Phase Holographic Imaging (PHI) today announces a collaboration agreement with Northeastern University of Boston. PHI will provide Northeastern with HoloMonitor® technology for the purpose of establishing novel cell analysis applications and techniques based on PHI’s non-invasive time-lapse imaging cytometry technology. Northeastern and PHI anticipate extending the program to create a regional center of excellence — an educational resource providing training programs for scientists using time-lapse cytometry techniques and to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations in cell-based research.
“The Boston area’s international reputation as an important hub of life science research was the determining factor in the company’s decision to initiate its first strategic endeavor in the United States. Northeastern’s leadership in life science research and collaborative programs with industrial organizations makes it a natural home for this program,” said Peter Egelberg, CEO of PHI.
“We are pleased to partner with PHI to expand the services offered by the Department’s Core Imaging and Cytometry facility, which serves as an important intellectual and technological resource for both Northeastern and the broader academic and industrial biotechnology communities in the Boston area. The agreement with PHI represents the next step in establishing collaborative links with the life sciences industry and positioning Northeastern as a comprehensive imaging cytometry and technology center in line with other Distinguished Centers of Research Excellence affiliated with the Department,” said Mansoor Amiji, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences’ School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University.
“Our facility already has state-of the-art technology for complex pharmaceutical studies of stained cells and tissues. PHI’s technology brings us the capability to visualize and quantify cells without stains that can interfere with cellular physiology. The ability to obtain holographic time-lapse videos with all of the cells in focus allows us to identify specific stages of the cell cycle affected by experimental pharmacological compounds,” added Ed Luther, manager of Northeastern’s Core Imaging and Cytometry facility.
“The HoloMonitor® technology is a strictly non-invasive method. Live cellular events can not only be visualized but also quantified without the use of stains in both single measurements and long-term studies. We look forward to support Northeastern’s presentation of what we believe will be ground-breaking results in scientific conferences and peer-reviewed publications,” said Egelberg.