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Arryx Launches HOTkit(TM) Complete for Dynamic, Scientific Manipulation of Microscopic Elements
Date:2/4/2008

CHICAGO and LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Arryx, Inc. announced the addition of the HOTkit Complete Holo-Tweezers Solution to its proprietary Holographic Optical Trapping ("HOT") product line. The HOTkit Complete allows scientists to move beyond passive observation of microscopic events, and now, through the power of light, become active participants in events they wish to study.

The HOTkit Complete was unveiled February 4 at the Joint Meeting of the Biophysical Society and the International Biophysics Congress in Long Beach, CA.

"Incorporating Holo-Tweezers into biomedical imaging is a very exciting development," said Gary Stacey, Vice President of Technology at Haemonetics. "The 'tractor beams' of science fiction are now a research reality."

Many biological researchers desire techniques like cell arraying and targeted transfection. In cell arraying multiple cells are patterned on a coverslip for cell signaling experiments with Holo-Tweezers. In targeted transfection Holo-Tweezers are used to simultaneously photoporate cells and create locally high concentrations of DNA, increasing the efficiency of expression in the specifically chosen cells. The HOTkit Complete was developed specifically to meet these scientific needs.

"Many scientists wish to incorporate HOT into their existing research equipment. The HOTkit Complete allows scientists to add the functionality of Holo-Tweezers into their established, sophisticated imaging systems," explained Ken Bradley, Vice President of Arryx.

HOT technology is based on optical trapping which works by using light to create microscopic "tweezers" that can manipulate particles in the microscopic field of view. What makes Arryx' Holo-Tweezers exceptional is that instead of being limited to a stationary or single beam, the power of holography allows the user to create hundreds of traps to grab and move multiple cells and particles in three dimensions with point and click mouse
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