Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happy holidays from emka TECHNOLOGIES & SCIREQ

Holiday office closure

Please note that the SCIREQ office will be closed during the holidays. Our last day will be December 24, 2014 with limited staff available, and we will be back in the office on January 2, 2014.

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

Best wishes,
Your emka TECHNOLOGIES and SCIREQ team

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Equivalent or better result accuracy with the flexiVent FX

Have you ever questioned yourself on the accuracy or precision of the resistance and elastance measurements taken with the flexiVent?

SCIREQ is proud to announce that a recent study specifically answers this question with the current as well as with earlier versions of the flexiVent system. Entitled “Comparative study of three flexiVent system configurations using mechanical test loads”, it compares physiologically relevant measurements of resistance and elastance obtained using 2 sets of characterized, rigid test loads that were assessed in a repeated manner on three configurations of the flexiVent system:

  • legacy flexiVent - flexiVent v5.3.4 (Leg-fV5)
  • legacy flexiVent - flexiWare v7.2.1 (Leg-fW7)
  • flexiVent FX – flexiWare v7.2.1 (FX-fW7).
  • The study, which is currently available on the early online platform of Experimental Lung Research, shows measurements of high precision across system configurations and reports equivalent or increased measurement accuracy with the FX-fW7 relative to the legacy or mixed flexiVent versions.

    Contact us

    Our team would be happy to explain how you could fully benefit from the improvements made to the flexiVent hardware and software, or to give you more information about the system in general. Please call us toll free at 1.877.572.4737 or email us at [email protected].

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Registering for a new account on the SCIREQ website

    Our new SCIREQ website has many great features including the Knowledge Center where you can find everything from software registration to document downloads to a complete list of SCIREQ publications. However, some of these sections contain privileged information for our flexiVent and inExpose customers. We encourage you to take a minute to create a new account on this site with your updated contact information. Please follow the simple steps listed below.

    Steps to create a new account

    1. Visit our website at: www.scireq.com and click on "Register" at the top right corner to fill in the form with your account and contact information. Then, click "Create new account".
    2. You will receive an email confirmation that your account has been created and that it is pending authorization from SCIREQ staff.
    3. Once you have been authenticated, you will receive an email prompting you to set your password.
    4. You should now have complete access to the SCIREQ website!

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly assist you. Call us toll free at 1.877.572.4737 or email us at [email protected]

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

    We wish all our Canadian flexiVent and inExpose users along with all our collaborators a very happy Thanksgiving!

    Please note that our Montreal Head Office will be closed on Monday October 13th for this holiday. We will resume activities as usual on Tuesday October 14th.

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Thank you for visiting us at ERS 2014!

    We had a wonderful time with emka TECHNOLOGIES at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Munich last week. We thank the many researchers who came by to discuss their in vivo respiratory mechanics and inhalation exposure research.

    Unable to make it to the conference? We are always available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at [email protected] or call us toll free at 1.877.572.4737. We also have a team worldwide who can help you with your research needs. Find out more by visiting our website: www.scireq.com/worldwide-distribution.

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Visit us at ERS 2014 in Munich

    emka TECHNOLOGIES and SCIREQ will be present at this year's European Respiratory Society's International Congress in Munich, Germany.

    Offering precision laboratory instruments for pulmonary research

    Come by our booth to learn more about:

  • In vivo lung function measurements with the flexiVent FX
  • Plethysmography for freely moving and restrained rodents
  • Combined plethysmography and implanted telemetry systems
  • The inExpose, our bench-top inhalation exposure system
  • Aerosol generation and compound delivery
  • Respiratory function in large animals and safety pharmacology

    We are looking forward to seeing you there! For more information about our solutions, visit our website at www.scireq.com.

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Montreal office closed for Labor day!

    Please note that SCIREQ's Head Office in Montreal will be closed on Monday September 1st for Labor Day.

    Phone 1.514.286.1429
    Toll Free 1.877.572.4737
    Email [email protected]

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    SCIREQ in Shanghai

    Thank you for meeting us at the International Symposium for Animal Pulmonary Function Research Technology, hosted by M.Gen-Mu Zhang of EMKA-Biotech Beijing.

