MSU, German Company Open Advanced Imaging Research Center

Michigan State University in East Lansing and a German-based scientific imaging company have opened a new center designed to drive discoveries and insights from scientific research performed using state-of-the-art imaging systems.
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MSU in East Lansing and Leica Microsystems have opened a new center designed to drive discoveries. // Photo courtesy of Leica

Michigan State University in East Lansing and a German-based scientific imaging company have opened a new center designed to drive discoveries and insights from scientific research performed using state-of-the-art imaging systems.

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at MSU, located at 775 Woodlot Drive, and Leica Microsystems Inc., have joined forces to open the MSU IQ Leica Microsystems Center of Excellence.

The center features confocal and widefield microscopy technology such as Leica SP8 DIVE multiphoton imaging, allowing researchers to capture images and video of cellular and molecular processes.

“Advanced imaging technologies are a core competence of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, and the recognition by Leica as a Center of Excellence is an honor and will help advance scientific inquiry across multiple fields of integrative sciences,” says Christopher Contag, director of MSU’s Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering.

The center will provide feedback necessary to drive innovation in software, systems, and workflow solutions while informing future applications and advanced imaging.

“At Leica Microsystems, we are actively seeking to collaborate with leading research institutions,” says Douglas Giszczynski, director of academic programs for Leica Microsystems Americas. “Michigan State scientists are world-renowned, and their dedication to advancing our understanding of the mechanisms of life is truly inspiring. We at Leica Microsystems are proud that they have chosen us as collaborators on this road to discovery.”

Leica develops and manufactures microscopes and scientific instruments for the analysis of microstructures and nanostructures.

“With this agreement, we’re enabling researchers at Michigan State to push beyond boundaries of what can be visualized and quantified and fulfilling Leica Microsystems’ mission to provide unrivaled insight for our customers,” says Greg Eppink, general manager of microscopy for Leica Microsystems Americas. “We look forward to continuing this exciting alliance for years to come – it’s an honor to serve the future of scientific research in collaboration with this top-tier institution.”

A virtual ceremony took place on Thursday, Oct. 22 to launch the opening. It was followed by presentations by MSU researchers discussing imaging applications.

Leica has six major plants and product development sites in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the U.S., and Singapore.

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