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ioLight meets Dutch and British Royal Families

It was an enormous privilege to meet members of the British and Dutch Royal Families the ioLight microscope with Their Majesties the King and Queen of The Netherlands and Their Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex at the Netherlands UK Innovation showcase yesterday as part of the Dutch State Visit to the UK. The conversation was really interesting and the royal party showed a strong understanding of how a laboratory grade pocket microscope could change the world. Prince Edward observed that our price was about the same as a pair of binoculars.

Huge thanks to the Royal Family for posting this wonderful video so quickly.

#TheVideoShow reviews the ioLight video

ioLight portable microscope video review

#TheVideoShow 64 ioLight pocket microscope video

Great video, tiny microscope

Every company needs a video! On a hot summer’s day in 2016 ioLight’s Andrew Monk went pond dipping in Whitchurch’s beautiful Millenium Meadow with Mark Harman of Red Book Productions. The result was ioLight’s Product Demonstration video, which shows Andrew using the ioLight pocket microscope in the field.

A couple of months later, and several degrees cooler,  Mark and Andrew met up again to discuss how they made the microscope video and how it has helped ioLight’s business.

You can watch their conversation in episode 64 of #TheVideoShow.

Lab resolution in your pocket

The ioLight video field microscope is the world’s first portable high resolution microscope. It delivers beautiful images and videos from the microscope directly onto a tablet or phone so that the whole team can see and share them. Image quality is similar to that of a laboratory microscope, but the ioLight microscope fits into your pocket, so you can take it anywhere.

The ioLight pocket microscope is already being used by Cambridge and Exeter universities, Bayer, The Eden Project and many other researchers and teachers that want to take science into the field or seminar room without compromising on quality.

In the video, ioLight’s Andrew Monk explains his personal passion for communicating science. The ioLight microscope is an invaluable tool for STEM education because it is so portable and simple to use but still delivers great quality images that are easy to paste into homework or Nobel Prize winning reports. Young scientists particularly love seeing images and videos from the microscope on the screen of a tablet, which is less complicated than a traditional laboratory microscope and less expensive too.

Watch #TheVideoShow to see how Mark and Andrew got on making the video and how easy it is to use compared with a laboratory microscope.

ioLight and Bayer present the first professional pocket microscope, at the London Vet Show

Bayer is delighted to present the ioLight microscope on its stand at the London Vet Show 2016.

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Until now, the only way to diagnose disease accurately using a microscope has been to take samples and send them back to a laboratory for expensive and time-consuming tests, carried out by experienced pathologists. With the arrival of the ioLight microscope however,  vets can immediately look at the sample and be able to either reassure pet owners or farmers , or prioritise  laboratory diagnosis and treatment, if they are concerned.

Launched in 2016, the ioLight microscope is the first professional-quality pocket digital microscope.  It fits in a jacket pocket, is simple to use and robust. It unfolds quickly to record and share 5MP still images and real time HD video at a magnification of x200 on an iPad Air®.

The resolution is 1 micron – that’s 1/1,000 mm – powerful enough to see the structure of plant and animal cells. The product uses standard microscope slides and features adjustable top and bottom illumination for use on both biological and opaque samples. It is particularly good for live samples, which can deteriorate on the journey back to the lab, and it works anywhere, even without a WiFi or mobile phone network. at what can be one of the most stressful times for  animal owners.

ioLight is delighted to have been asked to assist Bayer on their stand at the London Vet Show. The microscope will be used to demonstrate Bayer’s products, with both Andrew Monk and Richard Williams, the founders of ioLight, in attendance.

James Crawford, Head of Marketing at Bayer, says “Bayer is delighted to present the ioLight microscope on our stand at the London Vet Show 2016. The microscope provides  fantastically clear images and is simple to use, showing off Bayer’s products for all our customers to see.”

Vets also experience problems at the side of the pen on the farm.  In the past, farmers have treated their livestock regularly for worms. However, there is now a strong move by governments to reduce the amount of drugs in the food chain and tackle resistance and vets are increasingly encouraged to test animals for parasites before treatment, to avoid over-prescription. This means sending samples off to the lab, which can lead to delays in treatment.

