September 1, 2015

Cell Counter model R1

For Accurate Cell Counting and Efficient Culturing

Cell Counter model R1 Special-purpose slide inserted into the slot on the front of the cell counter

Cell Counter model R1

Special-purpose slide inserted into the slot on the front of the cell counter


Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) today announced the launch by its Scientific Solutions Business of the Cell Counter model R1, an automated cell counter for research applications that utilize cultured cells, including regenerative medicine and drug development research. Cell Counter model R1 will be launched progressively throughout the world from September 14, 2015.

The Cell Counter model R1 is a new product from Olympus's Scientific Solutions Business for use in cell culturing in the research field. By placing a droplet of cell sample on a special slide and inserting the slide into the machine, the Cell Counter model R1 can obtain not only a cell count but also other measurements such as cell size and the proportion of live and dead cells.

Various types of cell, including iPS and other stem cells, are grown in continuous cultures and harvested for use in a variety of research applications in regenerative medicine and drug development. Cells are grown in a culture vessel by the ongoing addition of a culture medium that provides nutrients. As cell are grown, cell counts are performed to determine whether it reaches sufficient concentration, and the culturing process is repeated by creating a subculture containing a viable concentration of cells with keeping same cell concentration. Use of the Cell Counter Model R1 enables these cell culturing steps to be performed efficiently and enhances the accuracy of experiments using the cultured cells.

Launch Overview

Product Name: Cell Counter Model R1
Launch Date: September 14, 2015

Main Features

  1. Cell Counter model R1 supports efficient cell culturing by accurate cell counting close to that of visual counting
  2. Analysis results can be viewed and stored easily via the large touch screen and reporting function
  3. User-friendly design provides excellent portability and ease-of-operation

Details of Main Features

1. Cell Counter model R1 supports efficient cell culturing by accurate cell counting close to that of visual counting

Cell count results screen

Cell count results screen

The unique software algorithm and liquid lens autofocusing*1 achieve accurate counts by recognizing and counting overlapping cells. The system can also classify cells by size and shape and determine the proportion of live and dead cells. The ability to store up to 300 sets of count settings provides simple operation whereby the user simply selects the appropriate settings for the type of cells being counted.

Focusing the liquid lens

Focusing the liquid lens

*1 A lens formed by two different fluids, water (aqueous solution) and oil, in a container fitted with an electrode. Autofocusing is performed by applying a voltage to the electrode that varies the curvature of the oil-water boundary, and thereby the amount of bending of the light. The lack of a motor or any other mechanical components makes the system very durable.

2. Analysis results can be viewed and stored easily via the large touch screen and reporting function

The cell count settings, recorded images, and various measurements, including cell count, proportion of live and dead cells, and cell size, can be viewed on the large 7-inch touch screen. The results can also be saved as a report file in PDF format and copied to other devices via a USB port.

3. User-friendly design provides excellent portability and ease-of-operation

The small and lightweight design (approximately 2.1kg) of the cell counter, which includes a carry handle, means it is easy to carry around and can be used anywhere. Furthermore, the power adapter and cable can be put away in a storage space on the rear of the instrument. Also, the touch panel is located on the lower part of the cell counter for ease of use and stability.

Cell Counter model R1 Main Specifications

Cell counting time*2 Less than 10 s (manual focusing)
Less than 15 s (auto focusing)
Cell concentration range 5 x 104 - 1 x 107 cells/mL
Cell diameter range 3 - 60μm (Optimal: 8 - 30μm)
Output information*3 Total cell concentration and number, Live / Dead cell concentration and number, Viability, Average cell size
Image resolution 5 Mpixels, Color
Report format PDF
Display 7-inch LCD touch screen
USB port 3 ports
Dimensions (W x D x H) 195 mm x 237 mm x 272 mm
Weight 2.1kg (without the external power adapter)
Input power AC 100-240V 50/60Hz 1.2A
*2 Cell counting at less than 1 x 106 cells/ml concentration of HeLa or HL-60 cells.
*3 Live / Dead cell concentration, number and cell viability can be available with trypan blue mode.

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