Definiens launches automated image analyser for cell-based assays
10 February 2006
Munich, Germany. Definiens AG, developer of intelligent image
analysis solutions for remote sensing, has launched Cellenger, its first
automated Multivariate Image Analysis (MVA) system for cell-based assays.
The company claims Cellenger represents a new generation of intelligent
applications for cellular image analysis. It is a set of workflow tools and
modular image analysis components which, when combined with any of the
Definiens Enterprise Client Applications, provides a complete system for
working with cell-based assays. It can be adopted simultaneously in multiple
environments to augment the workflow from a single user to a multiple users
in an enterprise wide environment.
In comparison to other conventional pixel-based technology, Cellenger
uses its novel object-oriented, context-based, hierarchical network process
to analyze images. It improves safety through reduction in attrition rate
and liability risk, identifies more lead compounds with higher quality by
delivering consistent and quality results in shorter time and at lower cost.
Initially focusing on earth observation/remote sensing by analysing
satellite and aerial images with its novel techniques, Definiens moved into
developing image-analysis solutions to accelerate the drug discovery and
development, and diagnostics processes in life sciences.
"We are very excited to introduce our first Enterprise Image Intelligence
Application to the market. With Cellenger MVA both experts and non-experts
can equally access and utilize the power of Definiens image analysis
technology at their finger tips. Cellenger MVA's multivariate and modular
approach takes image analysis away from today's limitations and opens a new
door in the assessment of safety and toxicity of therapeutic candidates, for
example a cell body can be detected automatically without the presence of a
nucleus", says Thomas Heydler, President and CEO of Definiens, AG.
"Definiens Cellenger software for MVA incorporates the essential tools
for scientists doing high content image analysis. By using object-oriented
image analysis, the software provides elegant solutions to complex image
analysis problems. Development of image analysis protocols through the use
of tunable modules, while maintaining the possibility to also write your own
customized algorithms, enables both intermediate users and experts to
benefit from the software." Says Arne Heydorn, Senior Scientist at BioImage,
The worldwide shipping of Cellenger MVA is planned to start in the second
quarter of 2006.