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16 August 2017: Roche launches the AVENIO Millisect System for precise and efficient dissection of tissue biopsies

  • AVENIO Millisect System utilizes an automated, digitally assisted process to reliably and efficiently isolate clinically relevant cells for diagnostic testing
  • Efficient tissue dissection maximizes medical value for downstream applications such as sequencing and other molecular methods
  • Study suggests the AVENIO Millisect System helped reduce false negative results and case rejection rates1

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQZ: RHHBY) announced today the commercial availability of the AVENIO Millisect System, a tissue dissection instrument that utilizes an automated digitally assisted process to reliably and efficiently isolate clinically relevant cells from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue slides.

The AVENIO Millisect System addresses challenges inherent in today's tissue dissection practice in the clinical lab workspace where manual dissection lacks consistency and precision, and laser capture microscopy is cumbersome and costly. We recognize that streamlining and optimizing the pre-analytical workflow is key to obtaining accurate results from complex testing methods such as next generation sequencing, said Neil Gunn, Head of Roche Sequencing Solutions. The introduction of the AVENIO Millisect System further exemplifies our commitment in creating a simplified workflow that delivers maximal medical value to clinicians and patients.

1Geiersbach et al 2016. Cancer Genetics 209:42-49.

The AVENIO product line of NGS solutions from Roche will include instruments, assays, reagents and software that aim to make sequencing simple and accessible. For more information, please visit

19 June 2017: Olympus BX53 Microscope with High-Luminosity LED Provides Bright, Sharp Images in Challenging Life Science Applications

With an LED illuminator equivalent to a 100-watt halogen lamp, the Olympus BX53 microscope delivers outstanding brightness and true-to-life images. The BX53's ergonomic design and ease of use make it an ideal system for clinical laboratories, while the LED illuminator's brightness makes the system an excellent solution for multi-head teaching systems.

The BX53's high-luminosity LED illuminator enables researchers to clearly see the purple, cyan, and pink dyes that are commonly used in life science applications. Its consistent color temperature also helps speed up the observation workflow since users don't have to waste time adjusting a color filter. With the BX53, users experience the brightness and color reproduction of a 100-watt halogen lamp in a long-life, low-maintenance LED illuminator.

Read more about the BX53 microscope here.