Star-oddi

Star-Oddi is a high technology company, founded in Iceland in 1985. It has since its inception been a leading developer and manufacturer of small sensors, data loggers and technology used in aquatic and animal research. Besides research in ecosystems and aquatic environments the products are used in other industries like biomedical, food & beverage plus other industries.
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Star-oddi

The main product of the company is the Data Storage Tag (DST) serie which has been developed and manufactured since 1993. DST is a miniature data logger originally designed as a small fish archival tag, for tagging species such as cod and halibut, collecting information on behavior of commercial and valuable species. The DST is used in a wide range of animals for different research purposes as well as being used as stand alone loggers collecting environmental data. The DST is exceptionally well suited for any research involving living subjects because of its biocompatible ceramic material. It‘s not recognized by the animal’s body as a foreign material and therefore lowers mortality rates due to rejection.

Other products include Starmon mini submersible temperature logger, and more bulkier equipment that are unique and revolutionary: Underwater Tagging Equipment, Fish Selector and Fish Call. Star-Oddi has a wide product range of loggers that measure;temperature, depth (pressure), salinity (conductivity), tilt, light and magnetic field strength. These products have been used for a wide range of projects for example fish migration, fishing gear studies, oceanographic, borehole monitoring, toxicology studies, drug development and pasteurization measurements.

Star-oddi has received awards for  innovations:

  • Icelandic Fisheries Award in 2005 for Outstanding Icelandic Supplier and Catching and Research Equipment
  • Icelandic Centre for Research and Trade Council of Iceland for 2006 Innovation Award
  • One of our employees won the Icelandic Centre for Research and Trade Council of Iceland for 2010 Innovation Award
  • One of our employees won the Trade Councils of Iceland 2010 award for Best Export Marketing Plan

Star-Oddi‘s focus is on activities that build strategic relationships with our customers with the aim of achieving total customer satisfaction. We work to ensure optimum R&D efficiency, developing and designing advanced research equipment. Our employees have years of experience in developing and working with research equipment.

Star-Oddi takes its corporate responsibility seriously by developing products and equipment which is used to protect, restore and manage living resources. All of our products can be reused or recycled.

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All Star-oddi products meet 4 listed below conditions:

Biocompatibility

The DST housing is made of alumina, a biocompatible ceramic material that is not recognized as a foreign body by the recieving organism when implanted. DST loggers do not affect animals‘ health in any way when implanted. The loggers can be sterilized in a gas sterilizer or liquid sterilization e.g. 70-80% ethanol. The same logger can be reused as long as the battery lasts assuring dependability of the obtained measurements. All Star-Oddi probes are delivered with an individual calibration certificate, verifying temperature accuracy in each temperature calibration point.

Safety studies

The DST loggers have proven to be a valuable research tool in virology and vaccinology safety studies for collecting temperature and heart rate data from test animals. Researchers appreciate the logger's extremely small size, stable accuracy and biocompatible material suitable for implantation in animals. When implanted, the subject accepts it as an organ, forming tissue around the completely closed ceramic housing.

The DST stores recorded data in its internal memory. Using an implanted data logger enhances the quality of measurements. The studied subject does not have to be handled in order to take measurements and you can obtain data 24 hours a day up to once a second as long as the memory lasts. When enough information has been gathered the logger is retrieved and the data is uploaded in the supporting software Mercury. Each measurement is displayed along with date and time in a graph and a table. The loggers can be easily sterilized in a gas sterilizer and reused as long as the battery lasts.

Commitment to the 3Rs

The 3Rs ethical framework is implemented by Star-Oddi in its DST biomedical loggers series. Being able to measure core body temperature without human interference reduces the stress placed on the animal avoiding consequential fluctuations in the temperature profile. This can reduce the number of laboratory animals used, with fewer animals needed to get reliable temperature data. As an example, the DST-HRT is the only leadless heart rate monitor on the market which minimizes wound pain and trauma of implantation for the animal.

Star-Oddi encourages its users to participate in the 3Rs principle in laboratories (reduce, refine, replace) all over the world by bringing new improved research equipment on the market.

Stability studies

Due to the DSTs small size and practical shape, it can be applied in narrow and small spaces for temperature monitoring. The DST loggers are being used in heat studies of medicine packaging, during stability studies where they can be fitted inside medicine packages close to the examined samples providing more accurate measurements.

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Ideal for rats, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, cats, foxes and other larger research animals. Dimensions 8,3 mm x 25,4 mm.
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Graphical Windows supporting software for Star-oddi DST loggers also heart rate & temeprature loggers. Mercury offers various options for measurement setup and graphical and tabular view of retrieved data.
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Dedicated for bears, swine, cattle, horses and other larger animals. Dimensions: 46 mm x 15 mm.
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SeaStar is our main graphical Windows supporting software for Aquatic and Fisheries Research and other industries. It is compatible with all Star-oddi recorders and offers various options for measurement settings prior to deployment and after data retrieval. It offers graphical and tabular analysis of the recordings.
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Temperature and heart rate sensor for implantation inside the animal body. Dedicated for ferrets, sheep, pigs, dogs and larger animals, also for laboratory fish.
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Temperature sensor for implantation inside the animal body. Dedicated for ferrets, sheep, pigs, dogs and larger animals, also for aquatic animals.
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Dedicated for rats, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, cats, foxes and other larger research animals. Dimensions 8,3 mm x 25,4 mm.
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Suitable for mice, gerbils, hamsters and other small research animals. Dimensions: 17 mm x 6 mm.