May 1, 2014, Lincoln, Nebraska: LI‑COR Biosciences donated two instruments for use at the innovative LabCentral shared laboratory space. LabCentral is designed as a launchpad for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups. This lab now has an Odyssey CLx Infrared Imaging System and an Odyssey Fc Dual-Mode Imaging System for infrared and chemiluminescent use.
"We are thrilled to welcome LI‑COR to our growing list of LabCentral sponsors, dedicated to our mission of creating the next generation of great life sciences companies," says Johannes Fruehauf M.D., Ph.D., LabCentral president. "We appreciate LI‑COR’s support as we add even more components to our fully equipped lab."
The Odyssey CLx Imager offers two-channel infrared detection with accurate quantification and high sensitivity. The dual-mode Odyssey Fc Imager offers two-channel infrared detection, as well as chemiluminescent Western blot imaging and DNA gel documentation capabilities. Both instruments offer a wide dynamic range to accurately detect strong and weak signals on the same Western blot.
"LI‑COR is honored to be sponsoring LabCentral as it begins its premier laboratory facility in support of the next generation of powerhouse biotech start-ups," says Jeff Harford, LI‑COR senior marketing product manager. "The Odyssey instrumentation will be key to all researchers who need quantitative, reproducible results for Western blotting, cell-based assays, and a wide range of other protein-related techniques."
LI‑COR Biosciences is a leading manufacturer of near-infrared and chemiluminescent imaging platforms, analysis software, and IRDye® infrared dye reagents for quantitative Western Blotting, small animal imaging, and DNA fragment analysis.
LI‑COR pioneered the development of near-infrared fluorescence detection systems for DNA sequencing, and today provides systems for drug discovery, protein research, small animal imaging, and undergraduate training.
Founded in 1971, the privately held company is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, with subsidiaries in Germany and the United Kingdom. LI‑COR systems are used in over 100 countries and are supported by a global network of distributors.
A 28,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the Kendall Square, Cambridge, biotech innovation hub, LabCentral (Twitter: @labcentral) is a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space designed as a launchpad for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups. It offers fully permitted laboratory and office space for as many as 25 startups comprising approximately 100 scientists and entrepreneurs. LabCentral provides first-class facility and administrative support, skilled laboratory personnel, a domain-relevant expert speaker series ‒ as well as the other critical services and support that early-stage companies need to begin laboratory operations on day one. A private, nonprofit institution, LabCentral was funded in part by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, with support from its real-estate partner, MIT. Founding sponsors include Triumvirate Environmental and Johnson & Johnson Innovation.