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March 23, 2005  

Semrock Announces Improvements to Manufacturing Process – Dramatically Lowers the Barrier to Entry for “Zero Pixel Shift” Fluorescence Imaging Applications

Rochester, N.Y. - Semrock, Inc., manufacturer of the award-winning BrightLine™ high-performance fluorescence filters, has announced improvements to its already cutting-edge manufacturing process. Scientists who previously could not afford the top-level "zero pixel shift" performance option can now do so for the first time ever. "Zero pixel shift" can help scientists make critical medical and scientific advancements.

BrightLine ZERO™ fluorescence filter sets offer excellent image registration and are ideal for fluorescence microscopists who want to make perfect multicolor composite images. "Zero pixel shift" set-to-set image registration is advantageous for demanding but popular applications such as co-localization fluorescence measurements, fluorescence resonant energy transfer (FRET), fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and comparative genomic hybridization (CSG).

By taking advantage of significant process improvements Semrock is now able to offer the certified, ultralow-pixel-shift, BrightLine ZERO configuration for the unheard of increment of only $99 over the price of the already high-performance, yet affordable, BrightLine standard filter sets.

"By offering end-users this unparalleled performance at such low price, and even stocking these filters for rapid delivery, doors are now opened to a much wider audience of discriminating researchers," says Dr. Victor Mizrahi, President & CEO of Semrock, Inc. "For far too long, researchers have had to cut corners and buy filters without zero-pixel-shift. With Semrock's improved manufacturing process and proven filter reliability, customers can now afford critical features that will meet their needs for years to come."

Semrock's patented BrightLine fluorescence filters already provide the highest peak transmission for maximum brightness, while simultaneously providing superior contrast for high specificity. All Semrock filters are made exclusively with dense hard-coating technology, and without any adhesives in the optical path. Their exceptional optical performance is made possible by combining state-of-the-art Ion Beam Sputtering deposition with Semrock's proprietary optical-monitoring and other manufacturing technologies.




About Semrock:
Semrock manufactures high-performance optical filters that set the standard in optical filters for the biotech and analytical instrumentation markets. Semrock products include the highly acclaimed BrightLine™ series of fluorescence filters for microscopy, flow cytometry and other fluorescence-based instrumentation, exceptional filters for Raman spectroscopy, and unique biomedical laser system optics. Semrock's innovative products are made possible by combining modern ion-beam sputtering with Semrock's proprietary technology. Founded in September 2000, Semrock is based in Rochester, New York, a well-known center of optics, and has sales offices throughout the United States. For additional information about Semrock, its products, and its team of international distributors, visit the company website at www.semrock.com.

Amanda Valek-MacDonald
Semrock, a Unit of IDEX Corporation