GRID Technology

What are GRIDs?

  • 256 cell-culture chambers
  • 1.8 mm x 1.8 mm area per chamber
  • < 1 µl working volume per chamber
Single-cell cloning in optically clear chambers and small volumes
GRIDs comprise the core of an automated and streamlined single-cell isolation and cloning workflow developed by iotaSciences. The chambers' small size and optical clarity allows highy reliable in-chamber verification of clonality with the isoHub directly after plating, while the isoCell or isoPick automate all tedious liquid handling steps.
Image of a GRID chamber containing a single cell

How are GRIDs made?

Chamber Formation

isoCell's microjet technology carves individual chambers out of immiscible liquids
A thin film of cell media (or stem-cell coatings) is reshaped using a fluid microjet of FC40STAR to create an array of 256 chambers on a 6 cm dish. The approach exploits interfacial tension and chambers are separated, throughout the entire workflow, by FC40STAR - an immiscible fluorocarbon.

Dispensing Cells

Isolate up to 94 single cells in a single 6 cm dish
Your cells are automatically dispensed in nanoliter volumes into the individual GRID chambers. Single cells are clearly visible in the GRID chambers through a standard microscope (4x objective) due to the optical clarity and small chamber size. This enables easy verification of monoclonality immediately after dispensing.

GRID benefits

Features GRID-chambers Well-plate Flat-bottom dish
Features GRID-chambers
Physically separated cell environments
One-step surface coating
Single cells visible at edges
Single cells visible directly after plating
Low reagent consumption

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