    Last week, emka-technologies and SCIREQ traveled to China, where we had the opportunity to meet with researchers from academic institutions, federal safety agencies, and pharmaceutical companies to discuss trending technologies for in vivo pulmonary function assessment and inhalation exposure.

    China’s strong investments in life sciences research, coupled with growing concerns over air pollution and risks of pulmonary diseases are leading to increased research into emphysema/COPD, respiratory mechanics, and aerosol exposure.

    The symposium took place in the Zhangjiang Hi-tech park, an impressive biotechnological/biomedicine research cluster located in Shanghai.

    We loved China, and hope to see you again next year!


    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    SCIREQ summer holiday office hours!

    Summer is right around the corner and SCIREQ's Montreal Head Office will be closed Tuesday June 24th and Tuesday July 1st for provincial and national holidays.

    We wish everyone a wonderful summer and are otherwise available to assist you with your research needs!

    Contact us

    Phone 1.514.286.1429
    Toll Free 1.877.572.4737
    Email [email protected]

    Monday, May 26, 2014

    Thank you ATS!

    Our team is now back in the office and had a wonderful time meeting long time flexiVent and inExpose researchers while also creating new collaborations during the American Thoracic Society's International conference in San Diego last week.

    We had a great turnout at our Breakfast Symposium last Monday morning where we discussed how details matter in creating reproducible data throughout your research. This was also shown during our poster session where Dr. Robichaud discussed her findings on aerosol delivery.

    We look forward to continuing the conversation and working in collaboration with you throughout the year!

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    SCIREQ joins the emka TECHNOLOGIES family

    MONTREAL, PARIS, May 9th 2014 - We are pleased to announce that emka TECHNOLOGIES has acquired SCIREQ Scientific Respiratory Equipment Inc.

    SCIREQ is a leader in the fields of preclinical respiratory research and inhalation exposure. SCIREQ’s products cover a wide range of pulmonary research applications, from the mechanistic study of lung diseases such as asthma and COPD to the development and validation of novel therapeutics approaches.

    The flexiVent, SCIREQ’s flagship instrument, is the “gold standard” for in vivo lung function measurements, cited in over 1000 peer-reviewed scientific publications. SCIREQ’s inExpose is a compact, cost-efficient inhalation exposure system allowing precise delivery of inhaled pharmacological compounds and toxins. Details can be found at www.scireq.com.


    emka and SCIREQ have been working hand in hand since 2002. Both organizations share a customer-centric approach and create integrated instruments that combine measurement accuracy and reproducibility with user-friendly software and advanced traceability.

    Jean-Gérard Napoléoni, CEO of emka, said :

    "SCIREQ has built a great team, and developed products providing unique and valuable information about the lungs. We are excited to welcome them to the emka family.”

    David Brunet, Vice President of SCIREQ, commented:

    "We are thrilled to join emka. This transaction is a testament to the team, products and corporate culture we’ve built over the years. Combined, we can rely on highly specialized team of engineers and scientists, and now have access to an extended network of researchers and sales channels. This will allow us to continue developing world-class research instruments."


    SCIREQ will continue to operate its full team from its head office in Montreal, Canada. We will honor all open quotations and existing service contracts and continue to work closely with the research community to develop new and innovative products and applications.


    Founded in Paris, France in 1992, emka TECHNOLOGIES designs scientific instruments for physiology, pharmacology and toxicology research. It is an established leader in the pre-clinical instrument market providing an array of innovative products and services for in vivo and in vitro research, and prides itself on offering outstanding customer service. Details may be found at www.emka.fr and www.emkatech.com.


    The integration of SCIREQ and recent hire of experienced staff formerly with BUXCO elevates the EMKA-SCIREQ group as world leader in biomedical research instruments.

    With a team of 60 and offices in France, Great-Britain, Spain, Canada, USA, China, Japan and a network of distributors, we offer:

  • The most complete range of pulmonary study systems on the market, backed up by more than 100 years of cumulated experience from our engineers and product specialists;
  • Telemetry solutions for small and large animals;
  • Cardiovascular, isolated organ and heart, and neurology solutions;
  • Software tools (IOX and ecgAUTO) providing the most powerful functionalities in a GLP environment.
  • A well deserved reputation for fast and reliable support and service.
  • Let us help you advance your research; please contact one of our dedicated application specialists today at [email protected] or by calling us toll free at 1.877.572.4737.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    World Asthma Day

    The first Tuesday in May is marked as World Asthma Day by the Global Initiative for Asthma. This day is aimed at spreading awareness about care and how "You Can Control Your Asthma". Thank you to all researchers and health care providers striving to develop effective treatments for this condition that currently affects 235 million people around the world1.

