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Microfluidic pump for continuous cell culture under shear flow mimicking physiological flow in the human vasculature.

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Kima Pump Kima iPod Touch Software

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Quick Start Guide Kima Pump
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Application Note C300
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  • Fits inside standard CO2 incubators - maintaining temperature and humidity.
  • Periodic perfusion to support cell culture in an incubator
  • Wash mode or pump mode
  • Flow rate:  15 - 35mL/hr ± 4%.
  • Dead volume:  < 300µL
  • Includes iPod Touch which can control up to 4 pump modules independently.
  • Wi-Fi communication.
  • Includes tubing kit for Vena8 biochips or alternative tubing kits for connection to any microfluidic biochip.

Applications:  Biofilm studies; cell culture in biochips with adherent cells (HUVECs), stem cells, HepG2 cells.

Please Note: the Kima pump is not suitable for shear stressed based assays because the pump delivers liquid in pulses (not continuous flow)

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Volumetric Flow Rates Perfusion mode:  15 - 35 mL/hr (*) +/- 4%
Shear Stress Range Perfusion mode:  ~2.5 to ~6.5 dyne/cm2(**)
Dead Volume < 300 µL
Working Pressure 30 psi - 2 bars maximum
Flow Direction
  • Dispense only.
  • Two modes:  wash and perfusion (controlled only by Kima controller via iPod Touch / iPhone)
Additional features
  • Plug and play with Kima controller and iKima Application (available for iPod Touch / iPhone)
  • Featured with standard 100mL bottle holder  
Dimensions 190mm x 85mm x 90mm (L x W x H)
Weight < 800g (bottle and tubing not included)
Conditions of use
  • Temperature: 10°C to 60°C
  • Humidity: < 98% RH
  • Altitude: < 2000m  

(*): calibrated test made with a specific flow resistance of 150µm inner diameter by 5cm length

(**): shear stress is for information only; based on the connection to 8 channels of a Vena8 Endothelial+ biochip (capillary of 800µm x 120µm)



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