Prior Scientific Inc. has introduced the H117P2IX flattop stage for the Olympus IX inverted microscope series. Suitable for all high-precision biomedical and materials science scanning operations, it is designed especially for prolonged live-cell studies. Because the drive components are mounted below the top plate, the user has easy access to micromanipulators, environmental chambers and robotic loaders, and miniaturized drive boxes increase nosepiece accessibility. Scanning can be performed with a broad range of sample and slide holders, petri dishes, well plates, flasks and hemocytometers. The stage can be driven by proprietary motor controllers or by compatible systems in existing OEM configurations.