December 2, 2015

A Software for Confluency Checking CKX-CCSW

Enhanced range of products for regenerative medicine research

Cell density measured by CKX-CCSW Product suite for the cell culturing process CKX-CCSW (bottom left),  Cell Counter model R1 (top left), and CKX53 (right)

Cell density measured by CKX-CCSW

Product suite for the cell culturing process
CKX-CCSW (bottom left),
Cell Counter model R1 (top left), and CKX53 (right)


Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) announced the international launch by its Scientific Solutions Business of the CKX-CCSW Confluency checker software for biological microscopes, commencing on December 2. CKX-CCSW provides a simple way to perform cell counts and density measurements in culture vessels.

With the growth of research into iPS cells and other aspects of regenerative medicine has come a demand for the efficient high-volume culturing of cells for use in various experimental and other research activities. Cells are grown in culture vessels using a growth medium that provides nutrients. Each type of cell has an upper limit on the density to which they grow in the culture vessel. Accordingly, once cell growth has proceeded to a certain extent, some of the cells are transferred to a new culture vessel where growth can continue. To ensure that cells are cultured under consistent conditions, it is essential that these transfers ("subculture") be performed at appropriate timings.

The new CKX-CCSW provides a simple way to perform cell counts and density measurements. This can be used to monitor the cells in the culture vessel and determine the best time to perform a transfer. Use of the CKX-CCSW together with the CKX53 culture microscope and Cell Counter model R1 automatic cell counter provides a solution previously unavailable in the field of regenerative medicine research that both reduces workloads and achieves more reliable quality in the cell culturing process.

Launch Overview

Product Name Launch Date
CKX-CCSW Confluency Checker December 2, 2015

Main Features

1. Quick and simple measurement for faster procedures and more reliable quality

To determine the best time to perform a transfer during cell culturing process, it is necessary to monitor cell growth. The CKX-CCSW provides an easy way to perform cell counts and density measurements in the culture vessel. The periodic collection of quantitative data also facilitates quality control of the cell culturing process. It helps shorten the time taken to record information about the cell culture prior to a transfer, for example, and contributes to more reliable quality.

2. Contributes to progress in regenerative medicine research by providing a variety of solutions for cell culturing process

Used with the CKX53 culture microscope, the CKX-CCSW can monitor cell condition and determine the best time to perform a transfer, and used with the Cell Counter model R1 automatic cell counter, it can perform density calculations and accurately calculate the number of cells involved in a transfer. By reducing workloads and achieving more reliable quality throughout the cell culturing process, these three products will make a contribution to research in the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine.

Olympus's Scientific Solutions Business
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