Lumen Dynamics has received the 2012 Microscopy Today Innovation Award for its X-Cite XLED1 internal pulse generator. The Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based light delivery technology company achieved this milestone just days after receiving the award for 2012 Platinum Contact Center of the Year, given by the International Customer Service Association.
The internal pulse generator is designed to provide researchers with precise time control and pulsing of individual light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for advanced biological imaging applications. According to Lumen, it works by providing fast, timed wavelength switching between LEDs beyond the scope of motorized filter wheels into microsecond speeds.
The generator reportedly enables researchers to capture a level of fast cell dynamics in multi-color live cell experiments that was previously limited by existing technologies. The ability to pulse each LED at microsecond speeds is also believed to extend the life of cells by reducing the effects of photo-bleaching and cellular damage caused by continuous illumination of light.
The generator allows the X-Cite XLED1 to serve as a premium light source as well as a central triggering device, synchronizing peripherals such as cameras and stages with LED on/off events. With the selection of an appropriate filter set, researchers can upgrade the functionality and control of their microscope by eliminating the need for additional automation equipment, saving time and money.
“We are honored that the Microscopy Society of America has recognized Lumen Dynamics for our innovative technology in the X-Cite XLED1 designed to help solve the challenges of the research community,” said Kavita Aswani, Ph.D., senior applications scientist at Lumen Dynamics. “We continue to focus on creating new fluorescence illumination solutions that best cater to the needs of researchers and their applications.”