Leica Microsystems and the Biomedical Center (BMC) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich have announced the opening of the Leica Bioimaging Center, a core facility at the BMC for the use of bioimaging in applied cell research. Leica will use the premises as a reference and demo center. The new facilities are aimed to foster collaboration between microscope developers and users to generate new light microscopy techniques.
The Leica Bioimaging Center is the biggest Leica center in Europe, and is open to prospective users from other research centers. Super-resolution STED (Stimulated Emission Depletion) and Light-Sheet microscopes are available in the center. These techniques allow molecule and cell structure observation at the nanoscale. New products developed by Leica will be available there before being released to the marketplace.
The BMC was opened four months ago at the HighTechCampus of the LMU. It consists of 60 research groups that focus on applied cell research, a discipline that connects basic research with clinical applications. Among other microscopes in the center, researchers will find a 3D super-resolution system Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X with integrated light sheet module, two Leica TCS SP8 MP multiphoton systems, two Leica TCS SP8 confocal microscopes and one high-end widefield microscope Leica DMi8 for live cell research.
The BMC will be inaugurated on February 17th with a multidisciplinar symposium focused on cell program observation by advanced microscopic techniques.