Levitation 101

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 physical signatures, levitating in predictable ways when they encounter a magnetic density field. Here’s how it works.


Sample Introduction

Dispense a sample of mixed cells (or cells to be analyzed) into the single use consumable. Cells flow into the analysis channel and are levitated. 

Step 2

Magnetic Levitation

By flowing cells through a channel surrounded by magnets, LevitasBio technology separates individual cells according to type or state based on the different levitation heights caused by the unique physical properties. 


Stabilization & Measuring

The different cell types stabilize at different levitation heights. As the sample flows through the system, different cell types are analyzed and collected.


Cell Separation

By continuing to aspirate the sample, the levitated cells transition to a bifurcation that separates cells into the different ports on the consumable. 



The separated cell populations are then pipetted out of the consumable. 

Download the PNAS publication on magnetic levitation of single cells.