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Renishaw RA816 Biological Analyser
Renishaw Raman

The Renishaw RA816 Biological Analyser is a Raman imaging system designed specifically for life science, biology and clinical research.

It delivers detailed information about the distribution and amount of biochemical species within biological samples, including tissue biopsies, tissue sections and biofluids.


Wealth of information

From every measurement.

Multiple molecular constituents

Measure multiple molecular constituents simultaneously

No stains, labels or molecular tags

Easy to use

With minimal sample preparation.

Full biochemical information

No need for specific molecular targets.


  • Non-invasive optical technique – maintaining your sample’s integrity
  • Measure multiple molecular constituents in biological samples at once
  • No sample staining or labelling
  • High specificity – ideal for identifying early onset disease markers
  • Raman images provide biomolecular information alongside spatial morphology
  • Identify components in mixtures automatically with Renishaw’s new Spectrum Search module.

Designed for Clinics

The Renishaw Biological Analyser has been designed specifically to make Raman spectroscopy accessible in clinical research.

Translating Raman to the Clinic

  • Build and validate pathology and disease models
  • Validate models with new samples, to stratify and classify unknown tissues and biofluids
  • Specially designed sample holders, accessories and substrates for bio-fluids/liquids and tissue sections
  • Bulk tissue biopsy sample holder eliminates the need for tissue sample preparation (no cryosectioning or microtoming)
  • Transfer disease models between instruments

Made for Demanding Applications

  • Stable and repeatable results
  • High throughput – high signal to noise spectral data and optimised substrates
  • Maintain focus with LiveTrack™ technology
  • Fast data collection with Streamline™ technology, without causing laser sample damage
  • Low-cost, ultra-low background disposable mirror slides increase Raman signal and improve white light contrast

Easy to Use

  • Easy to use software makes Raman spectroscopy accessible to all users, without compromising performance
  • Experiment templates for various biological sample types
  • Set up multiple measurements and leave to run unattended

Compact, Robust and Transportable

  • Small footprint
  • Move easily between lab and clinic
  • Built-in performance checks to ensure accurate operation – including post-measurement checks
  • No user alignment

Flexible Measurements

  • Macro and high magnification modes, with digital zoom for various sample sizes
  • Choose reflection or transmission illumination for the best image contrast
  • Image tiling for large areas


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