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Mar 1, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 5)

Review: LabAuto Product Introductions

Hardware and Software Solutions Intended to Increase Efficiency in Biotechnology Research

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    Fluxion Biosciences’ BioFlux 200

    à Fluxion Biosciences uses pneumatic pumping technology to replace liquid handling, providing accuracy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, said Mark Atlas, director of sales.  The company’s BioFlux 200 system incorporates the proprietary microfluidic design for live-cell applications such as cell adhesion and microbial biofilm studies under controlled-shear conditions. The IonFlux™ systems combine the microfluidic technology with integrated electronics to automate ion channel research in drug screening.

    à Hamilton Company introduced the BioLevitator, which “brings walkaway high-content screening to the benchtop,” according to Jason March, dealer product business unit manager.  The automated cell culture system uses Global Eukaryotic Microcarrier (GEM™) technology from Global Cell Solutions, an optically nonclear bead with magnetic properties that enables pipetting of cells for media changes.  Researchers can do assays without cells coming in contact with harmful trypsin, and can make, store, and retrieve cells without human intervention.

    à PerkinElmer unveiled its EnSpire multilabel plate readers for life sciences research, assay development, and drug discovery. The automation-friendly plate reader platforms enable scientists to access a wide range of cellular GCPR and kinase assays without cumbersome wash steps. “For researchers who need to maximize their resources, there’s lowered compound interference and assay costs, plus the ability to perform various assays on one instrument,” said Allan E. Atkinson, Ph.D., drug discovery specialist.

    à Rotary is the future of real-time analysis, according to Brant Bassam, Ph.D., global marketing manager of Qiagen. He explained that the centrifugal rotary design of the company’s new Rotor-Gene Q PCR cycler offers high-speed data collection, thermal and optical uniformity, and the ability to look at multiple reactions at the same time in a single-tube, seven-plex assay for real-time metabolic analyses, protein melt analyses, and high-resolution melt analyses. Another introduction, the QIAgility, enables automated PCR setup at the personal level in the laboratory, eliminating manual pipetting steps.

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