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Navitar Life Sciences, Inc. Acquires Assets of Modulation Optics and Hoffman Modulation Contrast® Imaging Technology

POSTED 05/06/2011

hester, New York - Navitar Life Sciences, Inc., an affiliated entity of Navitar, Inc., a leading optics manufacturer, announced today they have entered into a binding agreement to acquire assets of Modulation Optics and their world-leading Hoffman Modulation Contrast® (HMC®) Imaging Technology.

Modulation Optics, located in Glen Cove, New York, manufactures Hoffman Modulation Contrast microscope components and systems for use in live cell imaging applications such as stem cell imaging, cancer study, and embryo and sperm monitoring during in vitro fertilization procedures. The Hoffman Modulation Contrast technology, originally developed and patented by Dr. Robert Hoffman, has become the most widely used light microscopy contrast method for viewing colorless and transparent biological specimens in the world.

“HMC technology has enabled an enormous expansion in live cell imaging capabilities,” comments Julian Goldstein, co-President of Navitar. “With this technology it is now possible to image active events in living cells with clear, high resolution microscopic images and enhanced sharpness and definition. It can increase contrast in both stained and unstained specimens providing real insights into cell function.”

Hoffman Modulation Contrast imaging is used in the identification and characterization of stem cells in live cell observation and analysis systems. In In-vitro fertilization (IVF), embryos are routinely observed by means of this enhanced contrast microscopy technique. Additionally, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and Intracytoplasmic Morphology Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI) techniques also utilize Hoffman Modulation Contrast systems.

With the acquisition of Modulation Optics and the HMC technology, Navitar is making a substantial commitment to expand their biomedical capabilities with live cell imaging optics. According to Navitar co-President Jeremy Goldstein, “The combination of Modulation Optics and Navitar enables our customers to get the ultimate solution for advanced imaging methods in live cell research, which will lead to the development of innovative new equipment for the life sciences industry.”

Hoffman Modulation Contrast can be applied to most objective lenses including Olympus, Nikon, Zeiss, Leica, and high magnification imaging systems from Navitar. In fact, Olympus, Nikon, and Zeiss have historically been three of Modulation Optics’ largest customers. Modulation Optics offers HMC accessories including full 360- degree rotating modulators with convenient ‘stop’ mechanism, condensers, turrets, and modules specifically matched with the individual HMC objectives.

“This acquisition enables Navitar to expand our product offering beyond our mainstay ZFL Fluorescence Imaging optical systems,” explains Jeremy Goldstein. “In addition, HMC will now be able to be used in combination with our other illumination techniques like DIC, darkfield, brightfield and fluorescence to achieve spectacular images for our customers.”

Julian Goldstein comments that Navitar looks forward to continuing to service and support Modulation Optics’ current customers while expanding upon the current product offerings to include a comprehensive array of new precision optical tools for the next generation of IVF, stem cell, and live cell imaging equipment.

About Navitar
Navitar produces high magnification imaging optics, precision laser optical assemblies, and custom microscopy systems for a variety of automated medical and biotech processes including Flow Cytometry, Live Cell Analysis, Fluorescence Imaging, DNA Sequencing, In-vitro Fertilization, Stem Cell Imaging, and Two-Photon Microscopy. Navitar's micro-imaging optics provide the same high quality and high magnification images of traditional microscopes while enabling leading equipment manufacturers the ability to develop lower cost, more compact and higher performing medical instruments.

About Modulation Optics
Modulation Optics of Glen Cove, New York, has been producing HMC microscope objectives and condensers for over 30 years. They design and manufacture condenser systems to satisfy a wide range of numerical aperture and working distance combinations. Modulation Optics also has a unique understanding of inverted
microscopes, enabling them to be a valuable R&D partner with companies developing the next generation of live cell imaging systems.

Hoffman Modulation Contrast and HMC are registered trademarks of Modulation Optics, Inc.

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