Core Facility Becomes Leica Reference Center

Dr. Steffen Dietzel, Manager of the Core Facility Bioimaging (left), and Christoph Thumser cutting the ribbon to officially open the facility. Behind him Professor Ulrich Pohl, head of the department in which the new Core Facility Bioimaging is situated. (Source: B. Falke, Leica Microsystems)

Steffen Dietzel, Manager of the Core Facility Bioimaging (left), and Christoph Thumser cutting the ribbon to officially open the facility. Behind him Ulrich Pohl, Head of the department in which the new Core Facility Bioimaging is situated. (Source: B. Falke, Leica Microsystems)

On February 17th, Leica Microsystems and the Biomedical Center (BMC) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich inaugurated the new Core Facility Bioimaging. Leica Microsystems will use the facility as reference and demo center. The reference center for state-of-the-art light microscopy at the BMC is the result of a strategic cooperation between Leica Microsystems and the LMU. The Leica Bioimaging Center provides the opportunity for a close cooperation between microscope developers and users to develop innovations in modern light microscopy and establish their application in applied cell research.

For the researchers of the BMC, the Leica Bioimaging Center offers access to the latest technologies in light microscopy, enabling them to make the smallest structures of the cell visible, even at the nanoscale, and investigate biological processes on molecular level. The Bioimaging Center is the biggest reference and demo center to be established by Leica Microsystems in Europe, so far. Customers and potential customers can discover the latest Leica systems here and exchange experiences with the users at the facility. In addition, new products can be tested thoroughly by the users of the core facility before being introduced to the market. The inauguration of the Leica Bioimaging Center was accompanied by a scientific symposium. The topic ‘Plasticity of Cell Programs as Visualized by Advanced Microscopy Techniques’ is relevant to scientists from various areas, such as physiology, molecular biology, immunology and cell biology. The Walter-Brendel-Centre of Experimental Medicine, one of the eight resident professorships at the BMC, will operate the facility.

The Leica Bioimaging Center offers access to the latest technologies in light microscopy. Among them a 3D super-resolution system Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X with integrated light sheet module. (Source: B. Falke, Leica Microsystems)

The Leica Bioimaging Center offers access to the latest technologies in light microscopy. Among them a 3D super-resolution system Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X with integrated light sheet module. (Source: B. Falke, Leica Microsystems)

“To us, the strategic partnership with the BMC – a high level, interdisciplinary research center – offers excellent possibilities to work closely together with the users of our microscopes. This will enable us to understand the requirements of our customers even better and to focus on the development of innovations which will help science to further decipher the secrets of life and win the fight against currently terminal illnesses,” says Markus Lusser, President of Leica Microsystems. “We are happy to be able to work together with the researchers of the BMC on developing the Bioimaging Center into a high-level light microscopy facility for cell research.”

“In many aspects, biomedical research is a very abstract field of research, as the scientists can often investigate the molecular connections only indirectly,“ says Peter Becker, Chair of Molecular Biology and Executive Director of the Biomedical Center (BMC). “Therefore, high resolution microscopy techniques are highly important, as they make the cell structures visible and offer the opportunity to review and visualize the ideas.”

“We are happy about the close cooperation with Leica Microsystems,” comments Steffen Dietzel, Manager of the Core Facility Bioimaging. “It gives us the chance to provide our users with microscopes which permanently meet the highest requirements in terms of configuration and maintenance.”

Comprising sixty research groups, the BMC, which was opened on the HighTechCampus of the LMU in October 2015, is one of the biggest research centers in Germany to be established within the last years. As a ‘Center for Applied Cell Research’, the BMC is closing the gap between basic research and clinical applications. At the Leica Bioimaging Center, 10 microscope systems of the latest generation are at the disposal of the researchers – among them a 3D super-resolution system Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X with integrated light sheet module, two Leica TCS SP8 MP multiphoton systems, two Leica TCS SP8 confocal microscopes and one high-end wide field microscope Leica DMi8 for live cell research. (Source: Leica Microsystems)

Links: Leica Microsystems GmbH, Wetzlar, Germany • Biomedical Center, Core Facility Bioimaging, Munich, Germany

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