Evaporation of media during long-term culturing of neurons can have a large effect on cell health. This is especially true in microfluidic devices and chips which have smaller wells. To overcome these issues, Xona has developed a patented ChipTray™ to be used with XonaChips®, our silicone devices, and all other microfluidic devices. In addition to reducing evaporation, the ChipTray™ provides an optimized enclosure for phase contrast imaging using air objectives.
The footprint of the tray is compatible with standard ANSI microplate holders. There are two water troughs on either end of the tray and two slots for XonaChips® (XC150, XC450, XC900, XC-T-500, or XC-T-1000). Silicone devices mounted on glass or any other slide based microfluidic devices that you want to use, are also compatible with these trays. Within each slot there is a cut-out to improve image quality using inverted microscopes. The ChipTrays are tissue culture ready.