7/19/06 Contact: Charles Martin, 334/844-3698 (marticd@auburn.edu)
David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)

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AUBURN - An optical microscopy-imaging system invented by Auburn University Professor Vitaly Vodyanoy has been selected by R&D Magazine as one of the top 100 most technologically significant products introduced in 2005.

Dr. Vodyanoy, along with representatives of Auburn University and Aetos Technologies Inc., the commercializing company, will be honored Oct. 16 in Chicago.

“This is a very high honor for everyone who helped develop and market the new technology,” said Dr. Vodyanoy, a professor in the AU College of Veterinary Medicine.

The new CytoViva system enables medical and other researchers to observe unaltered, living cells in extremely fine detail and without delays or extra steps for processing, which are typical of current microscopes. It is attached to an existing research microscope, so samples are viewed directly through the microscope eyepiece and are captured using a standard microscope camera.

“It extends light microscopy, offering a unique view of live cells and cell processes while they are occurring,” Dr.Vodyanoy said.

Charles T. Ludwig, president of Aetos Technologies’ CytoViva division, says applications of the technology already have extended beyond traditional biological research to include nanotechnology and materials science-based researchers.

“We are honored to receive this award,” says Ludwig, “as it further validates what our scientific customers have already told us about CytoViva’s ability to impact their research efforts.”
R&D Magazine will list the 100 winners in its September issue. The R&D 100 Awards were established in 1963 and have recognized winning products such as the automated teller machine, halogen lamp, fax machine, liquid crystal display, Nicoderm anti-smoking patch and HDTV.

Aetos’ chairman and CEO, Thomas R. Lawrence, says the award “once again demonstrates that our universities have technologies that have commercial viability. Having a mechanism such as Aetos Technologies to move research from laboratory to market plays a critical role in commercial success stories.”

Auburn University is a comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama's largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Charles Martin. Photo available on request.)