single-cell printer™

the single-cell printer™

The patented single-cell isolation 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.

The cell sample is pipetted into the cartridge and an external actuator is used to eject droplets out of it. The integrated optical sensor allows for determination of cell number in each droplet. A fast shutter mechanism sorts the droplets containing exactly one single-cell into the substrate. Unwanted droplets are deflected into waste.

single-cell printer™

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.

dispensing cartridge

cytena’s single-cell printer is a benchtop size, automated laboratory instrument. Thanks to its intuitive and user-friendly software, it can be easily operated by each lab member without requiring special skills. The instrument setup time is less than 10 minutes. Filling e.g. a 96-well plate with single cells takes a few minutes only.