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June 21, 2017

Touring with UKEMS

At the end of this month, we’ll be “on tour” when the Belgium, Dutch and UK Environmental Mutagenesis Societies meet together in Leuven, Belgium – Sunday 25th to Wednesday 28th June 2017.

The meeting will cover all aspects in relation to DNA damage and mutations caused by environmental agents and will focus on new technologies and innovative modalities. The program consists of a large variety of invited speakers and keynote lectures. Special symposiums will be organized by the societies Industrial, Molecular […]

June 6, 2017

Cyto Study Manager (CSM) revolutionizing your study workflow!

Have you watched our 90 second explainer movie yet?  Learn how CSM can help you deliver results sooner.

CSM has modules available for:

comet assay
micronucleus test
chromosome aberration test

Get in touch to see how CSM can help your genetox laboratory:

save time and resources
turn studies around faster
increase efficiency
maintain GLP and 21 CFR compliance
remove experimental bias
increase data traceability
automatically generate reports

We look forward to hearing from you!

May 31, 2017

The future of the comet assay

The International Comet Assay Workshops (ICAW) are a series of scientific conferences dealing with practical and theoretical aspects of the comet assay.  After the meeting, a publication featuring the major themes and ideas of the workshop was produced.

Check out our round-up of the themes in the latest ICAW entitled: The future of the comet assay.

If you’re doing the comet assay, check out our comet scoring solution: Comet Assay IV.
Comet Assay IV is the professional choice for those seeking […]

April 25, 2017

Abstract deadline for UKEMS/BEMS/DEMS Joint annual meeting Leuven 2017

There are only three days left to submit your abstracts and apply for bursaries for the UKEMS/BEMS/DEMS Joint annual meeting Leuven 2017.  According to the organisers, there will not be any further extensions after the 28th April so get those applications in!  Also, the early bird registration offer also ends on 5th May.  For information can be found here: http://www.nebeukems.org/

 

April 6, 2017

Stop by our booth at GTA!

The Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA) will hold its annual scientific meeting May 11-12, 2017 on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. USA.

We will have a stand in the exhibition hall, John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center, and will be demonstrating all our latest GeneTox solutions, including the comet, micronucleus and chromosome aberration modules of Cyto Study Manager.

Stop by our booth if you are interested in learning more about our image analysis and study management […]

February 8, 2017

See you at the SOT & ToxExpo – Booth 1933

Next month, we’ll be at the Society of Toxicology 56th Annual Meeting & ToxExpo.

“Approximately 6,500 toxicologists from more than 50 countries are expected to share their research and expertise during the 160+ Scientific Sessions, featuring nearly 2,500 abstracts.”  It is sure to be a great show! For more information and a short explainer movie, please visit the SOT website.

For product demos and a chance to chat with us about our systems for GeneTox, please drop by booth 1933! We look […]

January 25, 2017

Comet Assay IV Case Study: Vitamin D & DNA damage – is there a connection?

Recently, a global team of experts (from The University of Oslo, Norway, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University & The Chinese University of Hong Kong) have been investigating “Vitamin D and oxidation-induced DNA damage: is there a connection?”

The scientists used our image analysis solution Comet Assay IV to investigate!  Read the full article on our scorecomets.com website 🙂

If you have a Comet Assay IV paper you’d like to be featured on scorecomets.com, please get in touch.

January 16, 2017

UKEMS “on tour” in 2017 – website now live!

UKEMS will be ‘on tour’ in 2017 and will be joining the Belgium and Dutch EMS in the old Burgundian town of Leuven, near Brussels in Belgium for our annual meeting this year.

This joint meeting will be held on 25-28 June at the Park Inn Hotel, a short walk from Leuven central train station. This is the first time UKEMS is being held outside the UK and the organisers anticipate a healthy turnout with good opportunity to mix with an international audience […]

December 19, 2016

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings from everyone at Perceptive Instruments (an Instem company)!

Wishing you the very best for the Festive Season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

View our festive e-card!

December 13, 2016

Novel high throughput method for comet slide processing

Researchers from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Florida International University have published a paper in Scientific Report which details a novel, patent pending, method for the high-throughput (HT) processing of slides for the comet assay.  We have been privileged to work with The Cooke Lab in writing this report.  Check it out, and all our other case studies, on scorecomets.com.

