Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd. has announced a new imaging-based plate reader, designed for compound screening and assay development applications in the pharmaceutical, cathode ray oscilloscope and biotechnology industries. The FDSSμCell is optimized for fluorescent kinetic assays using calcium and membrane potential dyes, including FLUO4 and FMP. It is available in either 96- or 384-well dispensing formats with easily interchangeable heads. An optional washing system reduces carryover and allows tips to be reused several times. It uses the company’s camera range to provide high sensitivity and readout times of a few minutes. Assay and compound plates can be easily loaded, and the software helps to set parameters quickly in a single protocol.