dispensing cartridge


single-cell suspensions

max. 80 µl sample

<1 µl dead volume


single use disposable

non-contact dispensing

no cross-contamination



single packed

sample load by pipetting


animal-component free

BSE / TSE free

no cytotoxic materials

Details cartridge

The patented single-cell dispensing technology, developed by cytena, enables fully automated isolation of single cells into standard microwell plate formats. The instrument uses an inkjet-like principle featuring a disposable, one-way dispensing cartridge.

This cartridge holds your sample in a small reservoir. From here, cells are transported into the micro-fluidic chip. When the cartridge is loaded, it can simply be attached to the dispenser. The dispensers piezo-electric plunger generates tiny droplets of cell suspension from the cartridge without being in direct contact to the sample.

Every droplet that contains a single-cell of interest can be sorted into your desired substrate. Dispense as many single cells you need with one cartridge. Once you change samples or have isolated a sufficient amount of cells, just detach the cartridge and dispose it.

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cytena's disposable, one-way cartridge takes up to 80 μl of cell sample. The single-packed, sterilized cartridges can simply be loaded by hand-pipetting. Its silicon micro-fluidic chip generates free-flying picoliter droplets acting as transport vessels for the cells. One cartridge can fill many well-plates with single cells. After use, the cartridge is disposed. This innovative approach prevents cross-contamination and saves extensive cleaning steps.


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