GRID Technology

What are GRIDs?

• 256 cell-culture chambers
• 1.8 mm x 1.8 mm area per chamber
• < 1 ┬Ál working volume per chamber

Single-cell cloning in optically clear chambers and small volumes

GRIDs comprise the core of isoCell's automated single-cell cloning workflow. The chambers' small size and optical clarity allows in-chamber verification of single-cell clonality on standard brightfield microscopes directly after plating.

GRIDs on a 6 cm dish and isolated single cells in GRID chambers

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 features

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

Publications and Other Resources

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