Professor Mike Taylor, a recognised veterinary expert and Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College, is in the process of evaluating the ioLight microscope as a tool for the diagnosis of parasitic infections of domestic animals. Normally he uses a laboratory microscope for this work but they are not routinely used on a farm. He has also tried a portable digital microscope, but finds it does not give the resolution required for identification of protozoan parasite species or for counting nematode eggs. Professor Taylor says “The ioLight’s portability, image quality and connectivity to the Apple iPad® offer great potential for the development of rapid methods for identifying parasites, or determining parasite burdens.  I can envisage its use by both veterinarians and suitably trained livestock farmers, in the practice laboratory or directly on the farm”.

Andrew Monk, founder of ioLight, says “Since our launch earlier this year we have seen a massive interest from the veterinary sector. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate our microscope to such a large audience, and are looking forward to working with Bayer.”

Come and see the ioLight microscope on the Bayer stand, R20 at the London Vet Show, 17 – 18 November at Excel. Visit http://www.londonvetshow.co.uk/ for more information about the show.

For further information visit  iolight.co.uk or email Andrew Monk  at andrew.monk@iolight.co.uk.

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The Pathologist reviews “Small but Mighty” ioLight microscope

Small, But Mighty

Does microscope portability always mean a compromise in image quality? Possibly not…

The Pathologist, July/August 2016

The Pathologist says: Picture a laboratory and many of us get the same image: a set of benchtops crowded with equipment from thermocyclers to hot plates. Dominating the scene is the king of the lab, a large microscope with a bulky stage, illuminator, and perhaps even a computer or digital camera attachment. We’ve all seen – probably even worked in – laboratories just like this. But this kind of setup doesn’t work for everyone, especially pathologists who are “on the road” teaching, training, or working in remote field environments. Those pathologists need an entirely different kind of microscope – but unfortunately, their options to date have not been great. Portable microscopes usually mean a compromise on image quality, whereas the instruments that could provide the detail and resolution needed for definitive diagnosis are too large, sensitive, and resource-intensive for field use. It’s clear that we need a better solution – and that’s where I hope our new take on field microscopy comes in.

At a Glance

  • Current microscopes, both optical and digital, tend to offer either high-resolution images (<1 μm) or easy portability – but rarely both
  • Devices that can be taken into remote field situations or used for teaching often lack stages, stands and illuminators – features necessary for capturing high-quality images
  • We have developed a new model of digital microscope that uses a foldable design to combine sample support and illumination with portability
  • Devices like these pave the way to not only better patient care – especially under difficult conditions – but also teaching, training and public engagement

See the full article at https://thepathologist.com/issues/0716/small-but-mighty/ (Free login required for the full article)

Demonstration video: Using a high resolution microscope in the field

Video demonstration by ioLight co-founder Andrew Monk of just how easy it is to use the microscope. Andrew dips into the ponds of the beautiful Millennium Meadow in Whitchurch, and finds some interesting pond life. He shows just how simple it is to set up the microscope and capture images and videos of microscopic protozoa directly onto an iPad. With a resolution of 1 micron, the microscope captures even the smallest of pond life.

The full specifications and pricing of the microscope are available at iolight.co.uk .

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Microscopy and Analysis features ioLight

Microscopy and Analysis, the well respected professional magazine, recently featured an editorial on the ioLight microscope. Microscopy and Analysis is the leading international journal for microscopists, with over 46,000 subscribers and 120,000 readers worldwide.

Microscopy and Analysis says

“UK-based start up, ioLight, has launched what is described as the first high resolution pocket digital microscope.

According to the company, the instrument displays beautiful images on an iPad for sharing and pasting into reports.
For the first time scientists of all ages can capture and share professional quality images in the field instead of bringing samples back to the lab.”

ioLight reached finals of UK Business Angels Association award

UK Business Angels Association announces that ioLight has is an Award Finalist for its prestigious “Best Equity Crowdfunded & Angel Investment Award”

The UKBAA awards celebrate the achievement and impact of the UK Angel investment communities and their role in backing the UK’s most exciting high growth businesses

Now in their 11th year, the annual UK Angel Investment Awards recognise the high growth and success of the UK’s fastest growing brands, acknowledging the angels, crowdfund and early stage venture capital investors supporting them from start-up to scale-up.

The competition highlights the role played by the investors, the growth potential of ioLight as well as the impact the funding has had on the company in terms of supporting its plans to achieve high growth going forward. This award is sponsored by the Isle of Man Government.