AXT and Delmic Sign Distribution Agreement for Correlative Fluorescent and CL Microscopy Products

AXT, Australia’s leading supplier of high technology scientific equipment is pleased to announce that they have signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Delmic, a Dutch company specialising in unique fluorescent/SEM (SECOM) and cathodoluminescent/SEM (SPARC) correlative microscopy technology.

The Delmic SECOM system is suited to life science applications and is an add-on system for scanning electron microscopes (SEMs). It effectively integrates a fluorescent microscope into an SEM and allows the user to simultaneously image a specimen using both systems. This yields more useful information, at a much faster rate.

One of the major benefits of the SECOM correlative microscopy technique is that the operator can overlay images from both techniques. While fluorescence microscopy is popular in the life science arena and due to its ability to reveal functional protein information, the technique lacks the ability to show structural detail. Adding SEM capabilities overcomes this limitation, while the correlative/simultaneous nature enables the researcher to look at the identical cell at the same time. SEMs also introduce the possibility of analysis using other complimentary techniques such as BSD, SE and EDX

Sander den Hoedt, CEO of Delmic explained that, “prior to SECOM, there were no off-the-shelf systems that integrated both fluorescence and scanning electron microscopes. This meant that if a researcher wanted to image their specimen using both systems to try and reveal complementary information, it was a very tedious and manual process, and trying to image the same region or cell with both techniques was laborious at best. Furthermore, with many specimens being biological, they have the propensity to change during the transition from one microscopy technique to the other. SECOM overcomes these problems, as well as eliminating the possibility of contamination and opens the door to new possibilities.”