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Revolutionizing Drug Discovery and Research: Hamamatsu's New FDSS-GX Kinetic Plate Imager

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Revolutionizing Drug Discovery and Research: Hamamatsu's New FDSS-GX Kinetic Plate Imager

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Hamamatsu Photonics, a global leader in opto-digital technology, has announced the release of its new high-speed kinetic plate imager, the FDSS-GX. This state-of-the-art imager is set to revolutionize the scientific research and drug discovery landscape, raising the bar in cell-based assay development, GPCR/ion channel research, and drug discovery and safety screening.

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Unrivaled Performance and Precision

The FDSS-GX stands out as the highest-performance kinetic plate imager in the FDSS series. It provides reliable and stable high-throughput screening (HTS), enhancing efficiency and accuracy in the research process. The imager is designed to capture whole microplate imaging, utilizing the superior Hamamatsu qCMOS camera for both fluorescence and luminescence detection.

One of the most outstanding features of the FDSS-GX is its built-in liquid handling system. This allows for precise dispensing of compounds to all wells simultaneously, ensuring consistency and reducing the risk of errors.

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Automated and Flexible

Further enhancing its efficiency, FDSS-GX comes with built-in plate stackers that include an automatic lid-opener/lid-closer feature, enabling effortless transfer of both assay and compound plates. This automation saves valuable time and resources in the lab, increasing productivity.

Moreover, the FDSS-GX offers flexibility to cater to different needs within the same instrument. It includes 1536, 384, and 96 ch dispensing heads, each with independent metal piston cylinders. This setup guarantees precision dispensing accuracy and repeatability, essential features in any research setting.

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Innovation Beyond the FDSS-GX

Hamamatsu Photonics continues to lead innovation in the field with more than just the FDSS-GX. The newly introduced NanoZoomer-XR, a whole-slide scanner, significantly reduces workload and slide scanning time by automatically and continuously scanning up to 320 slides, more than twice as fast as its predecessors.

The NanoZoomer-XR is capable of converting a 15mm x 15mm area on a glass slide into a 1.1-gigapixel colour image in as little as 30 seconds. This efficiency, coupled with the newly developed viewer software (NDP.view2), and IHC analysis software (NDP.analyze), makes slide analysis a breeze.

With its Dynamic Pre-Focusing technology, the NanoZoomer-XR maintains sharp focus on the entire specimen and produces clear, blur-free images. Its robust mechanics and optics ensure error-free and stable scanning, making it a reliable tool for various types of slides, including HE-stained and cytology samples.

These innovative tools from Hamamatsu Photonics are not just pushing the boundaries of scientific research and drug discovery. They are also making the process more efficient and precise, promising exciting advancements in the near future.

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