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Science  04 May 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6388, pp. 564
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6388.564

Freeze Dryer

The Freezemobile freeze dryer from SP Scientific is designed to provide a convenient, flexible solution for high-quality preparation of peptides, proteins, plant materials, and organic tissue. Offered in 25-L and 35-L condenser sizes, the unit offers the largest capacity commercially available for manifold/flask freeze dryers. With a –85°C condenser to suit optimized removal of a wide variety of solvents, it can be configured for your exact processing requirements, and allows you to add or remove individual samples without interrupting workflow. Featuring an extensive range of single- and multitiered horizontal "T"-type manifolds, the Freezemobile can dry multiple flasks simultaneously. To improve the laboratory operating environment, it can also be supplied with a low-noise, oil-free vacuum pump.

NGC Fraction Collector

The NGC Fraction Collector from Bio-Rad allows researchers to choose how to collect and when to access their fractions. The system can be triggered to collect based on slope, percent of buffer from pump B, pH, and detector signals. Front-to-back dispensing provides easy access to fractions before method completion for faster downstream analysis. Researchers can also choose the type of collection vessel they prefer for each phase of a method, including deep-well plates, tubes, bottles, and carboys (with prep-rack adaptors for large-scale purification). Adding two new fraction collectors to each NGC System can further expand capacity. A highly efficient benchtop Peltier cooling module saves lab space and preserves the integrity of temperature-sensitive biomolecules. An optional enclosure protects samples from environmental conditions while allowing full access during a run. Because the enclosure is optional, the same fraction collector can also be used for reverse-phase chromatography applications.

Automation Workstation

Tecan's Fluent Gx Automation Workstation offers the flexibility to meet a host of laboratory needs—clinical diagnostics, next-generation sequencing, and nucleic acid purification—and provides the advanced security features required for regulated applications in clinical, GCP, GLP, GMP, and QC facilities. The Fluent Gx combines the powerful liquid-handling and workflow benefits already familiar to Fluent users—fast, precise processing, high on-deck workload capacities, and intuitive operation—with a suite of software features needed to comply with rigorous regulatory requirements, including FDA 21 CFR Part 11. These advanced features not only ensure regulatory compliance, but simplify day-to-day activities in busy laboratories and enhance productivity. 

Automated Incubator

BioSpa 8 Automated Incubator links BioTek readers and imagers together with washers and dispensers, for full workflow automation of up to eight microplates or other labware. It can automate your processes, from ELISA tests to long-term live-cell assays. Temperature and CO2/O2 control, plus humidity monitoring and lid handling, ensure an ideal environment for cell cultures during all experiment stages, with minimal manual intervention required. BioSpa's software records and reports session timelines and environmental conditions, while customizable text and email alerts assure confidence during long- and short-term runs. Link a washer or dispenser and a plate reader or imager for start-to-finish workflow automation.

Liquid-Handling System

dragonfly discovery liquid-handling technology from TTP Labtech has been produced to provide researchers a standard platform where they can easily develop and screen complex assays in a robust, cost-effective manner. The platform enables rapid and reliable low-volume dispensing (200 nL and upwards) from a positive-displacement disposable pipette with 4-mL capacity and 96-, 384-, and 1,536-well compatibility, allowing assays to be developed directly in high-density plate format using a common platform. dragonfly discovery not only significantly reduces assay development time, but also facilitates a more seamless transition from development to screening. Additionally, it permits researchers to deploy experiment design as part of assay development—a particularly beneficial feature for complex cellular assays. 

Microplate Mover

Increase throughput, storage capacity, and operational flexibility with the Orbitor RS Microplate Mover. Extensive vertical reach allows multiple stacked or high-density instruments to be loaded in a small footprint, and a bidirectional telescoping arm provides superior reach, improved user safety, and unlimited base rotations within a 360° workspace. Novice users appreciate the Orbitor's numerous safety features. The arm of the mover includes an overhead gripper—with variable force control, the Orbitor will stop with the slightest contact, and plate detection in the gripper eliminates the hassles of dropped and spoiled samples. Orbitor solutions can easily be upgraded in the field, either with multiple devices for operation pooling, or with sample preparation instrumentation. There's also a wide selection of storage options, from random access and stacked storage to storage carousels. 

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