GelCount by Oxford Optronix

Manufacturer Oxford Optronix  |   Model: GELCOUNT  |  Available Worldwide
4.8
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5.0
  |  9 reviews
The leading colony and spheroid counter for cancer biologists


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Average Rating: 4.8
9 Scientists have reviewed this product

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Value for money


Good and can be easier to navigate
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area: Cout number of colonies in soft agar plates

"The equipment is good enough for analyzing the number of colonies, giving the colony count pretty quickly. It would be better if the ease of saving the images with and without colony counts is better."

Review date: 11 Oct 2017 | GelCount
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Sahlgrenska Cancer Center



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
This instrument has saved me countless hours.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Sphere culture counting of floating colonies

"The gel count is a wonderful addition to our lab, due to its ease of use, simple set up and consistent behaviour we have increased our flow rate by a factor of ten. Previously we manually counted colonies which was time and cost prohibitive, now we can plan and execute much larger experiments and gain much more consistent results than before. I would highly recommend."

Review date: 11 Oct 2017 | GelCount
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: MSKCC



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Great
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:toxicity study, renal cancer

"High quality & efficient, easy to use, user friendly"

Review date: 11 Oct 2017 | GelCount
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Wayne State University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Makes my life easier
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Quantify surviving fractions after PhotoDynamic Therapy

"This product has many ingenious features that makes counting colonies easy and reduces operator error among replicates. Colonies can be defined by many parameters such as diameter, shape, and contrast (density). It is even possible to count without prior staining."

Review date: 21 Jul 2017 | GelCount
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Efficiency, confidence and good-value system!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Drug screening using clonogenic assay

"The instrument increases efficiency by reducing the time needed to count colonies. The picture of the plate and markup of each colony provides confidence on the counts. Data exporting into table format avoids any mistake during transfer of data. Pricing for the the system is just right for the advantages of the system. Technically, marking each colony with various characteristics provides tools to decide with confidence on the correct colony to count."

Review date: 21 Jul 2017 | GelCount
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Erasmus MC



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Simple, unbiased and fast colony counting makes peoples want to use this machine.
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Colony survival assay on adherent mammalian cell lines

"The product is very easy to use and very important for our unbiased quantification of the number of colonies. The tray loading is sometimes a difficult process, since the tray can flip out of its position when inserting or when scanned. The Gelcount program should be updated more often, since the oldest version is still the best, but can be improved significantly. The new updates do not improve the program unfortunately. The price for maintenance is to high unfortunately. Only 10cm dishes from Thermo Scientific can be used in this machine. The height is essential since the other brands are too high unfortunately. Most dishes are 20 mm in height, but 15 mm is optimal since they will not move when scanned in the machine. "

Review date: 18 Jul 2017 | GelCount
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Live Tumor Culture Core Facility



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Easy to use and high-throughput make it a critical equipment to our lab
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Calculate colony formation in soft agar to measure tumorigenicity

"The set-up and use of the equipment is very simple. Operation and optimization of data collection is clearly explained in the manual. Increased efficiency and reduced bias of manual counting makes this a critical piece of equipment for our lab as our primary focus is on the development of new tumor cell lines from multiple tissues for the use by researchers primarily focused on new drug discover for cancer."

Review date: 17 Jul 2017 | GelCount
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
A great instrument for colony counting and imaging spheroids
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Colony counting

"This instrument is great - it gives really nice pictures and the analysis software is really easy to use; being wizard-based really helps. We especially like the fact that the GelCount can scan samples in soft agar which is essential for some of our experiments. The software makes for the easy counting and sizing of colonies which has saved our researchers a lot of time. The company are great to work with and offer fantastic after care service. They are always happy to listen to improvements in the software which helps us as users. Would highly recommend."

Review date: 13 Jul 2017 | GelCount
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Trinity College Dublin



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Every cell biology lab should have a GelCount
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Cancer research - radiobiology and cytotoxics studies (clonogenics), 3D cell spheroid analysis

"As a translational cancer biologist and radiobiologist, having previously used a ColCount device (predecessor to the GelCount) heavily in my postdoctoral research, when I started my own group in the UK in 2012 I purchased a GelCount. Of all the pieces of equipment I bought this was by far the most useful and heavily used in the group and larger Department/School. I would recommend this as a 'must buy' for anyone doing research on radiation, chemotherapeutics, novel targeted therapies, or 3D culture/spheroid analysis or stem cell-related work, who wants to employ a user-unbiased analysis. The GelCount is far superior to the previous ColCount model, and is highly reliable. The device is easy to use and it's easy to train others. The CHARM algorithm for colony analysis is very accurate, and once optimized (which is straightforward) allows for high-throughput plate analysis, and multiple algorithms can be saved and applied to different experimental set ups as necessary. The image resolution is outstanding, and the data metrics that are returned allow us to get far more out of our data that any other device we've tried - for example we get colony number (as expected), as well as colony/spheroid density, diameter, size distributions, among others. The imaging software can also differentiate debris and non-colony material, as well as differentiate doublets (colonies that have overlapped). All of this can be done in a range of plates (typically we've used 6-well and 96-wells plates and petri dishes. All of the data is exported to MS Excel is a user-friendly format, so users can take the data away and analyse it further. While we have never had any functional issues with the device, outside of routine maintenance I have found Oxford Optronix extremely helpful in voluntarily contacting me directly to aid in updating and installing software improvements and new features - which most other suppliers simply do not do. Having recently moved lab (2016) I left behind the GelCount, as the users from other groups would not part with it - indeed some of my graduates have now introduced GelCounts into their laboratories as core, essential kit. I recently once again purchased a GelCount for my new lab, as this piece of kit is frankly great value for money and is essential to any serious cancer research lab."

Review date: 23 May 2017 | GelCount

An integrated imaging and software platform for the processing of tumour colony forming assays in cancer biology. GelCount™ is conceived to rapidly and accurately count and size profile adherent or non-adherent mammalian cell colonies.

Key Features:

  • Integrated, dedicated hardware and software colony counting platform
  • Objective and consistent ‘machine’ counting
  • Generates colony diameter information, not just colony count
  • Labour-saving / throughput enhancing. Much less tedious than manual colony counting
  • Unlimited software licenses/installations for off-line image processing on other workstations
  • Unlimited software updates
  • 2-year product warranty

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GelCount

Manufacturer Oxford Optronix  |  Available Worldwide

4.8 / 5.0 | 9 reviews