November 8, 2016

Instem Exhibiting and Presenting at American College of Toxicology Annual Meeting

Instem, a leading provider of IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting and presenting at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American College of Toxicology (ACT) in Baltimore, November 6-9th.
Visitors to Instem’s booth #206 will learn about:

Submit™ – the most widely deployed set of SEND tools and services, adopted at 45 sites across 15 countries. Learn about the newest member of the submit™ suite, SEND Explorer®, the […]

October 20, 2016

Running regulatory chromosome aberration studies?

Then you’ll be interested to know that Cyto Study Manager (CSM) now accepts Chromosome Aberration data!

Following on from revolutionising comet assay and micronucleus test data acquisition and reporting, all the benefits of CSM are now available for chromosome aberration tests too!

CSM makes data collection and processing fast and paperless. Aberrations (and other assay specific data) are captured electronically at the microscope using a tablet and securely stored in CSM. Then, reports are created on demand.

By removing paper scoring sheets and […]

September 19, 2016

Check out our poster

Visit us at the annual conference of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS)!

The theme of the EMGS 47th Annual Meeting is “From Environment to [Epi]Genome and Back Again,” encompassing areas of current genome research that converge on issues of environmental exposure, how cells and organisms respond to such challenges, and how this information can be used to promote human health.

We have an exhibition booth and a poster!  Our poster is a collaboration we’ve done recently with F. Hoffman La […]

August 31, 2016

Find us at Booth 26 at Eurotox 2016!

Next week, we’ll be at the 52nd Congress of EUROTOX in Seville, Spain, 4th-7th September 2016.  The theme is “Protecting Public and Environmental Health by Understanding and Communicating Toxicology.”  Significant developments and achievements in the field of toxicology will be presented by the delegates and speakers.

Please come and visit us at Booth 26.  We’ll be happy to give you a demo of any of our solutions for Genetic Toxicology.

If you’re not able to make it to EUROTOX 2016, we can […]

August 4, 2016

Late-Breaking Abstracts at EMGS 2016

There is still time to submit an abstract for EMGS 2016! Although the original abstract deadline was June, there is still an  opportunity to submit an abstract for poster presentation during the 2016 meeting. Full details regarding ‘late-breaking’ abstract submission can be found on the EMGS website.

See you at the EMGS meeting… in the Century C Ballroom!

July 7, 2016

scorecomets.com – our resource for the comet assay

The comet assay has been used in a wide variety of publications; from Turkish folklore to silver nanoparticles, we have the interesting applications of the comet assay covered!

Frequently asked questions, information on performing the comet assay and a free 30 day trial of our comet scoring software, Comet Assay IV, can all be found at scorecomets.com. Check it out!

 

June 7, 2016

See you at UKEMS 2016!

Later this month, we’ll be at the United Kingdom Environmental Mutagenesis Society Conference (UKEMS) 2016.  The conference will run from Sunday 26th June to Wednesday 29th June at King’s College, London.  The UKEMS meeting will covers all aspects in relation to DNA damage and mutations caused by environmental agents.

As always, Perceptive Instruments Ltd will be exhibiting at the conference and look forward to showing you our range of software for GeneTox applications. We will be happy to discuss the […]

March 10, 2016

Join us at the 55th SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo

If you’re attending the SOT next week, come and visit us at booth 1418 where we’ll be discussing the following:

Chromosome aberration module for Cyto Study Manager
SEND genetic toxicology domain compatibility with Instem Submit™
New approaches to video-based comet assay analysis

We’ll be also be showcasing our automated data collection and reporting systems for genetic toxicology including Cyto Study Manager, Ames Study Manager, Comet Assay IV and Sorcerer Colony Counter.

When

9:15am Monday, March 14th 2016
to 4:30pm Wednesday, March 16th […]

December 4, 2015

Cyto Study Manager selected by BioReliance

Perceptive Instruments is proud to announce that BioReliance has chosen to use Cyto Study Manager to streamline their genetic toxicology services.

Cyto Study Manager integrates data acquisition, auditing, reporting and study management processes into a single intuitive system that greatly improves efficiencies while ensuring data integrity during genetic toxicology investigations.

