Broad Institute Standardizes on Thermo’s MBS Satellite Thermal Cycler

Thermo Electron Corporation has announced the purchase and installation of 215 additional MBS Satellite thermal cyclers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

The recent purchase brings the total number of units to 430, making the MBS Satellite thermal cycler the Broad Institute’s standard tool for large-scale genome sequencing and analysis.

The Broad Institute uses Thermo’s MBS Satellite thermal cyclers for sequencing reactions, PCR, whole genome amplification, single base extension and other tasks requiring temperature control.

The Institute collaborates on a wide range of projects, including understanding the human genome by evolutionary comparison, decoding the genomes of pathogens, and discovering mutations in cancers.

In addition to the MBS Satellite thermal cyclers, Broad Institute scientists utilize other Thermo life science tools including Jouan centrifuges, Forma® incubators and Multidrop® reagent dispensers.

“We selected Thermo’s MBS Satellite thermal cyclers for several reasons,” said Tyler Aldredge, manager of production in the Genome Sequencing Platform at the Broad Institute.

“The system’s small footprint offers us significant space savings. The ability to accurately control 30 MBS Satellite thermal cyclers from one PC saves time.”

“In addition, we are happy with the quick installation and overall service from Thermo. Our laboratory has recently scaled up, and the Thermo service team helped us achieve our goals.”

“Scalability and lab productivity are key elements of Thermo’s product design strategy, and it’s gratifying to see the Broad Institute’s use of our MBS Satellite thermal cyclers as an example of this strategy at work,” said Guy Broadbent, president of the Laboratory Equipment Division for Thermo.

“We are proud to expand our relationship with an international leader in the field of genome research.”

Thermo’s MBS Satellite thermal cyclers are authorized and licensed for PCR.

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