We are a lab studying SARS-CoV-2, so we were very pleased with how easy it was to install the Maestro Z system in our BSL3 lab and start collecting data the same day
Setting up experiments is quite straight forward with the plate map editor that allows you to design concentration response curves in a few clicks. This along with the new Maestro Z App that allows tracking of my experiments on my smartphone makes for a very nice user experience. The Maestro Z assay is very sensitive allowing us to detect virus-induced effects within 24 hours after infection, much faster than a plaque assay. We also appreciate that the machine provides kinetic results with very fine resolution allowing us to watch as the infection progresses over time. Finally, the customer support we have received from Axion has been nothing short of exceptional.
The Axion software made the Lumos incredibly easy to use.
Additionally, the Axion team was incredibly responsive to any questions we had regarding the device and how to use it. For us, it was one of those few pieces of lab equipment we could plug in, turn on, and use with very little fuss. We paired it with Axion's OptiClear plates for imaging of our neurons post-light stimulation.
Dr. Claire McGregor
Northwestern University, USA
Good software, reliable device, happy with results.
We have been using Maestro MEA system for over 5 years in both Yale University and later Purdue University.
This instrument has been a very positive addition to our lab. It is high-throughput and can study the firing properties of neurons in their normal culture medium over long time periods at different temperature settings. Importantly, its software is free, easy to use, and the heatmap display is visually attractive. Many of the images displayed in the software can be readily converted to publication quality figures, which is very neat. The customer support has also been very good.
Dr Yang Yang
Perdue University, USA
Great instrument - produces lots of data for publication.
The Maestro MEA system is extremely easy to operate and acquire data
The user-friendly software is very nice and visualizes neural activity from multiple wells in real-time, and it is intuitive. Our lab members can easily operate and smoothly conduct experiments with drug and electrical stimulations. Since the temperature and CO2 environment are well maintained, long-term continuous measurement is possible. In addition, the MEA plates delivered are well managed, and customer support is very good.
Dr Ikuro Suzuki
Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan
Easy-to-use, high throughput electrophysiological platform.
We found the Maestro Z to be extremely user-friendly with simple, yet powerful software.
The setup was also easy and non-disruptive to other work since it does not require any space in the incubators. The system is very sensitive, detecting subtle differences in breast cancer cell migration to provide quantitative data for our work that was not as easily obtained with other methods. This is a great system for easily monitoring cell behavior in real-time.
MEA recording was easy, very straightforward and intuitive.
This is a non-intrusive and simple way to measure electrical and functional abilities of neuronal cultures. It's giving us interesting results and has been a great addition to our work. This is a new endeavor for the field of neuroscience… We wholeheartedly encourage many research labs to use this technology…
Dr. Celia Cui
University of South Carolina, USA
Fascinating results, easy to use, important for publication.