The Scientist Top 10 Innovations in 2016 Includes Photometrics® Prime™ Scientific CMOS Camera

December 6, 2016

Tucson, Ariz.Photometrics, a manufacturer of high-performance scientific cameras for life sciences, announces that its Prime Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) Camera was selected for The Scientist Top 10 Innovations award. Selected by an expert panels of independent judges, the award recognizes some of the most innovative tools, software and techniques to hit the market. Prime is a 4.2 Megapixel sCMOS camera was chosen for its ability to make low-light microscopy just as data-rich as other techniques that subject samples to higher light intensities.

"Being recognized for the Prime camera with this prominent award is significant because this product was a priority for us," said Rachit Mohindra, Photometrics product manager. "We set out to create a new channel for progress by collaborating with academic partners and examining how researchers are leveraging cameras in their labs. We landed on two main concepts: maximizing the quality of acquired image data and streamlining the process and operations. Prime is proof that we succeeded."

Prime is the first sCMOS camera to go beyond imaging with its sophisticated built-in mathematical intelligence to quantitatively restore signals that are buried in photon noise. Its FPGA-based Embedded Signal Processing engine enables powerful signal restoration, significantly increasing low-light image clarity. The engine also includes feature detection for localization-based super-resolution microscopy to address data glut, a common problem when imaging at high frame rates.

For nine years running, The Scientist has sought out recently released laboratory and research products that are making waves in life science laboratories. "This year's crop of Top 10 Innovation submissions contained some great products that posed a real challenge to our panel of experts, tasked by us with singling out the best and brightest," said Editor-in-Chief Mary Beth Aberlin. "As per usual, the independent judges delivered and highlighted innovations that truly have the potential to transform the life sciences."

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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 continues to lead the industry with state-of-the-art imaging instrumentation for the scientific community. Photometrics also offers comprehensive OEM support, including fully characterized, cost-efficient imaging systems and components. Photometrics is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

About The Scientist

The Scientist is a publication for life-science professionals that is dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, and other life-science fields. The Scientist provides print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences, including trends in research, new technology, news, business, and careers. It is read by leading researchers in industry and academia who value penetrating analyses and broad perspectives on life-science topics both within and beyond their areas of expertise. Written by prominent scientists and professional journalists, articles in The Scientist are concise, accurate, accessible, and entertaining.

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