Frequently Asked Questions

What are Contract Research Services?

Contract Lab Services are essentially “laboratories for hire” that are equipped to provide extended lab and research capacity. These labs offer a range of services — including access to additional equipment, space, and experienced staff. More broadly known as Contract Research Organizations (CRO), contract lab services are becoming an increasingly important resource to researchers in R&D at small and large organizations alike.

Who typically uses Contract Research Services?

Contract Research Services customers vary widely, but this service is becoming increasingly popular within the Biotech, Pharma and Academic Research communities. Contract Research Service providers offer an especially attractive value to labs seeking additional capacity, on a temporary or long-term basis. These services also apply to biotech startups, which need access to data provided by critical research instrumentation but don’t have capital to spend on expensive lab instrumentation and the expert staff to use and maintain it. Contract Research Service providers also offer access to cutting-edge equipment — which is often very expensive and difficult to keep up to date.

What is the Nikon BioImaging Lab?

The Nikon BioImaging Lab provides contract research services for microscope-based imaging and analysis. The Lab offers full-service microscopy, assay development, sample preparation, data acquisition and analysis services. Our expert staff have decades of experience in biology, microscopy, and assay design. The Nikon BioImaging Lab uses the latest in cutting-edge imaging and data-analysis tools from Nikon, all backed by a company with more than 100 years of experience in providing cutting edge tools to the life sciences community.

What services does the Nikon BioImaging Lab provide?

The lab provides full-service imaging, data analysis, assay development, and cell cultures using Nikon microscope systems and software solutions. The staff includes biologists and microscopists that provide support in imaging, data acquisition and analysis. The level of service and involvement of the Contract Lab is determined individually for each client based on need. Some need only access to equipment and are capable of data acquisition/analysis on their own, while others may require full-service imaging and analysis support. Or any level in between.

Additional applications include high content imaging and analysis; 3D imaging; fluorescence imaging; high resolution imaging; color imaging; label-free imaging; cell screening and high throughput imaging, among others.

What differentiates Nikon from other providers?

Nikon has been a technological market leader in scientific imaging for more than 100 years. Today, the company is a leader in Biomedical imaging and has some of the most advanced imaging technology available in the world. The Nikon BioImaging Lab uses its years of optical innovation and cutting-edge product offerings to help scientists accelerate clinical and diagnostic breakthroughs. Although the right Contract Lab is determined by the specific needs of the individuals or organizations, if the need is imaging, microscopy, or assay based, the Nikon BioImaging Lab is an excellent fit.

How does the Nikon BioImaging Lab ensure the security of sensitive research information?

The Nikon BioImaging Lab has a comprehensive data security strategy in place that uses several layers of protection to ensure the security of customers’ information. This includes hardware, network, application, and personnel security measures. Nikon employs industry standard best practices to ensure the integrity and security of the data we provide.

What is Organ-on-a-chip (OoC) imaging?

Organ-on-chips mimic the complex, three-dimensional structures and functions of living organs in vitro, providing reproducible assay environments for drug testing and the study of health and disease states specific to various organ systems. Imaging these simulated micro-organs typically requires high speed and imaging depth as well as analysis techniques to quantify this three-dimensional data. Nikon provides a complete acquisition and analysis solution for Organ-on-a-Chip Imaging.

How can I send my samples to you, including live cells?

Both fixed and live cells can be transported to the NBIL. For precious live-cell transport, we make use of CellBox GmbH’s services., ensuring that we can safely transport any number of plates when the need arises.

How do I set up an initial consultation?

Interested in working with us? Need clarification? Reach out, we are more than happy to discuss what the Nikon BioImaging Lab can do for you.