Tuesday, December 18, 2012

OFFICES ARE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Please note that SCIREQ offices in Montreal and Phoenix will be closed during the holidays. Our last day is Friday December 21, 2012 and we will be back hard at work on Tuesday January 2, 2013.

Should you have any questions before then, we would be happy to assist you.

From all of us at SCIREQ, happy holidays and we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2013!

Your SCIREQ team!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

flexiVent user group meeting in Arizona!

SCIREQ USA is excited to invite you to our flexiVent user group meeting. Join us in Arizona on December 6th for a day of scientific presentations and discussions to learn more about the flexiVent, flexiVent FX and its MSX capabilities.

Discussion sessions during the meeting will include:

  • Scientific presentation of current research
  • System overview covering new features (flexiWare 7)
  • System overview covering expanded measurement capabilities (preview of automated dose responses)
  • Presentation & demonstration of the FX multiple subject extension (MSX)
  • Presentation & demonstration of helpful features (perturbation properties)
  • Open discussion for feedback from others and/or SCIREQ

The user group meeting will take place at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Arizona.We will provide lunch and light refreshments and there is an option for staying overnight!

Please contact us at 1.877.572.4737 or at info@scireq-usa.com for registration details.

Space is limited - register today as we look forward to you joining the discussion.

Happy American Thanksgiving!

All of us at SCIREQ wish our American customers and colleagues a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope that your time with family and friends will be a wonderful celebration. Please note that our Canadian office will be open during this time.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Come Visit Us at SPS 2012 in Phoenix

As everyone is getting on their way to the 12th Annual Meeting of the Safety Pharmacology Society, we would like to invite you to come by our SCIREQ booth No. 218 to get a hands-on impression of our systems for pre-clinical lung function measurement and inhalation toxicology.

Respiratory Mechanics for Safety Pharmacology

Our flexiVent system is widely used to obtain an accurate, highly detailed and specific assessment of respiratory mechanics using the Forced Oscillation Technique (FOT). However, the flexiVent is best known for its use in rodents, and it is perhaps less widely known that larger flexiVent modules are available to measure lung function in animals up to or potentially exceeding 10 kg, including primates and dogs.

Towards Conscious Measurements

In Safety Pharmacology, FOT measurements as obtained with the flexiVent to date have been limited to "second tier" measurements because they required passive, intubated subjects and hence necessitated anesthesia. However, we have now developed new technology that promises true respiratory mechanics measurements in conscious animals. In recent tests carried out in collaboration with Dr. Simon Authier at CiToxLAB in Montreal, we were able to measure airway resistance at baseline and following MCH injection in restrained, conscious dogs and primates. Only a glimpse of these data will be available at SPS, though, with a fully detailed presentation is scheduled for SOT 2013.

Come Join the Discussion

While our recent tests represent an important milestone, more work will be required to bring this technology to maturity. Nonetheless, we would like to invite you to stop by our SPS booth for more details on what we have achieved so far and what the next steps will be. A discussion with you in Phoenix will allow us to make sure that we further develop this exciting technology in a direction that best meets the needs of your application and of the Safety Pharmacology community at large. We look forward to talking to you!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jackson Lab - an informative and unique workshop!

An international group of 14 participants took part in this year’s Jackson Laboratory workshop on phenotyping mouse models of human lung diseases. Respiratory mechanics measurements using the forced oscillation technique was the topic of three presentations and two laboratory sessions.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, the workshop was set to provide a unique opportunity to gain practical knowledge on this integrative, powerful and translational technique.

Participants also had the ability to discuss their individual applications with key leaders in the field during informal after-dinner discussions.

Having a look at this year's schedule could give you an idea of what is waiting for you next year. Mark your calendars - we would be happy to meet you there! Written by Dr. Robichaud

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jackson Lab again this fall - come and join us!

For the 4th year in a row our chief scientist Dr. Annette Robichaud is a confirmed presenter at the Jackson Laboratory Workshop from September 19 to 24 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Dr. Robichaud will give a talk at the beginning of her laboratory session introducing the flexiVent and focusing on respiratory mechanics, airway responsiveness and other types of measurements. This will be followed by two hands-on experimental sessions.

