Thermo Fisher Scientific Introduces Innovative Automated Decapping and Recapping Instrument

Capit-All provides a rapid and effective system for screw-cap storage tubes

MILFORD, MA – (5 June, 2008) – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has today introduced the Capit-All® Screw Cap Tube Capper/Decapper, a new automated system for removing and replacing 96-format screw-cap storage tubes. The co-branded Thermo Scientific and The Automation Partnership (TAP) Capit-All is designed to improve laboratory efficiency and increase the throughput of screening applications and the compact bench-top system will fit easily into any laboratory.

The instrument’s robust design ensures reliable access and storage of samples in Thermo Scientific Matrix®, NUNC® and other screw-cap storage tubes, while reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury associated with manual decapping. The simple four-button user interface enables laboratory personnel of any level to operate the instrument. The Capit-All includes a special ‘anti-binding’ feature that prevents cross-threading and maintains seal integrity with pre-determined torque control. With the system, a drip tray and the air vacuum capability prevents contamination of samples during entry and removal, while the instrument’s high-quality engineering ensures samples remain debris-free. For ultimate sample and assay protection, it is also tolerant to specific de-contamination regimes based on hydrogen peroxide.

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Thermo Scientific is part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science.

About The Automation Partnership

The Automation Partnership (TAP) is an innovative leader in the design, development and implementation of advanced automation systems for the life sciences research industry.

TAP specialises in automation for cell culture, biological sample management, compound management and ultra high throughput screening applications. These range from standalone lab-bench systems to multi-million pound drug discovery facilities.

TAP’s systems are installed in the world’s top Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies and leading research institutions such as: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cambridge Antibody Technology, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Stem Cell Sciences, UK Biobank and Wyeth.

TAP, founded in 1988, is a private company with headquarters in Royston near Cambridge, UK and a U.S. sales and support office in Wilmington, Delaware. TAP employs around 180 staff.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With annual revenues of $10 billion, we have more than 30,000 employees and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, we help solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety and education. Together, we offer the most convenient purchasing options to customers and continuously advance our technologies to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, enhance value for customers and fuel growth for shareholders and employees alike. Visit

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