As an eventful year draws to a close, it is always a reason to look back and look forward.

This year the Core Facility has acquired a brand new technology with our two new Sony ID7000 spectral analyzers.

This technology provides the opportunity to greatly expand flow cytometric panels.

With good panel design and some optimization effort, it is now possible to measure up to 40 colors simultaneously.

A major advantage of this new technology is the ability to treat autofluorescence signals as one color that gives you the option to unmix them. This results in lower autofluorescence and thus higher sensitivity for weakly expressed markers.

It is also worth noting that we are the first customer in Europe to have the fully equipped version of the machine with all 7 lasers.
This gives our users even more panel flexibility and it results in less data spread and therefore even higher sensitivity.

In addition to the new equipment, we were also able to hire a new technician to take over from Max, who sadly left the Institute this year. We are happy to welcome Praveen to our team, who is already well integrated.

The plans for next year are to integrate the new technology and establish best practices and protocols for multicolour spectral flow cytometry, as well as an application for a new cell sorter and many interesting educational events for our users.

Last but not least, we would like to inform you that, as every year, we are taking a short holiday break between Christmas and New Year with limited services for our users. You will still have access to our facility, but you will have to set up and check the instruments on your own. If you need assistance in this regard, please contact us by Friday 23.

We look forward to an interesting new year and to welcoming you back to our facility.

Happy Holidays.

Your Core Staff

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