    For more information on World Asthma Day, visit the Global Initiative for Asthma's website.

    1 World Health Organization. "10 facts on Asthma" http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/asthma/en/

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Meet with our team of experts in San Diego!

    SCIREQ offers preclinical pulmonary research equipment that provides unparalleled accuracy and reproducibility. The flexiVent, an integrated platform which combines a mechanical ventilator with detailed measurements of respiratory mechanics, is featured in over 1,000 scientific publications covering a wide range of pulmonary applications. A number of which also feature our bench-top system for inhalation exposure, the inExpose. SCIREQ equipment is present in leading research laboratories worldwide and can be used for wide-array of respiratory applications.

    Experimental Biology

    From April 27th to 29th, our team of experts will be in San Diego attending the Experimental Biology conference. We invite you to come by SCIREQ's booth #1036 and talk to an Application Specialist or the flexiVent Product Manager, who are happy to demonstrate and discuss both our flexiVent and inExpose systems.

    Take advantage of our presence to discuss your research and how we can provide solutions for your studies.

    Booth: 1036

    Exhibit hours
    Sunday April 27th, 9am – 4pm
    Monday April 28th, 9am – 4pm
    Tuesday April 29th, 9am – 4pm

    flexiVent User Group Meeting

    For those interested in further details on lung function assessment, SCIREQ is also hosting a day-long flexiVent User Group Meeting at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on April 30th, free of charge. Contact us to register and learn how the flexiVent can advance your research.

    Call us toll free 1.877.572.4737 or at 1.514.286.1429 and email us at [email protected].

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    Thank you for stopping by our booth at SOT 2014!

    We are back in the office returning from sunny Phoenix, Arizona where we had the chance to meet many researchers at the forefront of Safety Pharmacology, Toxicology, and other respiratory research fields. It was a great opportunity to see live demos of both the inExpose, our inhalation exposure system, and the flexiVent, our platform to assess respiratory mechanics.

    Didn't get a chance to stop by? We will be at both the Experimental Biology (April 27-29, 2014 - booth 1036) and American Thoracic Society (May 18-20, 2014 - booth 3823) conferences in San Diego. We would love to meet with you!

    Contact us by email at [email protected] or toll free at 1.877.572.4737.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Visit us at SOT 2014 in Phoenix!

    SCIREQ will be at Society of Toxicology’s 53rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo! Take advantage of this opportunity to see first-hand product demonstrations of our inhalation exposure system, the inExpose, and our platform to assess respiratory mechanics, the flexiVent. Our team is happy to discuss how these solutions may be ideally suited for your research.

    Visit Booth 640 to learn more!

    When it comes to inhalation exposure, SCIREQ offers the inExpose: a precise, bench top inhalation exposure system with customizable turn-key solutions from toxin generation to exhaust disposal, with real-time monitoring and control features, as well as computerized data acquisition and analysis. Its modular, compact form factor reduces direct and indirect costs, minimizes unintentional dilution and is ideal for use in a standard laboratory, without the need for a purpose-built facility.

    Interested in respiratory mechanics? The flexiVent system has long been considered the gold standard for pre-clinical respiratory mechanics assessments. Utilizing the Forced Oscillation Technique (FOT), the flexiVent system can provide accurate, highly detailed data for a wide variety of pulmonary applications. Our advanced software offers many features to increase speed and efficiency of experimentation sessions and post-analysis.

    Join us for a discussion about the inExpose or flexiVent systems, our application specialists are waiting!

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    Exhibit hours:
    Monday March 24th, 9am - 4:30pm
    Tuesday March 25th, 9am - 4:30pm
    Wednesday March 26th, 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Join us and present your research in San Diego!

    SCIREQ is hosting a flexiVent User Group Meeting Wednesday, April 30, 2014 following the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego. Join our team for a day of scientific presentations and discussions to learn more about the flexiVent’s capabilities and its applications while sharing your feedback with other users.

