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Sony DADC and SCHOTT Develop Glass-Plastic Hybrid Cell Imaging Slide

The highly robust and ultra-flat glass-plastic hybrid chip enables high resolution cell imaging and is highly attractive for confocal microscopy applications.
The new glass-plastic hybrid cell imaging slide, developed by Sony DADC und SCHOTT. Source: Sony DADC.
The new glass-plastic hybrid cell imaging slide, developed by Sony DADC und SCHOTT. Source: Sony DADC.
Salzburg (Austria) & Jena (Germany), October 7, 2013 – Sony DADC BioSciences, the world leader in the manufacturing of microstructured polymer products, and SCHOTT AG, an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glass, materials and advanced technologies, have pooled their expertise to develop a novel glass-polymer cell detection slide for imaging of cells. The slide will be introduced to the public for the first time at the Biotechnica exhibition in Hannover from October 8 - 10, 2013, and will be the basis for a range of products based on the hybrid design.

“Our engineers designed and developed the glass-plastic hybrid that guarantees superior performance such as flatness, thin chamber design and lowest background fluorescence and is virtually unbreakable. We are certain this product will be embraced by researchers and pathologists who use confocal microscopy,” says Dr. Christoph Mauracher, Senior Vice President of the BioSciences division of Sony DADC.

“This product is a great example of what happens when two companies pool their technologies and come up with new applications for traditional materials. We are very excited about the positive customer feedback we have received and are looking forward to the commercialization of the product through the sales channels of both SCHOTT AG companies and Sony DADC,” says Dr. Reiner Mauch, Head of Business Development of SCHOTT.

To learn more, please contact Sony DADC BioSciences and visit the new website: /

Sony DADC is a leading disc and digital service provider for the entertainment, education and information industries, offering world-class digital and physical supply chain solutions and software services. Building on the company’s experience in high-precision manufacturing, its mass production capability and supply chain expertise, Sony DADC’s BioSciences division partners with life sciences and diagnostics companies to enable industrial manufacturing of smart consumables. Sony DADC’s global set-up comprises production sites, distribution hubs, digital & service facilities in 19 countries worldwide, including Japan, the US and Europe. For more information, please visit:

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
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