New Blue Ocean Load & Go™ CR Series Immune Monitoring Systems Debut at ISAC CYTO 2010

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New CR Series is the first-ever flow cytometer to combine automated sample preparation and analysis in one compact instrument, makes immune monitoring much faster and simpler.

"Due to its small footprint, many people thought they were looking at just an analyzer until they saw the full functionality of the CR System with cap piercing and fully integrated sample preparation", explains Blue Ocean CEO Mike Brochu, Sr. "Since all current flow systems separate preparation from analysis, I believe our new design took many by surprise."

The challenge now in clinical flow cytometry is to start creating elegant instrumentation with built-in simplicity", said Frank Mandy, Ph.D., widely considered one of the leading worldwide authorities in flow cytometry.

Blue Ocean Biomedical introduced its new CR Series Immune Monitoring Systems at the XXV Congress of The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), called CYTO 2010, held in Seattle, Washington from May 8-12th, 2010. Fitting the theme of the Congress, “Advances in Cytometric Technology and Applications”, more than 1,800 scientists and medical professionals from around the world were introduced to the CR Series, the first-ever flow cytometer to combine automated sample preparation and analysis in one compact instrument.

Among those impressed with the promise of the new technology presented at ISAC was Awtar Krishan, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, and a member of ISAC, who found the CR Systems “revolutionary” in their design and productivity advantages. “The CR System is quite unique in its small footprint and automation”, said Dr. Krishan. With its built-in automation, the system requires minimal operator steps and makes immune monitoring much faster and simpler. Dr. Krishan feels that, “the CR System will be of great help in reducing personnel costs, especially in developing countries where there is a great need for rapid and accurate flow analysis for patient monitoring.” (At the Congress, Dr. Krishan was presented with the ISAC Membership Award in recognition of exceptional service to the cytometric community.)

Also at ISAC CYTO 2010 was Frank Mandy, Ph.D., consultant for the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Mandy is widely considered one of the leading worldwide authorities in flow cytometry and its application for monitoring of HIV and Malaria. The CR Series Immune Monitoring Systems reminded Dr. Mandy of a famous quote from Albert Einstein, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

“I believe that the challenge now in clinical flow cytometry is to start creating elegant instrumentation with built-in simplicity”, said Dr. Mandy. “Let the volume of cost-effective data generated per day dazzle the immunologist, and not the myriad of controls and knobs for adjustments.”

Blue Ocean plans to exhibit the CR Series Systems at a number of diagnostic industry shows over the next few months, including: the International AIDS Conference, in Vienna, Austria, July 18-23; the AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry) Clinical Lab Expo, in Anaheim, CA, July 27-29; the Caribbean Cytometry & Analytical Society meeting in Barbados, August 22-28th; the American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ASHI) Meeting in Hollywood, FL , Sep 26-30; the Clinical Cytometry Society (CCS) Meeting in Houston, TX, Oct 3-5; and the 11th Indo-US Advanced Cytometry Workshop in Bangalore, India, Oct 19-24.

About Blue Ocean Biomedical
Blue Ocean Biomedical, a privately-held company based in Pembroke Pines, FL, specializes in the development of innovative, automated, Load & Go™ cell analysis systems for immune monitoring and related applications (http://www.blueoceanbio.com). Blue Ocean systems are optimized to address needs for moderate-to-high-demand applications where test results are desired in less time, with greater efficiency and at substantially lower costs. The company’s new CR Series Immune Monitoring Systems combine automated sample preparation and analysis in one instrument that communicates with the laboratory’s computer system (LIS).

Welcome to Load & Go™ Cellular Diagnostics, the Blue Ocean approach to testing, where the sailing is smooth.

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