Cyto Study Manager enables clients to combine comet and micronucleus data management processes within an easy-to-use system. Fully integrated with the software, researchers can now transfer data directly […]

June 3, 2015

Ames Study Manager selected by WuXi AppTec

Instem, a leading provider of IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, announced today that WuXi AppTec (WuXi), a leading Chinese CRO, has selected Ames Study Manager from Perceptive Instruments as part of a major investment in Instem solutions to support its ongoing growth plans. Instem’s article on the purchase can be found: here.

Ames Study Manager offers an integrated suite of software for conducting the Bacterial Reverse Mutation Test according to regulatory guidelines e.g. OECD […]

May 6, 2015

Perceptive Instruments celebrates 25 years in business

We are proud to be celebrating our 25 year milestone in business!

Since we began in 1990, we have developed a truly global customer base.  Organisations on every continent use Perceptive Instruments’ image analysis and data processing solutions.  More recently, we have focussed our development on creating bespoke data management systems designed specifically for genetic toxicology assays.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers over the past quarter of a century and we look forward to working […]

April 29, 2015

Perceptive Instruments at GTA next week

Next week, Perceptive Instruments will be demonstrating the latest software systems at the Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA) annual scientific meeting May 6-7, 2015. New for this year are optional workshops on May 5 and 6 preceding the start of this year’s annual meeting, which offers a comprehensive program focusing on important emerging issues in genetic toxicology.

As always, Perceptive Instruments Ltd will be exhibiting at the conference and look forward to showing you our range of software for GeneTox applications. Please […]

April 8, 2015

11th International Comet Assay Workshop

Online registration for the 11th International Comet Assay Workshop is now open.

The meeting will take place in Antwerp, Belgium; September 1-4th 2015.

More information on abstract submission, registration and accommodation can be found on the meeting website (http://icaw.vito.be).

Those who might be interested, also check-out the hands-on training session which will be preceding the meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Belgium!

February 25, 2015

Visit us at the SOT – booth 1404!

Visit us at the SOT’s 54th Annual Meeting, March 22–26, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California!

The SOT Annual Meeting is the largest meeting of its kind. This annual event features a broad range of scientific sessions and a thematic program that provides participants with a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge in topical areas and interact with leaders in their respective disciplines.

As always, Perceptive Instruments Ltd will be exhibiting at the conference and look forward […]

January 6, 2015

Mutagenesis Special Issue: The Comet Assay

On January 1st 2015, the “Special Issue: The Comet Assay” of Mutagenesis was published. This edition was guest edited by comet assay expert Andrew Collins and features contributions from comet assay scientists from around the world.

“The contributions to this special issue of Mutagenesis have been selected to cover the main research areas served by the comet assay, namely genotoxicology, environmental toxicology, human biomonitoring and fundamental investigations into mechanisms of DNA damage and repair. Innovative methods are described, […]

November 24, 2014

Instem present Comet Assay IV at NCDSER’s GeneTox event

Instem, a leading provider of  IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Bing Li, Business Development Consultant, Instem, will present at the 2014 National Workshop on Non-clinical Safety Evaluation and Quality Management in Shanghai, November 27th – 29th.

The presentation,“Comet Assay IV and Systems for Genetic Toxicology” will discuss techniques for automating the collection and reporting of the comet assay and other genetic toxicology studies, including an overview and brief demonstration of […]

January 17, 2014

Recommended comet assay method

There can be substantial inter-laboratory variations in the levels of DNA damage measured by the comet assay in different laboratories. Researchers from 14 different laboratories across Europe took part in an inter-laboratory variation in DNA damage using a standard comet assay protocol.

We were pleased to see that the majority of the labs were using Comet Assay IV for scoring their comet samples. The report concluded that the biggest areas for variation between the laboratories were within the experimental procedure (e.g. […]

December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2013. Instead of sending cards out this festive season, Perceptive Instruments will be making donations to our chosen charity of 2013: the Meningitis Research Foundation.

November 22, 2013

Instem Acquires Perceptive Instruments

Instem, a leading provider of IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, announced today that it has acquired Perceptive Instruments as it continues to consolidate the life sciences IT marketplace.

Located in Suffolk, United Kingdom, Perceptive develops, manufactures and supplies image analysis and data processing solutions that are primarily focused on the areas of genetic toxicology, microbiology and immunology. Perceptive solutions are deployed in 49 countries at leading universities, research institutes and are supporting various government programs such as those at […]

November 21, 2013

Two meetings in Japan: JEMS 2013 and BMS

Next week, Perceptive Instruments will be demonstrating the latest software systems at both the Bacterial Mutagenicity Study Group (BMS) meeting at Shujitsu University, Japan and the JEMS 2013 conference, Okayama Convention Centre, Japan.

