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Science transformed into art: Stunning high-definition images of the inner workings of cells

January 18, 2010

Life Sciences

Winners of GE Healthcare’s IN Cell Image Competition announced

GE Healthcare, a unit of GE (NYSE:GE), announced the winners of this year’s IN Cell Image Competition at the High Content Analysis (HCA) Conference in San Francisco, USA, last week. Each of the three regional winners, from Asia, Europe and North America, has won a trip to New York City in March 2010  to see their images shown on NBC’s high-definition TV screen in Times Square.

See all the short-listed images at and a short film here

This year’s competition saw over 70 beautiful images generated by scientists from around the world using the IN Cell Analyzer system. An expert scientific panel, short-listed 30 entries, which were then opened to public vote and to delegates at the leading HCA Conference in San Francisco. This year’s competition was again supported by BioTechniques.

“Gaining insight into the complex workings of cells in their true biological context helps scientists deepen their understanding of their chosen field of research,” said Dr Stephen Minger, Head of Research and Development, Cell Technologies, GE Healthcare: “This year we have seen entries from diverse disciplines, including cancer research, depression, neurological diseases, obesity and dermatology. This illustrates the increasing adoption of high content analysis as an integral tool in the research arsenal.”

High Content Analysis (HCA) has become essential in many areas of life science research and drug discovery. HCA employs cellular assays in a high throughput imaging and analysis format, which facilitates more complex experiments in true biological context, and helps scientists get better data and learn more about cellular systems more quickly.

The exceptional image quality of GE Healthcare’s IN Cell Analyzer is a pre-requisite for the generation of good data in imaging assays, as exemplified once again by the high quality of entries in the 2009/2010 competition. The system is also offered with a variety of award-winning, easy-to-use flexible software tools, which can cope with a wide range of assays to aid rapid data interpretation. IN Cell Analyzer customers can also receive reliable, specialist support from GE Healthcare, including the unique remote support of Bio Insite™.

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About GE Healthcare’s IN Cell Analyzer
IN Cell Analyzer is a modular imaging system for fast and automated High Content Analysis (HCA). This advanced and highly sensitive platform enables scientists to study cellular processes in their true biological context, in research and drug discovery. It offers high-throughput microscopy in combination with modern cellular assays and robotic handling for automated cellular imaging and analysis. The IN Cell Analyzer provides one of the most versatile HCA portfolios on the market and is exceptional in its modularity, completeness and ease of use. It has been recognized by the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award. For more detailed information on the IN Cell suite, visit

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

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