Other speakers this year include:

  • Jennifer Corrigan, M.S., The Jackson Laboratory
  • Kristen Cough, B.S., The Jackson Laboratory
  • Eric A. Hoffman, Ph.D., University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • James J. Lee, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Lennart K.A. Lundblad, Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • John Macauley, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
  • Wayne Mitzner, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Matthias Ochs, M.D., Hannover Medical School
  • Teresa Southard, D.V.M., Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Marge Strobel, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
  • Douglas Taatjes, Ph.D., The University of Vermont

There are still spaces available and if you wish to register you can contact Nancy Place at 207-288-6257 or via email at Nancy.Place@jax.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Bar Harbor Maine!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Come an join as at ERS in Vienna!

We are starting our fall conference season by going to ERS in Vienna. It would be great to talk to you at the joined emka/SCIREQ booth B2.04. at the Reed Messe.

During the conference we would be happy to demonstrate the MSX (multi-subject extension) for our flexiVent FX to you. The MSX combines the efficiency of easily and simultaneously measuring respiratory mechanics in four parallel subjects with the highly detailed input impedance and Constant Phase Model measurements that make the flexiVent so unique.

Although our chief scientist Dr. Robichaud will not be present at ERS, she has looked through the conference schedule and thought the following course and sessions could be of interest to you:

  • PG4 Experimental models for respiratory medicine: strengths and limitations

    Saturday, September 1st - 9:30-13:00 - Room C5

  • New issues in pulmonary function

    Sunday, September 2nd - 12:50-14:40 - Halle A-19

  • Lung function tests in monitoring airway diseases

    Monday, September 3rd - 12:50-14:40 - Halle A-14

  • Mechanisms and modulation of allergic inflammation in the lung

    Monday, September 3rd - 12:50-14:40 - Halle A-18

  • Cell culture and animal models of lung disease

    Tuesday, September 4th - 12:50-14:40 - Halle A-17

We look forward to seeing you in person at ERS - it is always a pleasure!

Friday, June 1, 2012

SCIREQ turns 15!

Happy Birthday, SCIREQ! Exactly 15 years ago, on June 1st, 1997, SCIREQ Scientific Respiratory Equipment Inc. started operating in a small loft in an old garment building on Montreal's boulevard St. Laurent, not far from McGill's Meakins-Christie Laboratories that we grew out of. A few hundred square feet of space, Ikea desks, a few tools from Home Depot and a shoestring budget... 15 years already - it's been a fun ride!

Thanks to All our Supporters

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to SCIREQ's growth and success, including our world-class staff, our tireless distributors, suppliers, business partners, and of course our loyal, committed and at times patient customers! It has been our great pleasure to serve you over the past 15 years, and we look forward to working with you and supporting your science for the next 15 years and on!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

flexiWare 7.2 Service Release

We would like to announce the release of Service Pack 2 for flexiWare 7.2. This release resolves an issue with mechanical ventilation when used with flexiVent systems.

Description of the Issue

The nature of the issue we recently identified and resolved is such that the pressure limit was not always properly applied during Controlled Mechanical Ventilation (CMV). The issue was first introduced with the release of version 7.2, therefore users of flexiWare 7.1.1 or lower are not affected. Users of flexiWare 7.2 should note that for most experimental protocols used with the flexiVent, the pressure limit is encountered only at high levels of bronchoconstriction and elevated PEEP. Therefore, with very few possible exceptions, there should be no significant impact on the outcomes of your experiments.

There are no other changes in flexiWare 7.2.2, therefore there is no need to update from 7.2.1 to 7.2.2 for users who do not work with flexiVent instruments and CMV.

Download Instructions

To download flexiWare 7.2.2, please log into the TechNet section of our website. Upgrading from previous releases of flexiWare 7.2 does not require a new registration code or unlocking key, however a firmware upgrade will be necessary.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SCIREQ acquires SCL Medtech Product Lines

We are pleased to announce that SCIREQ Scientific Respiratory Equipment Inc. has acquired the activities of SCL Medtech Inc. SCL Medtech offers a family of products for aerosol research, inhalation toxicology and occupational Asthma, including the GenaSIC™, GenaSOL™ and GenaMINI™ product lines. Details about these products may be found at www.sclmedtech.com.

