Nikon Instruments has announced a strategic partnership with Lunaphore to enhance spatial biology services access in the US.

Lunaphore is part of the Spatial Biology Division of Bio-Techne.

The collaboration aims to provide biotech, pharma, and academic institutions in the US with tools, including the Lunaphore’s COMET platform.

Designed for superior tissue profiling capabilities, the COMET is the only fully-automated platform, utilising standard, non-conjugated antibodies for protein detection.

US-based Nikon BioImaging Lab, which was established by Nikon in the Greater Boston area, Massachusetts, serves as a centre for contract imaging solutions, AI-enhanced analysis, and bioassay development.

This partnership will combine Nikon’s expertise in microscopy-based imaging with Lunaphore’s advanced spatial biology technology.

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Nikon BioImaging Lab general manager Fumiki Yanagawa said: “We are pleased to provide spatial biology assay services using Lunaphore’s automated COMET platform for hyperplex immunofluorescence alongside the broad range of imaging solutions we offer with our Nikon microscopes.

“Spatial biology is a dynamic area of innovation that will shed new light on healthcare and further our understanding of human disease and health.”

The COMET platform will now be accessible to Nikon customers, along with Lunaphore’s HORIZON image analysis software, designed to analyse COMET hyperplex images.

Nikon and Lunaphore will leverage their expertise in microscopy-based imaging and analysis to offer COMET technology and spatial biology to the larger scientific community.

Bio-Techne Diagnostics & Genomics Segment president Matt McManus said: “The deployment of COMET at the Nikon BioImaging Lab ensures that an expanded base of customers and researchers across the US can access the cutting-edge capabilities of our spatial biology solutions.

“This strategic partnership reflects Bio-Techne and Nikon’s shared commitment to bringing outstanding innovation to scientists and helping push the boundaries of research.”

Last year, Bio-Techne launched a new RNAscope multiomic workflow for the Standard BioTools Hyperion Imaging System.