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Izon Science, a Christchurch-based company, today launched a major software and methods upgrade to provide significant advances in automation and accuracy for its qNano and qViro nanoparticle characterisation instruments.

The enhanced automation allows users to more easily use the tunable nanoparticle analysis tools to measure and characterise particles with a high degree of accuracy.

Izon’s nanoparticle analysis system is used on projects including detailed engineering and optimisation of diagnostic assays and drug delivery systems, nanoparticle charge measurement, and virus analysis among others.

“Izon has developed the world’s most advanced nanoparticle analysis system. Now it’s faster and simpler to use and demonstrably very accurate. It’s a disruptive technology and rapidly changing the way nanoparticle analysis is done,” says Hans van der Voorn, chairman of Izon.

Izon’s sophisticated platform is based on combined pressure and electrophoretic force being applied to particles so they can be accurately measured and analysed as they pass through a single pore in a membrane. The company’s products — the qNano and qViro instruments — provide information on several particle parameters on an individual particle basis to give the most comprehensive picture of particles of any system available.

The enhanced functionality of Izon’s nanoparticle analysis system combined with its ease of use is resulting in a wide range of new users and novel research in a number of nanoparticle related fields.

“We will be running a series of webinars to show customers through the new software, outline the new functionality, and enable interaction with the Izon development team so they can ask questions on how the new functionality can be applied to their research projects,” says Van der Voorn.

Izon’s technology has been taken up by a range of leading research institutes including University of Oxford, University of Nottingham, University of Melbourne, Dublin City University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Santa Cruz, Johns Hopkins University, Ian Wark Institute, NIST, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, ATCC, Max Planck Institute, CSIRO, MacDiarmid Institute, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, National Measurement Institute of Australia, Victoria University of Wellington, and Harvard Medical School.

Izon customers can download the Version 2.0 software from the support centre on Izon’s website http://www.izon.com

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