ADAM-MC™ Automatic Cell Counter

ADAM-MC™ Automatic Cell Counter


The ADAM MC automated cell counter performs viability and cell counting measurements using the PI staining method of dead-cell staining combined with advanced image analysis. ADAM, is the new standard of automatic cell counting, based on a fluorescent microscopy technique for counting cells. The ADAM utilizes sensitive fluorescence dye staining, LED optics and CCD detection technologies to make the cell analysis more accurate and reliable. To count cells using ADAM, the cells are mixed with a Propidium Iodide (PI) stain and directly pipetted on to a disposable plastic chip. The chip is then loaded onto a precision stage. An ADAM system is automatically focused onto the chip and cells that have been stained are recorded by a sensitive CCD camera. The image results are automatically processed generating the cell count which is displayed on the front of the instrument. Simple. Fast. Accurate. Reliable.


As accurate as FACS counting Cell counting accuracy depends on the counting volume. ADAM analyzes 60 images which is equivalent to an 8.5 ul counting volume. 8.5 ul counting is 8.5 times more accurate than a 1 ul analysis. These improvements specifically address variation attributable to low sample reads (some competitor models only perform one read ), low sampling volumes ( most models only read 1ul or less ), and inaccurate resolution of cells (often found when cells clump together ). The results are amazing and it is common to have R2 values over 0.99 and CVs under 1%.

New technology behind the counting accuracy of ADAM-MC

After the samples are stained with a fluorescent dye, propium iodide, which intercalates DNA to stain the nucleus of target cells, fluorescent images are taken automatically. The system takes the 22-60 images by the movement of an automatic X-Y stage. The obtained images are processed by image analysis software integrated inside the system. All procedures are fully automatic once the stained samples have been dropped to the disposable chip and the chip is loaded.

  • LED excitation
  • Precision automatic stage
  • Automatic focusing
  • Sensitive CCD detection
  • Automatic image analysis
  • Disposable microchips
  • Large counting volume guarantees accurate results

Automatic cell counting device, ADAM!

Propidium Iodide Staining

Propidium Iodide Staining

ADAM-MC is based on staining mammalian cell DNA with a fluorescent dye, Propidium Iodide (PI). PI does not enter cells with intact cell membranes or active metabolism. In contrast, cells with damaged membranes or with inactive metabolism are unable to prevent PI entering the cell. As a result, the nuclei of non-viable cells will only be stained. ADAM-MC provides two kinds of staining solutions. AccuStain Solution T for the total cell counting is composed of the fluorescent dye (PI) and lysis solution. AccuStain Solution N for the non-viable cell counting is composed of the fluorescent dye and PBS. In order to measure the total concentration of cells, the plasma membranes of all the cells must be disrupted to stain all the Nuclei with PI. The process of disrupting and staining is achieved by treatment with AccuStain Solution T. In the second solution, live cells remain intact and are not stained. Only the non-viable cells are stained and detected. After treatment, the prepared cells will be loaded into the chip. The viability will be automatically calculated in the ADAM-MC software after each measurement of the total cells and the non-viable cells.

Accuracy and Repeatability

Samples with low, medium and high concentrations of cells counted with ADAM-MC.Correlation of total cell counting between hemocytometer and ADAM-MC using CHO cells.

Comparison of cell viabilities between ADAM-MC and flow cytometry. SK-OV, HeLa and NCl-H23 cells were treated with 100, 300M H2O2 for 3 hours, then analyzed by ADAM and flow cytometry. Values are given as means +-SD of three experiments.

Applications & Benefits
Focused designDesigned to measure cell count and viability (live, dead, and total cells) accurately and precisely, using the Propidium Iodide technique.
SpeedUsing the same amount of sample that is currently used with the hemocytometer, the ADAM™ takes less than 15 seconds up to 2 minutes for a complete test.
UsabilityProvides data for broad range of cell sizes and types. Measures cell concentrations ranging from 1 x 104 to 1 x 107 cells/ml and cells with sizes ranging from 3 µm to 50 µm
User friendlynessIntuitive user interface. 7 inch LCD, Bench top size, No maintenance needed.

Ordering Information
Complete System

ADAM-MC ™ Automatic Cell Counter, Main Device, Power Supply, USB Drive

ADAM-MC5.600,00 €

External Monitor, 7 inch

ADM-001310,00 €

ADAM-PC Desktop PC with preinstalled Report Software, 17 Screen, Keyboard and Mouse

ADM-PC895,00 €
Parts & Accessories

Accuchip 2 X Kit, 2 Channel 200 kits - 200 tests

AD2K-200200,00 €

Accuchip 4 X Kit, 4 Channel 200 kits - 400 tests

AD4K-200260,00 €

Accustain Solution, 4 T-Solution, 2 N-Solution

ADR-1000120,00 €

Calibration Beads

ADB-500120,00 €
Parts & Accessories compatible with Countess® Cell Counter
50 Cell Counting Slides ( 100 counts). For the use with the Countess® Cell Counter.
Substitutes Countess® Order Number C10228
CEVS-005082,00 €
500 Cell Counting Slides ( 1.000 counts ) For the use with the Countess® Cell Counter.
Substitutes Countess® Order Number C10312
CEVS-0500650,00 €

Technical Specification
Instrument Specifications
Analysis time15sec - 2min/test
Cell measurement range (cells/mL)1 x 104 - 1 x 107 cells/ml.
Optimal measurement range (cells/mL)5 x 104 - 4 x 106 cells/ml
Cell size range3 µm - 50 µm
Sample volumemin. 20µl / Test
Staining MethodPropidium Iodide (PI) stain
CameraCCD B/W
Image formatJPEG (image), *.xls (raw data)
Data exportUSB connection to PC
Dimensions22 cm (w) x 37,5 cm (d) x 25 cm (h)
Weight9 kg
Operating Power100-240 VAC, 1.8A, max 100W
Frequency50/60 Hz
Objective4 x lens
FilterExcitation Filter (500-550nm)
Emission Filter (580-700nm)
Maximum Relative Humidity20-80%
Altitude< 2000 m
Cell Counting Chamber Slide Specifications
Chamber Volume2 x 20 µL
Accuchip 2
Chamber Volume4 x 12 µL
Accuchip 4
Dimensions75 mm (w) x 25 mm (d) x 1.8 mm (h)
MaterialPolymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
Applications & Benefits
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