BEAVERTON, Ore., May 5, 2011 — Lumencor Inc. has launched the CORE illumination and imaging system, a comprehensive bioanalysis lighting product that offers equipment manufacturers a streamlined optical block based on its existing solid-state excitation subsystems. The CORE includes an excitation subsystem as well as all the illumination and imaging optics needed in a fluorescence scanner. It enables efficient light delivery within a customizable unit that functions as the heart of a state-of-the-art fluorescence reader. The system illuminates fluorescent samples and images the resulting emissions. This functionality is accomplished on a compact, 3-D support through the integration of multiple solid-state excitation sources, spectral bandpass filters, microscope objective Z-control, a field diaphragm, a collimating lens, a polyband dichroic and a multiband emission filter, an objective and tube lens, a camera mount and control electronics. These features streamline engineering and reduce development time and cost for new instruments. The company’s OEM partners build the CORE into their quantitative bioanalysis tools and instruments. Benefits include microsecond switching, precise camera and excitation light synchronization, dosimetry and highly reproducible instrument calibration.