Lumencor Inc. has launched Core, a bioanalysis illumination and imaging system that offers equipment manufacturers a streamlined optical block based on the company’s solid-state excitation subsystems. The system includes an excitation subsystem as well as 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 fluorescence reader. It 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.