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

Cascade Microtech Gives Microfluidic Researchers Ability to Perform Live Cell Measurements With New Platform

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BEAVERTON, Ore., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Live cell measurements will be easier and faster with the new M150 Measurement Platform from Cascade Microtech (Nasdaq: CSCD) and a new thermal microfluidic chip holder for life sciences applications. Cellular medicine and physiology researchers can now couple Cascade Microtech's revolutionary L-Series Microfluidic Microport(TM) interfaces with a new thermal microfluidic chip holder and the M150 Measurement Platform to provide sustained experimentation and test livecells.

Scientists and researchers will also have the flexibility to use highpower compound microscopes with the M150 Measurement Platform and L-Series Microfluidic Microports in combination. The M150 Measurement Platform's ability to mount high-powered objective lenses allows researchers to resolve smaller cells, lipids and other objects in the microfluidic channel. Compound microscopes have superior light-gathering capability that enables decreased use of dyes and other materials used for tagging that are immaterial to the experiment. Researchers seek to reduce these unwanted materials as much as possible in the assay to preserve the credibility of the experiment results. This unprecedented combination of a flexible measurement platform with the Cascade Microtech Microfluidic Microports makes ease of testing and faster, better results a reality.

Cascade Microtech's L-Series is adding a new thermal microfluidic chip holder to its product line that provides sustained experimentation in a thermally controlled environment that accurately maintains assay temperatures from minus 10 degrees C to 100 degrees C. The thermal microfluidic chip holder enables scientists to get more recordings on a single set-up, improving productivity significantly. In addition, researchers can take advantage of theL-Series' superior fluid dispensing and voltage application to get the true precision metrology that only the L-Series Microfluidic Microport interfaces can offer.

About the M150 Measurement Platform

Unlike any other precision measurement platform available, the M150's uniqueness lies in its unmatched flexibility. This means that the sameplatform that is used by an electrical engineer to miniaturize a semiconductorchip for a cell phone can also be used by an analytical chemist to test acardiac heart monitor's fluidic microchannels. The platform's novel approach to configurability allows a researcher to customize the test system with interchangeable device holders and optics hardware. In addition, theresearcher gains the flexibility to start at an affordable entry price point and easily upgrade or interchange the modules on the platform to increase performance or diversify the applications supported.

Cascade Microtech's L-Series microfluidic systems will now utilize the configurability of the M150 Measurement Platform as the new platform of choicefor the company's microfluidics metrology products. The new L150-Mmicrofluidics measurement platform will increase functionality for researchers and scientists working with pressure pumping, electroosmotic flow and electrophoresis experiments.

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