Thirteen-colour clinical flow cytometry system

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has introduced the DxFLEX, Europe’s first CE-IVD, 13-colour clinical flow cytometry system. The DxFLEX uses avalanche photodiode (APD) technology, which creates a highly sensitive semiconductor electronic device able to convert light to electricity. Beckman Coulter Life Sciences first harnessed the use of fibre optics in its flagship research flow cytometry system, the CytoFLEX. The use of APD technology transforms the way a compact flow cytometry instrument can deliver high-content research analysis.

The DxFLEX comes with ready-to-use QC beads and is available in four configurations, from a one-laser/five-colour system to a three-laser/13-colour configuration. An optional autoloader, with a 32-position MCL carousel and an adapter for 96-well plates, can be added to each configuration. The flow cytometer is also supplied with a dongle that makes it easy for the laboratory to upgrade the system. The dongle simply switches on additional lasers or detectors for more complex configurations.

As well as being marketed in Europe, the DxFLEX will be available in countries that accept the CE mark as the basis for their country-specific registration. It has already been introduced successfully into China, India and Japan.