Stories & Features

  • Simplify and Optimize the Most Demanding UHPLC Applications

    Oct 21, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science

    Are you running highly sensitive organic solvents through your UHPLC system? We have designed a bioinert tubing and fitting connection system called, MarvelXACT™ PEEKsil™, with tubing that provides both the chemical compatibility of fused silica glass and the strength of PEEK.
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  • IDEX Health & Science and IDEX China Continue Collaboration with Fudan University

    Oct 14, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science

    For the past 8 years IDEX Health & Science’s Senior Technical Manager for the Semrock Optical Filters product line, Wang Qi, has partnered with Fudan University in Shanghai, China to help lead a program that introduces college students to optics and their role in the life sciences. Due to COVID-19, this year’s course on the Application of Modern Microscopic Imaging Technology in Cell Biology Research needed to be moved to an online format with Wang Qi and IDEX China’s help.
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  • BrightLine Image-splitting Dichroic Beamsplitters

    Sep 30, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science
    Semrock’s image-splitting dichroic beamsplitters are the industry standard enabling simultaneous multi-color imaging applications. The spectral edges of these filters are optimized for imaging of popular fluorophore-pairs providing maximum signal throughput, while maintaining minimal wavefront distortion in reflection and transmission thereby maximizing contrast and resolution of the overall imaging system.
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  • SearchLight™ System Calculator

    Sep 23, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science
    SearchLight’s System Calculators allow a user to compare the fluorescence signal and signal-to-noise ratio or contrast of varying filter sets.
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  • Our Reflection on NASA Perseverance Launch

    Sep 2, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science

    When Moez Adatia and Craig Hodgson woke up early Thursday morning (July 30, 2020), they were excited to witness a historical moment in Space exploration. “I’ve watched all of the previous NASA launches throughout my career, but this one was very special. This was my first experience working on hardware that would eventually be flown into space, and its special knowing that something I worked on, is going to Mars,” said Craig Hodgson, RD&E Director, Life Science Optics.
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  • Diagnostic Testing Kits Require High-Precision Dispensing

    Aug 12, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science
    As diagnostic testing kits are designed to make test procedures as straightforward and robust as possible, point-of-care solutions have become increasingly common. This allows for increased compliance and more frequent testing results to keep individuals healthy. As we fight this coronavirus pandemic, an easy-to-use test would be highly desirable for COVID-19, given the immense pressures on the healthcare system.
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  • Semrock Optical Filters Used in NASA’s New Mars Rover

    Jul 20, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science

    IDEX Health & Science Semrock optical filters are on NASA’s new Perseverance rover that will try to definitively answer whether life ever existed on Mars. Working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), our optical filter team developed filters for the SHERLOC instrument, which will enable the rover to identify, collect and store rock and soil samples from Mars.
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  • How We Help Forecast the COVID-19 “Cytokine Storm”

    Jul 7, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science

    Until there is a vaccine or anti-viral medications for COVID-19, the treatment for hospitalized patients is to help alleviate their symptoms. One of the most severe and potentially life threatening symptoms of the COVID-19 virus is known as the cytokine release syndrome, or “cytokine storm.” This is when an infected patient’s immune system is induced to go into overdrive to attack the viral infection. The immune system can become uncontrolled and lead to multiple organ failure, which can be fatal.
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  • What optical filters should you consider for Raman Spectroscopy applications?

    Jun 10, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science
    There are three basic types of Raman instrumentation. Raman microscopes, also called micro-Raman spectrophotometers, are larger-scale laboratory analytical instruments for making fast, high-accuracy Raman measurements on very small, specific sample areas. Traditional laboratory Raman spectrometers are primarily used for R&D applications. They range from “home-built” to flexible commercial systems that offer a variety of laser sources, means for holding solid and liquid samples, and different filter and spectrometer types. Finally, a rapidly emerging class of Raman instrumentation is the Raman micro-probe analyzer. These complete, compact, and often portable systems are ideal for use in the field or in tight manufacturing and process environments. They utilize a remote probe tip that contains optical filters and lenses, connected to the main unit via optical fiber.
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  • How Long Will Inline Filters Last?

    May 6, 2020 by IDEX Health & Science

    A good lab practice tip is to make the replacement of your filters or frits a part of your system’s preventative maintenance routine. Typically maintenance occurs every six months to one year. There will be times when you will need to change your filter or frit in addition to the regularly-scheduled changes.
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