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Science  10 Jul 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6244, pp. 200
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6244.200-a

Handheld Raman Analyzer

The new Metrohm Instant Raman Analyzer (Mira) brings an increased level of confidence to identification, screening, and confirmation measurements through a unique blend of optical sampling configurations. Mira integrates seamlessly at all phases of the manufacturing process. Eliminating the need for sample transfer and measurement in a separate laboratory setting, Mira brings the analysis to the sample, offering a substantial productivity increase when compared to lab-based analysis. Innovative sampling accessories with built-in system intelligence and search techniques make Mira usable by operators with limited spectroscopy experience. When combined with Orbital Raster Scanning, these sampling improvements provide users with the most repeatable measurements possible. Mira offers the user the choice of two pathways to Raman analysis, providing preassembled industry-specific libraries of compounds, the ability to measure and store user-specific samples for later analysis or a combination of both. An intuitive software package allows assembly of these custom libraries.

Multimode Microplate Reader

A new multimode microplate reader with highly intuitive software delivers automated and versatile functionality to bioscience researchers performing a variety of microplate assays. The Varioskan LUX multimode microplate reader with new SkanIt Software is designed to simplify data acquisition and analysis and accelerate consistency and reliability in assay results. With advancements including integrated smart control technology and automatic dynamic range selection, the Varioskan LUX is designed to simplify setup while optimizing performance to deliver exceptional usability and data reliability. Varioskan LUX is equipped with smart safety controls to help keep research on track. These technologies include automated plate check, built-in shaker speed control, and automatic prime check and position sensors for the built-in dispensers, which are designed to identify and notify the user of potential errors that could compromise research. The SkanIt software monitors and captures measurement data throughout the run to reduce the risk of wasting expensive reagents, samples, and time.

Animal/Xeno-Free Enzymes

Several new grades of Collagenase, recombinant Nucleases DNase I, and RNases A, T1 & T2 and Neutral Protease (Dispase) are now available. All are certified Animal/Xeno-Free (AF) and designed to minimize potential BSE/TSE (prion) and mammalian virus contamination risks associated with bovine and other animal-sourced enzymes for primary and stem cell isolation, bioprocessing, and other biopharm related applications. The use of animal free enzymes eliminates many of the quality and regulatory issues and concerns associated with enzymes commonly purified from animal sources. These new animal/xeno-free plant and fungal sourced proteases products are now available in both research-and bulk-scale quantities. Worthington provides free evaluation samples for qualified customers requiring "contamination-free" enzymes for their critical biomedical applications. All of the Animal/Xeno-Free enzymes meet the required industry documentation from raw material sources through final product release. As well, all enzymes are produced under GMP guidelines in Worthington's ISO 9001 Certified facility.

Liquid Handling Syringe Pump

The new Precision Syringe Drive 6 (PSD/6) is a compact, full-height pump for precision dispensing of small to large volumes. The Hamilton PSD/6 is the newest full-height syringe pump to join the Hamilton PSD family, and performs all standard liquid handling functions including dispensing, serial dispensing, and diluting. The PSD/6 offers the largest range of compatible syringes sizes and is the most compact full-height pump available. Enhanced flow stability and increased dispense times make it ideal for applications like flow cytometry and micro fluidics. Designed for simple integration, a variety of mounting configurations are possible for a single unit or a daisy chain of up to 16 pumps. With selectable communication protocols and flexible programming options, every detail of the pump's performance can be adjusted to accommodate even the most challenging applications. The PSD/6 syringe and valve drive movements are optimized to extend the life and time between product maintenance.

PCR Instrumentation

The IntelliQube is the next generation of high throughput quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) in Array Tape. The IntelliQube is the first fully automated, high throughput instrument to feature seamless integration of liquid handling, thermal cycling, detection, and data analysis. The IntelliQube supports qPCR, end-point PCR, and isothermal chemistries; allowing labs to realize the benefits of inline automation that are enabled by the innovative Array Tape consumable. Array Tape is a thin polymer strip with serially embossed wells that provides a flexible microplate replacement. The introduction of IntelliQube extends this value to a broader scope of applications and laboratories. With the new 768-well Array Tape format, labs can expect twice the PCR throughput compared to traditional 384-well qPCR instruments while substantially reducing chemistry costs with 1.6 μL reaction volumes. The IntelliQube is compatible with an extensive list of chemistries and fluorogenic probes, and offers five distinct detection channels to enable multiplex reactions.

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