Axion BioSystems Maestro microelectrode array (MEA) platform

Axion BioSystems

Maestro microelectrode array (MEA) platform


  • Industry-leading electrode count provides high-quality data for all neural and cardiac applications
  • Full environmental control
  • Intuitive control and analysis software with Axion Integrated Studio (AxIS)
  • Flexible plate formats (12/48/96) all used interchangeably on the same system
  • Label-free, non-invasive detection enables numerous recordings from the same culture over hours, days, weeks, or months


MEA Plates

  • 768 electrodes in every MEA plate ensures robust data and collection from multiple points across the cultured cell population
  • Label-free, non-invasive recording allows cultured cell populations to be maintained for months
  • Each electrode can be used for electrical stimulation and recording




  • 48-wells of simultaneous optical stimulation via LEDs
  • Each well provides a choice of 4 wavelengths that can be used independently or in combination
  • Each LED is independently controlled for variable intensity and microsecond duration precision
  • Optionally pairs directly with the Maestro MEA platform for simultaneous top-side stimulation and bottom-side activity recording
  • Award-winning innovation (“Top 10 Innovation of 2016” from The Scientist magazine; 2016 SLAS New Product Award)






AxIS software


  • Easy set-up with pre-configured recording settings for neural and cardiac applications
  • Real-time signal monitoring per electrode, per well, and per plate
  • Stimulation Studio™ for creation of electrical or optical stimulation protocols
  • On-line data analysis from over 20 metrics; plus additional off-line Axion software (Neural Metric Tool, Cardiac Data Analysis Tool) for advanced, application-specific analysis




Maestro APEX


  • The first commercial automated MEA workstation; robotic plate/liquid handler with a dedicated position for the Maestro combined with a 44-plate capacity cell culture incubator
  • Automated control over every aspect of an MEA assay
    • MEA plate preparation and cell seeding
    • Media exchange
    • Maestro analysis
  • Pre-written protocols for common assay tasks to minimize start-up time
  • SLAS 2016 New Product award winner