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

New Nikon Imaging Center Opens At UCSF

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MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon Instruments, UCSF and the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3) announced today the opening of a collaborative core microscopy imaging center to promote education and innovation in microscopy imaging.

The new UCSF Nikon Imaging Center is equipped with the latest technology for light microscopy imaging systems. Such a large collection of high-end microscopy technology is rarely available in a single location. The Center will accelerate bioresearch and discovery, from imaging individual molecules to whole organisms. The instruments will aid such studies as brain and heart development, cell movement, chromosome structure and fat accumulation in animal models.

Nikon Instruments, Inc., Melville, NY, is a leader in the development of advanced optical microscopy and digital imaging technology. In collaboration with UCSF and QB3 scientists, Nikon and its dealer, Technical Instruments, Inc. have installed a suite of instruments for live cell imaging, and a platform for UCSF and QB3 scientists to develop new microscopy technologies, software, analytic techniques and imaging methods.

Nikon has opened five imaging centers around the world, and the Nikon Imaging Center at UCSF is the second to open in the U.S. It is housed in the Center for Advanced Technology on UCSF's Mission Bay campus. Nikon expects innovative research employing their instruments and systems will enhance and expand their applications, while UCSF and QB3 faculty scientists, post docs and graduate students gain the benefit of sophisticated new tools for biomedical research.

"Nikon, UCSF and QB3 have joined forces to create an advanced microscopy and imaging research laboratory that will provide the research community access to the very latest, cutting edge microscopy imaging tools that are enabling a revolution in biomedical research and discovery," said Lee C.Shuett, executive vice president of Nikon Instruments Inc. "Nikon's imaging technology will help hundreds of brilliant young scientists make critically significant bioscience breakthroughs in the years ahead."

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