Stop by our booth if you are interested in learning more about our image analysis and study management products for genetox applications.  In particular, Ames Study Manager is an integrated suite of software for conducting the Bacterial Reverse Mutation Test according to regulatory guidelines e.g. […]

October 28, 2013

11th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens

Next week, we’ll be at the 11th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens.

The conference themes include:
A. Environment, genes, and health;
B. Environmental “OMICS”, Bioinformatics and beyond;
C. Consequences of DNA damage and mutations: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and aging;
D. DNA damage responses;
E. Mechanisms of DNA repair;
F. Mutational and epigenetic mechanisms;
G. New approaches to genotoxicity testing;
H. Antimutagenesis, Anticarcinogenesis and Nutrigenomics;
I. Prevention of mutation-related diseases;
J. Risk assessment and regulatory issues.

…and with an exciting selection of speakers and symposium topics, Perceptive Instruments looks forward to attending!

Stop by […]

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October 3, 2013

Celebrating 30 years of comet assay research

The first paper on the single-cell gel electrophoresis assay was published in 1984 by O. Ostling and K.J. Johanson (Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. Vol.123: 291-298).  Next August will mark the 30th anniversary of the comet assay.

To celebrate, Frontiers (a community-oriented open-access academic publisher and research network) will be publishing a special edition ‘Frontiers in Genetics: 30 years of the Comet Assay: an overview with some new insights’.

The deadline for abstract submission is 30 Nov 2013 and we urge all our […]

September 10, 2013

10th International Comet Assay Workshop

Last week, Perceptive Instruments was at the 10th International Comet Assay Workshop (ICAW) in Porto, Portugal.

Delegates arrived from across the globe (Russia, Iraq, Norway, Mexico and Hong Kong, to name a few) and were treated to three days of oral presentations, posters, exhibitors and poster mini-talks with one common theme: the comet assay.

It was an excellent opportunity to talk with Comet Assay IV customers and hear about the latest comet assay research.

We are already looking forward to seeing everyone again at the […]

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August 19, 2013

Comet and micronucleus management and reporting software

Cyto Study Manager is a secure, web-based, GLP compliant software system that integrates the data acquisition, reporting and management of your genetic toxicology data.

The software is modular, allowing you to purchase only the modules needed by your company. The latest module is for those conducting the Micronucleus (MN) Test (in vivo or in vitro, visual scoring), adding to the existing module for the Comet Assay.

We can do live, online presentations to show you how the MN data collection will function within Cyto […]

June 23, 2013

Soft agar MLA data processing

Working with Mouse Lymphoma Assay (MLA) experts at various contract research organisations, we have developed a new Excel spreadsheet specifically for soft agar MLA investigations. The workbook is supplied for FREE to all new customers and existing customers with maintenance contracts or a valid warranty on their Sorcerer Colony Counter system.

Speed and accuracy

The spreadsheet seamlessly integrates with our Sorcerer colony counter and allows accurate colony counting with instant size distribution information.

Automatic mutant frequency calculation

The spreadsheet can be used to record daily […]

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November 21, 2012

Free demo of Cyto Study Manager available now

The Cyto Study Manager is a software system that integrates all your data acquisition, reporting and management needs into one neat little package.

During your genetic toxicology investigation, the Cyto Study Manager integrates the following processes for individual and combined comet and micronucleus assays:

Experiment design
Sample coding and decoding
Data acquisition
Reporting and statistics
Auditing and user control
Archiving and historical data

With your own free trial, you can log in to a secure exclusive demo site and see the benefits of Cyto Study Manager for yourself.

For more […]

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October 23, 2012

New MLA data processing spreadsheet

Working with Mouse Lymphoma Assay (MLA) experts at various contract research organisations, we have developed a new Excel spreadsheet specifically for soft agar MLA investigations.

Speed and accuracy

The spreadsheet seamlessly integrates with our Sorcerer colony counter and allows accurate colony counting with instant size distribution information.

