Laboratory Automation: Company Announcements

Affymetrix awarded premier application status to Beckman Coulter’s ArrayPlex application for automated target RNA preparation on the Biomek 3000. Platicell entered into an agreement with Hamilton to automate its Combinatorial Cell Culture technology for determining optimal protocols to direct stem cell differentiation. Tecan AG and pION launched the PAMPA (Parallel Artificial Membrane Permeability Assay) Explorer manual system for drug permeability screening, featuring Tecan’s Infinite M200 microplate reader. Tecan AG and Atoll integrated their respective EVO liquid handling workstation and MediaScout 96-array RoboColumn system for automated bioprocess parameter screening and high-throughput screening of chromatographic resins. Tecan AG and GE Healthcare are collaborating on automated protein handling and screening using GE Healthcare’s prepacked MultiTrap chromatography media. The first application will focus on protein expression screening. NEXUS Biosystems established a European subsidiary, NEXUS Biosystems GmbH, in Munich, Germany, in October 2007. Anachem and Innovadyne collaborated to integrate their respective Flexus liquid handler and Nano-dispenser. In November 2007, BioTek Instruments opened a representative office in Singapore. Distek will exclusively distribute CHATA Biosystems’ preblended CHEM+NECT dissolution media and CHATA will distribute Distek’s ezfill 4500 Dissolution Media Preparation Station. Genetix appointed Jerry Williamson to the newly created position of president, US Operations, and as global leader of Diagnostic Business Development. He was previously president of Biacore.

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