October 15, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 18)
Thermo Fisher Scientific
This new Cell Locker system offers enhanced protection, stability, and flexibility for even the most challenging cultures. Dividing an incubator into six separate autoclavable polycarbonate chambers, it is designed to quarantine different cell types or projects, making it safe to keep different cultures within close proximity. Independent testing has demonstrated that microbial contaminants cannot penetrate or escape a closed chamber, greatly reducing cross-contamination potential. At the same time, door openings affect only the cells grown within the specific chamber being accessed, while conditions across the other chambers remain stable and consistent for optimal growth. The new Cell Locker system is available for the Heracell VIOS 160i and Forma Steri-Cycle i160 CO2 incubators, which have been optimized with a six-segmented inner door configuration to accommodate the individual chambers. Each Cell Locker chamber can hold 9 T-75 cell culture flasks, 20 six-well plates or 24 96-well plates, meeting a wide range of application needs. For added versatility, the design allows users to use all six Cell Locker chambers or combine a few Cell Locker chambers with traditional shelf space.