Posted: December 5, 2008

Leica MM AF Systems Offer Researchers Enhanced Functionality for Wide-Field Imaging

(Nanowerk News) Leica Microsystems and MDS Analytical Technologies announced the launch of Leica MM AF imaging systems, a product line that combines Leica’s industry-leading microscopy and MDS Analytical Technologies’ latest MetaMorph® software, to provide researchers with a more comprehensive range of solutions for wide-field imaging in life sciences research.
The Leica MM AF imaging systems combine Leica’s strengths in high-tech microscopy and imaging with the industry-leading breadth of applications and analysis of MetaMorph® software. The new product line offers tightly integrated systems based on the excellent ease-of-use and optical performance of the Leica microscope range, giving researchers an efficient platform for many types of imaging experiments. An integrated journaling capability is included that allows flexible customization of the platform for virtually any imaging application.
Leica MM AF imaging systems
Leica MM AF imaging systems
“MetaMorph software has long been the gold standard for software solutions in the arena of life science research image analysis,” said Stefan Traeger, Managing Director of Leica Microsystems’ Life Science Division. “The opportunity to partner with MDS Analytical Technologies gives us the chance to complement our leading-edge microscope systems with the most comprehensive software package to give our customers the utmost benefit.”
MDS Analytical Technologies President Andy Boorn said Leica MM AF imaging systems provide researchers with an even higher-performance system with which to conduct research with wide-field microscopy.
“For many years, the MetaMorph range of products has played a leading role in all aspects of imaging and data analysis,” said Mr. Boorn. “MDS Analytical Technologies welcomes the opportunity to team up with Leica to add the functionality, flexibility, and market reputation of MetaMorph software to the excellence in design automation and user friendliness of Leica microscopes and cameras.”
Leica MM AF imaging systems will be distributed, marketed, and fully supported through Leica Microsystems’ worldwide distribution and support network.
About Leica Microsystems
Leica Microsystems is a leading global designer and producer of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the analysis of microstructures. It is one of the market leaders in each of its business areas: Microscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy with corresponding Imaging Systems, Specimen Preparation, and Medical Equipment. The company manufactures a broad range of products for numerous applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement, and analysis. It also offers system solutions for life science including biotechnology and medicine, research and development of raw materials, and industrial quality assurance. The company is represented in over 100 countries with 10 manufacturing facilities in 8 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries and an international network of dealers. The international management is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.
About MDS Analytical Technologies
MDS Analytical Technologies, a business unit of MDS Inc., is focused on the research, design, manufacture and marketing of state-of-the-art tools for mass-spectrometry, drug discovery and bioresearch. MDS AT products are designed to help accelerate the complex process of discovering and developing new drug compounds, and are sold to research scientists around the world. The mass-spectrometer product lines are also sold globally through joint ventures with two of the world’s leading analytical instrumentation and life-sciences companies, Applied Biosystems, Inc. and PerkinElmer, Inc. Find out more at or
About MDS Inc.
MDS Inc. is a global life-sciences company that provides market-leading products and services that our customers need for the development of drugs and diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading global provider of pharmaceutical contract research, medical isotopes for molecular imaging, radio therapeutics, and analytical instruments. MDS, Inc. has more than 5,500 highly skilled people in 29 countries. Find out more at or by calling +1-888-MDS-7222, 24 hours a day.
Source: Leica Microsystems (press release)
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