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September 27, 2014

Mtg: Human Cell Analysis: The Technology Behind the World’s Most Common Diagnostic Test

by @ 9:57 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays
 

TUESDAY November 4, 2014
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
– blood count, kinds of cells, biomedical research, innovations …
Speaker: Giacomo Vacca, Kinetic River Corp.
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, Bldg. 5, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.CaliforniaConsultants.com

Cell analysis is a bit like the air we breathe: nobody thinks about it much, but try taking it away and people take rapid notice.  Without cell analysis, it would be impossible to perform blood counting — a routine diagnostic test performed about 300 million times a year worldwide.
Each of us has about 6 quarts of blood, which contains some 1011 white blood cells, 1012 platelets, and 1014 red blood cells.  Tweak any of them by some percentage points and you get serious disease — anemia and leukemia just to name the best-known ones.  Accurate counting and identification of the different kinds of cells in blood is therefore critical to distinguishing between illness and health.
Counting and analyzing blood and other types of cells is absolutely ubiquitous and an extremely important aspect of both health care and biomedical research.  This talk will show how cell analysis is done today, and what exciting innovations are coming out that will revolutionize how it will be done tomorrow.

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