Biomass Monitor System

The Standard FUTURA biomass monitor system / head amplifier is encased in lightweight housing suitable for most bioreactors. It is ideal for 25mm diameter side mounted probes and 12mm probes on vessels where the centerline of the probe is greater than 15mm from the centerline of the vessel. FUTURAs are supplied with a 2 meter cable.

The Standard Remote FUTURA is designed for smaller vessels where the available head space is often limited to a small footprint. It incorporates a slim, light-weight pre-amplifier making it ideal for small bioreactors with as low as 100mL working volume. The main housing can be mounted away from the bioreactor vessel. The cable goes up to 1 meter max.

ABER Instruments develops and manufactures dielectric technology used to monitor biomass. By measuring cell membrane capacitance and media conductivity, sensors are used to determine live cell concentration online within small and large-scale bioreactor processes.

Cells with intact plasma membranes can be considered to act as tiny capacitors under the influence of an electric field. The non-conducting nature of the plasma membrane allows a build-up of charge. The resulting capacitance can be measured: it is dependent upon the cell type and is directly proportional to the membrane bound volume of these viable cells.

Widely adopted by the world’s leading biotech companies in both R&D and cGMP, ABER’s products are small and light but deliver powerful capabilities and great application flexibility. The FUTURA system’s three primary hardware components are: The Probe, the FUTURA Instrument (Head Amplifier), and the Transmitter.


Optimal Biotech Group and ABER Instruments are service-oriented vendors. We will assist in providing demos and follow up with data review, providing full confidential documentation of results. You will receive qualitative and quantitative analysis from our team. We work as your partner in product development and production, providing out-of-house expertise and ongoing applications assistance.

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