HILLSBORO, Ore., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI (Nasdaq: FEIC)
has introduced the next generation of its popular Vitrobot(TM) cryo sample
preparation tool, the Vitrobot Mark IV. The Mark IV is an easy-to-use
system that features a newly-designed touchscreen user interface operated
under a Linux operating system and robotics that ensures high-quality,
reproducible freezing of samples. Automated transfer from the vitrification
medium into the liquid nitrogen atmosphere offers more consistent and
higher yield sample throughput.
Three-dimensional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) visualization
of macromolecular structures and molecular machines in their native
hydrated state has become a critical tool for structural biologists
focusing on interactive biological and biochemical processes at the
macromolecular level. The Vitrobot is a high-throughput tool designed to
enable the physical fixation of biological structures within ultra-thin
vitrified ice layers so samples can withstand the high voltages used in
TEMs long enough to acquire the necessary image.
Beyond biological applications, the Vitrobot Mark IV can also be used
for pharmaceutical, food and a variety of general industrial applications
where colloidal structures need to be characterized and analyzed.
FEI will feature the Vitrobot Mark IV at the 26th Annual Meeting of the
American Society for Virology, July 15-17, 2007 at Oregon State University
in Corvallis, Ore. and at the Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting August
6-9, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Booth 414). More about the Vitrobot can
be discovered at http://www.fei.com/vitrobot.
FEI (Nasdaq: FEIC) is a global leader in providing innovative
instruments for nanoscale imaging, analysis and prototyping. FEI focuses on
delivering solutions that provide groundbreaking results and accelerate
research, development and manufacturing cycles for its customers in
Semiconductor and Data Storage, Academic and Industrial R&D, and Life
Sciences markets. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales
and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI's
Tools for Nanotech(TM) are bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of
leading researchers and manufacturers. More information can be found online
This news release contains forward-looking statements about a new cryo
sample preparation product and its capabilities. Factors that could affect
these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to delays in
the roll-out of the product, manufacturing or delivery delays, failure of
suppliers to deliver products on time and to specification, and failure of
the product to perform as expected due to technical or other reasons.
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to update forward-looking statements.