In July 2016 Cytosurge and the ETH Zurich developed a method for single cell analysis based on FluidFM technolgy. Thanks to the method, scientists are now able to investigate the behaviour of individual cells within their natural environment without changing their cellular content. FluidFM technology can be used in several applications. Based on this technology, Cytosurge offers the following products: FluidFM BOT, FluidFM for AFM, FluidFM µ3Dprinter and FluidFM Probes.Several partners integrated these products in their offerings:
Lab Automation Network
As their recent partner, Cytosurge AG welcomed the Lab Automation Network (LAN), an alliance of technologically leading solution providers in the field of laboratory automation. In a conjunction with both LAN’s upstream and downstream partners, the FluidFM BOT will be part of a state-of the-art, fully automated, pharmaceutical drug and cell line development solution. The FluidFM BOT is used for the injection of drug candidates and nucleic acids into single mammalian cells. "This partnership opens up completely new possibilities to speed up workflows in pharmaceutical drug development and cell line development" says Martin Winter, Managing Director of Lab Automation Network.
Headquartered in Berlin Germany, JPK Instruments is a world-leading manufacturer of nanoanalytic instrumentation - particularly atomic force microscope (AFM) systems and optical tweezers - for a broad range of applications reaching from soft matter physics to nano-optics, from surface chemistry to cell and molecular biology.
The partnership with Cytosurge allows JPK users of NanoWizard, CellHesion and ForceRobot systems to add FluidFM technology for applications requiring the precise control of liquids at the femtoliter scale. Being able to isolate, manipulate and image single & multiple cells in their natural environments is vital to researchers in many fields, notably those involved in drug discovery, early stage diagnosis and cellular force interactions making the addition of FluidFM to the world of AFM imaging and force spectroscopy an ideal pairing.
Cytosurge and Nanosurf have a long-standing and successful history together in establishing FluidFM system solutions. This has resulted in over 40 publications generated by more than 30 systems in top universities around the globe. The two companies are have transformed their partnership into a Premium Partnership delivering new, future-oriented and customer-driven FluidFM AFM solutions. This includes enhanced software, advanced hardware and nanopipette improvements providing the best possible FluidFM experience to end-users with a Nanosurf AFM.
FluidFM Premium Partners go a step further by fully integrating FluidFM into their AFM software leading to highest ease of use and throughput, while at the same time enabling advanced experiments such as nanolithographic printing of liquids in complex patterns. Nanosurf has integrated FluidFM into their Nanosurf FlexAFM – the result is the Nanosurf Flex-FPM which allows a whole range of exciting applications in single-cell biology and nanoscience.