Remote monitoring for consistent and cost-effective cell culture

The Olympus Provi CM20 monitoring system provides quantitative data about the health of cell cultures while they are in the incubator. The system periodically scans the cultures, counts the number of cells, determines confluency and wirelessly communicates the data to a tablet or PC. Using the CM20 system, data can be acquired that will help to improve the reproducibility and stability of the cell culture process.

Cultivating cell cultures can be costly, complicated and time-consuming as it involves multiple steps and careful timing. The CM20 incubation monitoring system (currently only available in the USA and Japan) improves quality management and reduces the amount of labour involved in the cell culture process.

The system automatically scans multiple points in a culture vessel to provide a steady stream of quantitative data about the health and confluency of cultures. With a digital record of cell growth and health, data can be stored, reused and transferred, compared with past results or data captured under different conditions. Remote cell culture monitoring reduces the associated operational costs incurred whenever someone enters the clean room to check the cultures’ status manually. Users can even set up the system to send an alert when their cultures approach confluency and are ready for passage, reducing the risk of loss caused by mistiming cell passage.

With proven experience in regenerative medicine and expertise in optics, image analysis and data management, Olympus is well positioned to help empower users to push the boundaries of regenerative medicine.