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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Nikon Unveils New Imaging Center For Life Science Research

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MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon Instruments, a leader in thedevelopment of advanced optical technology, the California Institute forQuantitative Biomedical Research (QB3), and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) have joined forces to create a collaborative corefacility designed to promote education and innovation in microscopy imaging.

The new imaging center is endowed by Nikon Instruments Inc., Melville, NYand its dealer, Technical Instruments, Inc., with the latest in advanced Nikonmicroscopy and imaging equipment. To be housed in the UCSF Mission Bay CampusCenter for Advanced Technology in Genentech Hall, the Nikon Imaging Center(NIC) will provide a platform for the development of new microscopytechnologies, software, analytic techniques, and imaging methods. The NIC willbe equipped with the most advanced light microscopy systems capable ofdelivering breakthrough scientific discoveries from individual molecules towhole organisms.

"Nikon's advanced microscopy and imaging resources provide the key tounlock a revolution in biomedical research discovery," said Lee C. Shuett,executive vice president of Nikon Instruments Inc. "Nikon's imaging technologywill help develop the skills of hundreds of brilliant young scientists whowill make critically significant bioscience breakthroughs in the years ahead."

The facility will feature specialty Nikon microscopes, including threedifferent kinds of laser-based confocal microscopes, Total Internal ReflectionFluorescence, and systems capable of high-content screening. The facility alsooffers imaging workstations featuring state-of-the-art live cell biomedicalresearch microscopes, spectral imaging, and physiology imaging workstations,all provisioned with Nikon's advanced quantitative microscopy software andtechnical support. It will be open to the University's department faculty andstaff and to collaborative researchers.

"The Nikon Imaging Center will contribute immensely to the progress ofbiomedical science," said Douglas Crawford , associate director of QB3, "Nikonand QB3 share a vision to drive innovation in experimental design and inmicroscopy. This collaboration reflects our mission to expand the frontier ofknowledge."

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