Levitation 101

How It Works

Magnetic levitation is the first truly novel approach to cellular analysis in 30 years. Extensive research has shown that cells of different types or states have unique magnetic and density signatures, levitating in predictable ways when they encounter a magnetic field. Here’s how it works.

Sample Introduction

Introduce a sample of mixed cells (or cells to be analyzed) through the intake device. Cells are aspirated through the primary channel to approach the Levitas magnetic system.

Magnetic Levitation

By flowing cells through a channel surrounded by magnets, Levitas technology separates individual cells according to type or state based on the different levitation heights caused by the unique magnetic and density signatures. This offers a higher-resolution view — and therefore a more complete picture of cellular heterogeneity.

Stabilization & Measuring

The different cell types stabilize at different levitation heights. As the sample flows through the system, different cell types can be counted and collected.

Cell Separation

By continuing to aspirate the sample, the levitated cells transition to a bifurcated tube that separates cells in the top chamber from the lower chamber.


The separated cell populations are then collected into two collection tubes based on the levitation profile.

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