Microscopy Today, a journal that covers all microscopic techniques, has presented the 2010 Innovation Award to Nanonics for its Hydra MultiProbe BioScanned Microscope.
The Journal’s MT-10 Awards are given to the best new devices and methods in the microscopy field. Totally 10 awards are presented every year–five awards are related to physical sciences and the other five are related to life sciences. The winners of the MT-10 Awards were felicitated at the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2010 meet in Oregon.
The Hydra microscope features a signature open design that can be combined with any inverted or upright microscope, including various non-linear optical protocols, and 4pi configurations. The microscope has a tuning fork feedback mechanism that offers UltraSensitive Liquid Cell function for novel sensitivities in AC force spectroscopy. It also incorporates a NanoToolKit containing glass-based probes, such as nanopipette probes and AFM probes, for use in structurally related patch clamp.
The microscope is suitable for all optical microscopy modes that include standard fluorescence methods, such as DIC, FRET, TIRF, and confocal. It also has the ability to provide latest chemical imaging, such as AFM and NSOM Raman combinations with Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering.