Cloud,” a practical demonstration of our new software for viewing images from sources ranging from virtual slides to confocal stacks.

On Wednesday, July 27, at 12pm ET, Dr. Jose Maldonado and Jeff Blaisdell will introduce a new scientific image-management solution—MBF Bioscience Biolucida Cloud. This powerful new software lets you store, organize, and view 2D and 3D images over the internet or local networks. A Biolucida Cloud can be set up in for a single lab, a core facility, or for an entire institution. We’ll demonstrate several benefits of this software, including the ability to share 3D virtual slides—digital reconstructions of entire specimen that you can focus through. Off-site colleagues can quickly view and analyze virtual slides, eliminating the need to mail physical slides. You can even view 3D confocal image stacks at any focal plane. Biolucida integrates seamlessly with Neurolucida, Stereo Investigator, and Microlucida allowing users to quantitatively analyze images in the cloud directly from any workstation with MBF analysis software.

In this webinar, you will learn how to view and manage image collections with Biolucida to improve access, organization, and collaboration. We’ll show you how to tag and search images, edit image descriptions and notes, and share images with colleagues. We will also demonstrate how to effectively navigate large multichannel images, create region-of-interest bookmarks, and perform image adjustments.

Watch our video demonstration now, and click here to register for the webinar.