Why Levitate?

Unlock a new dimension in cellular analysis.

Simple and efficient
Simple and efficient

With Magnetic Levitation Technology there are no complicated fluidics or preparation steps. Simply load the sample and process it.

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Undamaged cells
Undamaged cells

Live cells speak louder. Unlike all other sorting methods, levitation is gentle on the cells and does not damage or injure cells.

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Unlabeled
Unlabeled

Remove bias from cell analysis by eliminating labels and dyes. Catch cells based on what they are, not what marker they expressed.

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How It Works

Levitas technology separates individual cells according to type or state based on the different levitation heights caused by their unique magnetic and density signatures.

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How It Works

Levitas technology can also be used to separate cells based on real-time response to drugs and stressors without the need to culture or label the cells.

The platform is simple, allowing users to begin with unprocessed whole blood samples or any sample with cells in suspension. In a matter of minutes, the instrument and its software automatically perform levitation; label-free separation; quantification of results based on high-resolution imaging; and analysis by cell number, morphology, and levitation profile. Both brightfield and fluorescence images are collected providing the user with complete information.

Application areas we are exploring

Sample Prep

Sample Prep

Especially useful with precious or difficult samples, magnetic levitation allows users to separate live from dead cells in a fast, simple and gentle process.

Oncology

Oncology

For detection and screening of circulating tumor cells, the Levitas system solves key technical challenges.

Immunology

Immunology

Accurate separation and identification of key cell types, such as activated leukocytes, could overcome key challenges in CAR-T therapy.

Bacteriology

Bacteriology

Real-time drug response offers a fast, accurate, and simple approach to bacterial detection and antibiotic resistance testing.

Stem Cells

Stem Cells

Effective, fast, and simple separation of differentiated cells from stem cells and iPSC, allows a culture of homogeneous cell populations.

What would you levitate?

We are always curious to learn about potential application areas for our technology. If you have ideas for research and collaboration, let us know!

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How It Works

Magnetic levitation is the first truly novel approach to cellular analysis in 30 years. Extensive research has shown that cells of different types or states have unique magnetic and density signatures, levitating in predictable ways when they encounter a magnetic field. Here’s how it works.

Sample Introduction

Introduce a sample of mixed cells (or cells to be analyzed) through the intake device. Cells are aspirated through the primary channel to approach the Levitas magnetic system.

Step 1

Magnetic Levitation

By flowing cells through a channel surrounded by magnets, Levitas technology separates individual cells according to type or state based on the different levitation heights caused by the unique magnetic and density signatures. This offers a higher-resolution view — and therefore a more complete picture of cellular heterogeneity.

Step 2

Stabilization & Measuring

The different cell types stabilize at different levitation heights. As the sample flows through the system, different cell types can be counted and collected.

Step 3

Cell Separation

By continuing to aspirate the sample, the levitated cells transition to a bifurcated tube that separates cells in the top chamber from the lower chamber.

Step 4

Collection

The separated cell populations are then collected into two collection tubes based on the levitation profile.

Step 5