    Would you like to present your research?

    We are currently searching for flexiVent users to present their work during our User Group Meeting in San Diego. This is a great opportunity to share and exchange with fellow flexiVent users. See what one of our past presenters had to say about his experience:

    "My research program uses the flexiVent to characterize the effects of ventilator induced lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome on lung mechanics. I was invited to present my techniques and findings at the 2013 User Group Meeting in Boston. This was a great chance for me to present my work outside the community of researchers who I typically encounter at conferences. Discussions at lunch and after my talk lead to an ongoing collaboration which wouldn't have happened otherwise."
    Dr. Bradford Smith
    Vermont Lung Center
    University of Vermont

    Interested? Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us, toll free, at 1.877.572.4737.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    You Can Now Measure Forced Expiration in Rats

    SCIREQ's flexiVent negative pressure-driven forced expiration (NPFE) extension is now available for rats! Like previously reported in mice1, this extension offers the possibility to perform refined forced expiration measurements in a wider range of laboratory animals. This is done through the unique combination of the NPFE technique with the traditional forced oscillation (FO) measurements of the flexiVent in a single set-up.

    Forced Expired Volume (FEV) is a widely accepted spirometry outcome in clinical settings. SCIREQ's new NPFE extension for rats now expands the measurement range available in that species with forced expiration parameters that resemble those obtained in humans like FEV, forced expired flow (FEFx), forced vital capacity (FVC) or peak expiratory flow (PEF).

    Click here to read about this technique.


    We are pleased to announce that the rat NPFE extension is currently available for the flexiVent FX and that it allows for combined NPFE and FOT measurements.

    Rat NPFE extension specifications:

  • Used with flexiVent FX module 4
  • Suitable for rats from 150g - 300g
  • Chamber size: approximately 8" long x 4" in diameter
  • Contact our team to find out more about this new application and how to receive your own: [email protected] or toll-free at 1.877.572.4737.

    1Shalaby et al. 2010. Combined forced oscillation and forced expiration measurements in mice for the assessment of airway hyperresponsiveness. Respir Res 11:82

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Take advantage of our installation & training services!

    "Over the years I've been in research, I've dealt with numerous companies and their representatives who have come to install equipment. [...]In the lab, during the installation of the flexiVent, I was blown away by a number of things I noticed about SCIREQ's team. By far, they proved to be one of the most poised, knowledgeable, and professional teams I've ever dealt with.

    The courtesy and assistance in answering the questions and troubleshooting the problems of some of my colleagues within my department was uncommon. SCIREQ's team went above and beyond what was expected during the installation and training. [...] I learned a great deal that will aid our research program tremendously as we move forward into future projects."1

    1Testimonial by Dr. Paul M. Brown of the Pediatric Research Center, Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

    Take advantage of our wide range of services intended to support you during all aspects of your study. Our installation and training program, described elegantly above, is an effective way to transfer our knowledge and allow you to get the most out of your experiments. Once you purchase our equipment or begin working in a lab that has an existing device, we offer our services to allow new users to become the experts. Training varies from basic to advanced and our team travels to your lab to give you hands on experience. We also offer the same training via web conference to accommodate you.

    Find out more about how we can work with you by calling us toll-free at 1.877.572.4737 or by email at [email protected].

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    First flexiVent publication of the year!

    At times when the environment is at the heart of concerns relative to the incidence of inflammatory respiratory diseases, we are proud to highlight that the first publication to feature the flexiVent in 2014 reported on the impact of environmentally relevant amounts of a ubiquitous factor present in house dust, lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The article entitled "Modulation of Distinct Asthmatic Phenotypes in Mice by Dose-Dependent Inhalation of Microbial Products" was published earlier this month in Environmental Health Perspective by Gregory S. Whitehead, Seddon Y. Thomas, and Donald N. Cook.

    This article is joining the ranks of an increasingly growing list of scientific publications where the unique features of the flexiVent were used to address scientific questions on key topics in respiratory research.

    As in previous years, we at SCIREQ will be pleased to continue working with you in 2014 in every possible way to achieve your scientific research objectives.

    Happy and prosperous New Year from all of us at SCIREQ!