Automatic mutant frequency calculation

The spreadsheet can be used to record daily culture maintenance data and by counting both mutant plates and viability plates, the spreadsheet will automatically calculate the mutant frequency, mutant index and relative plating efficiency.

Bespoke […]

September 10, 2012

42nd EEMS in Poland

Next week, we’ll be at the 42nd EEMS in Poland.

The scientific program will include mechanisms of DNA damage tolerance, versatile functions of DNA repair proteins, chromatin structure in the control of genetic stability, human diseases and DNA repair, markers of human exposure to genotoxic agents, environmental aspects of toxicity of nanoparticles, epigenotoxicology including miRNA as cellular response to DNA damage, oxidation and deamination of nucleobases as a new epigenetic instrument in the control of mutations and carcinogenesis.

Please drop by our booth […]

September 5, 2012

See you at EMS!

Visit us at the 43rd Environmental Mutagen Society annual meeting!

The theme of the EMS Meeting is “EMS: The Next Generation”

The Society’s Annual Meeting is unique in bringing together scientists who carry out basic research with those involved in risk estimation and regulatory concerns related to the consequences of exposure to environmental, industrial, and pharmaceutical agents.

Perceptive Instruments Ltd will have a stand in the exhibition hall and will be demonstrating all our latest GeneTox systems.

Please email sales@perceptive.co.uk if you would like to schedule […]

August 2, 2012

UKEMS 2012 – “Next Generation Genotoxicology”

The 2012 Annual UKEMS Meeting in Swansea was an excellent display of the most recent findings and developments in genetic toxicology.  Representatives from across the world delivered first class presentations and led intriguing discussions.  Researchers, academics and people from industry joined to discuss ‘Next Generation Genotoxicology.’

The conference kicked-off with a pre-conference event; an educational session entitled ‘Essentials of Genetic Toxicology’.  Here, delegates were treated to interesting presentations about the history and development of genetic toxicology.

Over the next three days, we saw fascinating presentations […]

July 23, 2012

Submit your abstract

Registration is now open for the 2012 UKEMS annual meeting in Swansea (15th-18th July). The conference theme is: ‘Next Generation Genotoxicology’ and with an exciting selection of speakers and symposium topics, Perceptive Instruments looks forward to attending! We urge our Comet Assay IV customers.

It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin […]

May 14, 2012

The ComNet Project

The international multi-disciplinary journal, Mutagenesis, has published a commentary detailing the launch of The ComNet (comet network) Project.   The publication follows discussions on the comet assay in human population studies during the International Comet Assay Workshop meeting in Kusadasi, Turkey (September 13–16, 2011).

The ultimate aim of the network, ComNet, is to establish the comet assay as a reliable trusted biomarker assay.  This project has the potential to bring together comet assay data from across the globe and improve […]

April 4, 2012

Submit your abstract for a chance to present at UKEMS 2012

*** ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 1ST JUNE ***

Registration is now open for the 2012 UKEMS annual meeting in Swansea (15th-18th July).

The conference theme is: ‘Next Generation Genotoxicology‘ and with an exciting selection of speakers and symposium topics, Perceptive Instruments looks forward to attending!

We urge our Comet Assay IV customers to submit abstracts for this conference and look forward to seeing their poster (or oral) presentations this year.  The deadline for abstract submission is 7th May 2012.

As always, Perceptive Instruments Ltd will be exhibiting at the […]

March 22, 2012

Perceptive Instruments at the Sixth International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Human Populations (ICEMHP)

Next week, Perceptive Instruments will be demonstrating the latest software systems at the Sixth International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Human Populations (ICEMHP) in Doha, Qatar, 26-29 March 2012.

This is a must-attend event for researchers, scholars, students, policy-makers and all those interested in identifying the environmental causes of DNA damage and in finding solutions to their consequences to human health.

Stop by our booth if you are interested in learning more about our image analysis and study management products for genetox applications!

If you are […]

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March 7, 2012

Cyto Study Manager released

New from Perceptive Instruments, the Cyto Study Manager has been designed to combine all your comet and micronucleus data management processes into one simple, easy-to-use system that can be accessed securely from both the laboratory and the office via your organisation’s own internal network.

Data acquisition and scoring systems such as Comet Assay IV are fully integrated with the system, sending data straight to the Cyto Study Manager database. All your reports can be generated from the within the system and automatically combined […]

February 29, 2012

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