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Picarro Gains NSF Allotment for Research

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2004
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Picarro Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., a $492,690 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop lasers for bioinstrumentation applications, such as flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and DNA sequencing. The solid-state sources are expected to improve efficiency, reduce size, and provide higher optical power and new output wavelengths.

The funding follows on Picarro's Phase I project, improving the performance of its DECSL laser platform. The laser sources also are expected to help advance cellular biology. Although the program will run through Aug. 31, 2006, Picarro intends to deliver customer samples in the first half of 2005.

GLOSSARY
flow cytometry
A method of measuring the characteristics of microscopic particles, usually cells, as they flow in a fluid stream through a beam of light. Particles may be stained with fluorescent dye and the fluorescence detected via laser illumination.
bioinstrumentation applicationsBusinessconfocal microscopyDNA sequencingflow cytometrylaserslight speedMicroscopyPicarro Inc.

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