Tools for Cellular Analysis
Beckman Coulters flow cytometry systems and reagent offerings also serve both research and diagnostic markets. The companys successful FC 500 platform serves the research market while also addressing the clinical market with in vitro applications, such as tetraCXP for CD4 monitoring and stemCXP for stem cell monitoring, along with flexibility to meet researchers needs. The new Cell Lab Quanta and Quanta SC (with side scatter measurement) offer alternative flow cytometry solutions for research outside of core labs.
Beckman Coulter is expanding its line of cellular research reagents to include monoclonals based on both human and animal models and bead-based multiplex reagents with key human mouse multiplex cytokine panels.
In other recent developments, Affymetrix (www.affymetrix.com) awarded its Premier Application Status to Beckman Coulters ArrayPlex for automated target RNA preparation in September. The ArrayPlex, based on the Biomek FX liquid handling platform, allows researchers to automate sample preparation for the Affymetrix GeneChip. This technology will accelerate R&D and marketing of new tests and therapies.
The Premier Application Status permits Beckman Coulter to market its ArrayPlex technology to Affymetrix customers. At the recent Lab Automation Conference in Palm Springs, the company introduced the Biomek 3000 ArrayPlex, which Beckman Coulter describes as a more economical, lower throughput option.
Some mature lab workhorses like Beckman Coulter centrifuges have also been improved. They now come with enhanced biosafety features for containing biological hazards, such as transparent Aerosolve canisters and biocertified covers to prevent aerosol contamination. Centrifugation is a fundamental tool used in all processes, including genetic analysis, cellular analysis, and biomarker discovery. It all starts with spinning down that cell lysate, removing the debris, and precipitating the protein, says Chapman.