MetaSystems is an employee-owned German company specializing in automated scanning and image analysis for cytogenetics, cancer genetics, toxicology, pathology, forensic sciences and other applications. Founded in 1986 as spin-off from the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Heidelberg, the company started with the development of an automatic metaphase finding system called Metafer.
With growing demand for automated cell screening the metaphase finder Metafer was further developed to become a multipurpose slide scanning platform. With the introduction of MetaCyte (2000) a second major software module for Metafer was established. MetaCyte started as a spot counter and is today a multiparametric cell feature analysis system. 2009/2010 MetaSystems decided to apply its knowledge in automated slide scanning to a new market and launched VSlide, a system for automated virtual slide imaging. MetaSystems presented the first commercial software for filter-based 24 color FISH (mFISH) analysis in 1997. The DNA probe kit department was established shortly after, and the probe kit portfolio was extended to include whole chromosome painting kits, mouse and rat mFISH kits, arm-specific mFISH kits, and more. In early 2009 MetaSystems introduced a new series of locus-specific probe kits for use in hematology. Managed by persons with strong skills in biomedical imaging, MetaSystems is based on nearly 25 years of experience in image analysis, automated microscopy, and hard- and software technology.
This background ensures MetaSystems being at the forefront of technology. MetaSystems has two branch offices in Boston, USA (MetaSystems Group Inc.), and in Hong Kong China (MetaSystems Asia Ltd.), covering the North American and South-East Asian markets. In many other countries MetaSystems is proud to have strong exclusive partners who support our customers in their region. Today, more than 1,200 laboratories in 70 countries rely on the quality and performance of MetaSystems products.
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