I just got back from the 2014 ASCB meeting, where I primarily talking to vendors. I thought I’d share a few of the things that caught my eye:
- Both Nikon and 3i are selling SPIM microscopes using the diSPIM system from ASI. 3i also will be selling the lattice light sheet system from Eric Betzig’s group (they have a sublicense from Zeiss).
- KeraFAST is a new company designed to distribute materials produced by research labs. They are sort of like an Addgene for reagents beyond just plasmids. For instance, they have a number of labeling reagents published by various labs.
- Mad City Labs has the RM21 microscope, which is an objective mount and stage on a rigid frame with regularly space holes for mounting optical cage systems or other components.
- TAG optics has a fast focal scanning lens using standing acoustic waves to change the refractive index of a liquid.
- Chromotek sells single chain alpaca antibodies, including anti-GFP and RFP antibodies, and ones that can be expressed in vivo to bind to cellular structures.
- Nanolive has an interesting quantitative phase tomography microscope that allows mapping of refractive index of a cell in three dimensions, potentially allowing segmentation of organelles and other cellular structures without staining.
- I heard about Gattaquant, a company selling test targets for super-resolution microscopes, from Nikon.
- The Allen Institute for Cell Science is getting started, and is hiring.