Integration Opportunities

SCL Medtech's product lines present an ideal complement to our current SCIREQ products, providing an array of exciting integration opportunities. We anticipate that these will rapidly translate into net benefits for our clients, and we look forward to posting further details in this regard as they become available.

Sustained Service

For current SCL Medtech clients, SCIREQ will honour all open quotations and existing service contracts for SCL Medtech products. SCL Medtech clients can also expect to benefit from SCIREQ's international presence and our established relationship with the pulmonary research community.

For further details, please contact info@scireq.com or info@sclmedtech.com.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Strong Attendance at SOT 2012

Approximately 7,200 scientists from academia and industry met earlier this week at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in San Francisco. We would like to thank the numerous attendees who stopped by the SCIREQ booth in the ToxExpo exhibit hall. It was a pleasure to meet you, and to have an opportunity to present our products and discuss your applications. We will contact you to follow up on those discussions in the near future.

Next Opportunity: EB

For those who missed SOT, the next opportunity to meet us at a conference will be at the Experimental Biology meeting that takes place April 22-24 in San Diego, CA.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2012: Preview to an Exciting New Year

The New Year is already more than a month old, and we hope that it started out well for all our clients, colleagues and associates. For SCIREQ, 2012 promises to become an exciting year during which we expect to roll out a number of interesting innovations to make your experiments more accurate, efficient and traceable.

Skip to: Multi-subject flexiVent | Conscious Oscillatory Mechanics | Translational Research | flexiWare 7 | Pressure Control Ventilation

Multi-subject flexiVent

One of our upcoming new products that has already received a lot of attention is the multi-subject extension for the flexiVent, a prototype of which was shown at last year’s ATS meeting in Denver [1]. This extension combines the efficiency of easily and simultaneously measuring respiratory mechanics in four parallel subjects with the highly detailed input impedance and Constant Phase Model measurements that make the flexiVent so unique. We expect to launch an initial version supporting mice at this year’s ATS meeting, with versions for rats and guinea pigs to follow by the end of the year. A call for beta testers for this device will follow soon on this blog.

Multi-subject extension for the flexiVent.

ZTR: OSCILLATION MECHANICS GOES CONSCIOUS

Our team of scientists and engineers continues to work towards a mature, easy to use solution for measuring transfer impedance (Ztr) in conscious subjects. Following up on our last year’s poster [2], we will present more data on this topic at this year’s ATS meeting. It is yet a bit too early to predict when this technique will become commercially available, but we will of course keep you posted about further developments.

TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH

Translational research has become one of the scientific buzz words of the decade. At SCIREQ, we are doing what we can to offer scientists tools that permit relating measurements obtained in the lab to those obtained at the bedside. A couple of years ago, we introduced an extension to the flexiVent permitting measurements of FEV0.1 in mice. A version of this extension for larger subjects is expected later this year. There are a number of important differences between these measurements and human spirometry [3], but this technique nonetheless offers at least a first degree of continuity as you compare preclinical and clinical data.

Our engagement in translational research won’t stop there, though. Ultimately, we are working towards a set of techniques that can be applied virtually identically in laboratory animals and humans to permit a much closer correlation between results from the lab and the clinic. We expect to publish more on this topic in the course of the next few months.

FLEXIWARE 7 CONTINUES TO EVOLVE

With the introduction of the new flexiVent FX system in 2010, we also released our new flexiWare 7 software. As many of you know, this was not only an upgrade but a generation shift, and our software architecture is now more advanced, modern, efficient and expandable than ever before. As with any major transition, it took us and our distributors a few months to learn how to most efficiently present, configure and support this software to make sure it meets all your experimentation needs. This transition is now complete, and the new architecture and features translate into more efficient experimentation and data analysis for many labs. We’d love to give you a demo!

PRESSURE CONTROLLED VENTILATION

Our most recent flexiWare release, version 7.2, includes Pressure Controlled Ventilation (PCV) as a new ventilator mode. This feature is currently in beta test status and requires a special license key. If you are interested in using PCV, please contact our Technical Support team. Further ventilator modes are in preparation – details to follow...

References

[1] http://blog.scireq.com/2011/06/multi-subject-flexivent-unveiled-at-ats.html

[2] Am J Respir Crit Care Med 183;2011:A2187

[3] Shalaby et al., Respiratory Research 2010, 11:82