Aquaro Biosystems Introduces PaceSetter™ Section Mounting System at 2014 National Society for Histotechnology Annual Convention

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New Histology Instrument Enables Hands-Free Sectioning Mounting

Aquaro Biosystems introduced its PaceSetter section mounting system, a product developed to streamline the histology workflow, at the National Society for Histotechnology Annual Convention in Austin, TX. The PaceSetter is the first benchtop instrument to automate the transfer of paraffin-embedded tissue sections directly from microtomes to glass slides.

“We were very pleased with the positive feedback we received about the PaceSetter from histotechs and lab managers. Many people were surprised and excited that section mounting could be automated with such an easy-to-use and easy-to-integrate system. They couldn’t wait to try the PaceSetter in their labs,” commented Nolan Orfield, Ph.D., Engineering Manager and Co-Founder of Aquaro Biosystems.

The PaceSetter section mounting system, which attaches directly and easily to microtomes, uses a water channel to gently transfer sections to glass slides. Employing a user-informed engineering approach with direct feedback from histotechs in research and clinical labs, the following key benefits of the PaceSetter were realized:

  •     Precise section placement on slides
  •     Optimal section de-wrinkling (via controllable time & water temperature)
  •     Cuts and mounts sections serially or at different levels

The PaceSetter is designed to improve efficiency and standardize section placement, addressing the remaining bottleneck and cost differentiator in the histology process. It increases sample throughput without the time or cost of an additional histotech, automating what is currently a manual process and is subject to human error.

About Aquaro Biosystems: Aquaro Biosystems is an Ann Arbor, MI-based company that develops user-centric products to streamline the histology workflow. The company is currently working on various histology products that will integrate into its PaceSetter suite. For more information, or to contact us, please visit

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