Photometrics and Quorum Technologies Announce a New Partnership in Spinning Disk Confocal Microscopy

February 16, 2018

Tucson, Ariz. — US-based scientific camera designer and manufacturer Photometrics and Canadian owned scientific instrument developer Quorum Technologies have created a partnership to promote the Prime 95B™ Scientific CMOS camera and the Volocity high-performance imaging suite for spinning disk confocal microscopy. The powerful, fully integrated acquisition and analysis program, Volocity, combined with the world’s first back-illuminated scientific CMOS camera, the Prime 95B, provides the perfect solution for spinning disk confocal imaging.

Volocity is an innovative, high performance 3D imaging software product designed specifically for life science research. It allows the user to visualize, explore and analyze multi-channel 3D volumes over time, providing information that is difficult to obtain in any other way. It’s a complete imaging package that consists of four unique, totally integrated products that provide a suite of tools for 2D, 3D and 4D imaging. The release of Volocity RestorationMV module, which integrates the Microvolution high speed deconvolution platform, is anticipated in the coming weeks. These tools are coordinated through Volocity’s unique Library format, which acts as a user-friendly image database for raw and quantified images. The user-friendly interface makes the powerful set of imaging tools in Volocity simple to find and use, upholding its strong focus on a clear graphical user interface and ease of use.

Working together with the Photometrics Prime 95B, spinning disk confocal images can now be obtained with a 95% quantum efficiency and the high speed of CMOS architecture. The high sensitivity of the Prime 95B allows exposure times to be reduced by up to four times compared to conventional sCMOS devices, maximizing the signal-to-noise ratio while minimizing cellular photodamage. The large, 11x11 µm pixels provide additional sensitivity and have a large 80,000 e- full well capacity with a low 1.6 e- read noise, giving the Prime 95B a very high dynamic range, ideal for performing high contrast imaging. Larger pixels also fit perfectly with high magnification objectives, achieving Nyquist sampling without the need for any additional optics with 100x magnification typically used in spinning disk confocal microscopy.

Volocity and the Prime 95B can be used with almost any spinning disk confocal microscope so is a perfect solution for anyone interested in improving the quality of their confocal imaging.

About Photometrics

Founded in 1978, Photometrics designs and manufactures high-performance CMOS, EMCCD and CCD cameras for life sciences. The original architect of the world’s first scientific-grade microscopy EMCCD camera, Photometrics maintains its leadership role with the release of Prime, the first sCMOS camera with built-in computational intelligence for image restoration and Prime 95B, the first Scientific CMOS camera with 95% quantum efficiency. Photometrics also offers comprehensive OEM support, including fully characterized, cost-efficient imaging systems and components. Photometrics is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

About Quorum Technologies

Quorum Technologies Inc. is a private, Canadian owned enterprise located in Guelph, Ontario. The company develops and integrates scientific instruments and is the leading provider of technologies to support Live Cell Imaging, Telepathology and the Life Sciences community with over 100 of these installations across the country. Quorum dedicates over 30 years of experience integrating microscope components to meet the goals of the scientific community and holds over half a dozen patents with several others in process. Through a variety of technology transfer relationships with Canadian universities, Quorum is helping to bring new innovative technologies to market for use in preclinical research, drug development and personalized medicine.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Dan Croucher
Applications and Marketing Communications Team Manager
+44.7887.456543 office

Quorum Technologies:
Seonaid Munro
VP Sales & Marketing
Quorum Technologies
+1.519.824.0854 office