Nikon Instruments Inc. Opens Advanced Microscopy Center in San Francisco Bay Area

Feb 9, 2022

The new demonstration center makes Nikon's latest technologies broadly accessible to the scientific community in the Bay area

The Nikon Advanced Microscopy Center plaque featuring an image of a juvenile zebrafish captured by Daniel Castranova, Dr. Brant M. Weinstein and Bakary Samasa.

Nikon Instruments Inc. today announced the opening of the Nikon Advanced Microscopy Center in the San Francisco Bay Area of Belmont, California. The Center features the latest Nikon Instruments product technologies and expands access to organizations in the West Coast region to test and evaluate these systems.

This Center provides on-site demonstration capabilities for Nikon's cutting-edge imaging systems, including technologies such as: large field of view confocal imaging with photomanipulation, high speed total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) imaging, NIS-Elements software with artificial intelligence (AI)-driven acquisition and analysis, and high-content screening. Well-versed in advanced imaging techniques and sample preparation, Nikon's experienced staff can address a diverse range of imaging needs. The Center is well equipped to accommodate both in-person visits and virtual sessions with San Francisco researchers and the broader Western region with easy access from SFO airport. Teams can remotely test equipment with the help of Nikon specialists while viewing sample data and analysis results in real time.

"We're excited to provide a convenient way to showcase Nikon's state-of-the-art microscopy equipment in the San Francisco Bay Area," said Vincent Haile, Senior National Sales Manager for U.S. & Canada at Nikon Instruments Inc. "The Center is yet another tool to showcase Nikon's world-class support and technical expertise for the imaging and analysis needs of our research customers."

The Center will also showcase new and upcoming instruments before they are available to the public and larger scientific community. Current imaging solutions hosted in the Center include:

  • Nikon's new AX R spectral confocal system, leveraging a large 25 mm imaging field of view, high resolution galvo scanning (up to 8K x 8K), and high speed resonant scanning (up to 2K x 2K) for increased sample throughput and data quality. AI-powered software tools and tunable spectral detection ensure unparalleled ease-of-use, helping users optimize confocal imaging settings for diverse sample preparations with the click of a button. High speed photomanipulation capabilities open up endless possibilities for region-specific FRAP, photoconversion, photoactivation, uncaging, and stimulation experiments.
  • The CrestOptics X-Light V3 spinning disk confocal system, offering a large 25 mm imaging field of view and dual camera support for fast and gentle multiplexed imaging of both live and fixed samples. Users benefit from fitting larger samples in a single imaging field at higher magnification, increased data per frame, and reduced imaging time for sensitive samples.
  • The Gataca Systems iLas2 ring TIRF, offering high speed multichannel azimuthal/ring TIRF imaging with unmatched uniformity. Built on the industry-leading Ti2-E inverted research microscope platform with Nikon's Perfect Focus System (PFS) 4 for ultimate focus stability, iLas2 offers flexible point/arc/ring TIRF illumination, simultaneous TIRF and photomanipulation, and the highest TIRF data quality.

Additional imaging platforms and modalities are available on request, including but not limited to: spinning disk confocal (CSU-X1/W1/W1 SoRa), SIM, STED, STORM super resolution, fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM), light-sheet imaging, and more.