With several hypoxic workstations and incubators on the market, you might be wondering what sets Whitley Hypoxystations apart? Read on to find out...
1. Create physiologically relevant conditions for your cells
Hypoxia affects a variety of different cell types in the body including blood, muscle, neuronal, epithelial, immune, and countless others. The amount of oxygen received by each cell type can vary greatly, and with a Hypoxystation you can specify the exact concentration required, from 0.1% to 20% or anything in-between.
2. Mimic the tumour microenvironment
Although the tumour microenvironment does not have a defined oxygen concentration, there are hypoxic regions. The generation and disruption of the intricate blood vasculature supporting the tumour can change the amount of oxygen it receives. To mimic this, we developed oxygen profiling software which allows the user to rapidly cycle between different oxygen concentrations.
3. Manipulate your cells in comfort
We recognise that researchers may need to spend lengthy amounts of time manipulating cells in the Hypoxystation, so we developed our patented oval port holes. Not only do these provide a comfortable resting position for the forearms, they also allow for greater manoeuvrability inside the workstation, ensuring that nothing is ever out of reach.
4. Clean with ease
Regular cleaning of a Hypoxystation contributes to maintaining a sterile environment for your research. A Hypoxystation can be specified with a removable front, which can be removed in a matter of seconds. This facilitates easy and thorough cleaning, along with allowing for the introduction of larger pieces of laboratory equipment if required.
5. Time-saving touches
Airlocks are a key feature of all Whitley Hypoxystations, allowing for the introduction of equipment and samples to the main chamber environment. Designed to eradicate as much oxygen as possible, airlock cycles minimise the level of oxygen disturbance before objects enter the modified atmosphere. Cycle times vary depending on the size of the airlock, taking anywhere from 20 seconds to 5 minutes.
6. Confidence with traceability
A Whitley Hypoxystation constantly monitors the internal oxygen levels, and this information is in turn recorded by our data logging software. Up to 31 days of information can be stored on the Hypoxystation which allows the researcher to easily review the oxygen levels and assess how to further optimise their experiments.
7. Designed with the user in mind
The intuitive colour touchscreen controls and displays the status of all parameters simultaneously. Alarm conditions are displayed clearly and PIN code access provides additional security, whilst the unique humidification system takes care of any excess moisture – so you don’t have to!