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Inventor: Robert Thorne


MicroMounts™ are the highest performance tools for manipulating and mounting protein crystals, virus crystals, and small molecule/inorganic crystals, as well as, a wide range of other small, fragile samples. They are ideal for both conventional and high-throughput X-ray crystallography applications.


MicroTools™ are designed for use with protein crystals, single cells, and other small samples from a few micrometers to a millimeter in size. The tools have tips made from soft, flexible microfabricated polymer films. The curvature of the tips gives them rigidity, but they can still easily be flexed. These tools are not likely to damage fragile samples and are optically and X-ray transparent.