As we discussed in a previous post, Akadeum recently attended the GLIIFCA 2016 meeting. John Younger, our CTO, gave a great talk to introduce Akadeum’s cell sorting technology, which generated some fantastic conversations. In the following days, we had a lot of attendees coming up to our booth asking, “So what are these microbubbles I heard about?”. Questions About Microbubbles and How They Are Used for Cell Sorting Probably the most common question though was about the material that microbubbles are made of and how they are used for cell sorting. If you are wondering as well, they are actually made of a glass shell filled with gas. John once quite aptly described them to me as the world’s smallest Christmas ornaments. So these Christmas-ornament-like hollow glass spheres are coated with antibodies, allowing the bubbles to specifically—and with high affinity—bind to target cells. As these microbubble-cell complexes float to the surface of the sample, the cells...Read More
Microbubbles for Cell Sorting and Sample Purification
Welcome to our blog. We are excited about microbubbles and using them for cell sorting. In this blog, we will discuss:
- The features of microbubbles that make them a powerful tool in sorting cell and other biological targets
- The background and basis of buoyancy-activated cell sorting (BACS™)
- Various micrbubble applications, ranging from red blood cell removal to food pathogen preconentration (yes microbubbles can be used for both)
- Technical perspectives from physics to biology
At Akadeum we care deeply about making meaningful products and having conversations with our customers. With this in mind, email us with any topic request, questions, or even if you are interested in a guest post.