small animal SPECT camera

Small brains, sharp images & big business

Devising smart laboratory set-ups is one thing, selling and maintaining equipment is another. Researcher and entrepeneur Freek Beekman pioneered nuclear imaging research in small animals and created a company by selling the equipment he innovated. Reframing Studio turned his laboratory set-ups into neat equipment.

De voortvarendheid en creativiteit van de medewerkers van Reframing Studio, alsmede het zich kunnen verplaatsen in de situatie van onze high-tech start-up, heeft mijn bedrijf MILABS in staat gesteld om in een vroeg stadium de U-SPECT in de markt te plaatsen.
prof dr Freek Beekman.CEO Molecular Imaging Laboratories

What strategy should an academic research group adhere to in designing their proprietary inventions to communicate their ambitions to market innovative, animal friendly and platinum quality imaging equipment?

Reframing Studio designers and engineers teamed with MIlabs on design, useabilty, manufactureability and maintability. Milabs first was the Uspect: designed in 2006 as a Spect imaging device. Three Gamma detectors capture radiation patterns emitted form small rodents that have been injected with radioactive tracer molecules. Researchers use this data for instance to study how medicine travels through the body. In 2009 the team has developped the VECtor: a system that produces SPECT and PET images that are superimposeable without repositioning the mouse.


Photography: Norbert Gehnau

Health and Science
Project kick-off: 
May 2008
Project delivered: 
May 2009
Product Design
Project size: 
Biotechnology & Medical Research
Project developers: 
Gijs Ockeloen
Rick Porcelijn

Working full scale prototype

Health and science
Design engineering
Product design
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