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March 2017 Technology News

The latest equipment, instruments, and system introductions to the laboratory market.

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Analytical

UV-Visible-NIR Spectrophotometer

308 PV™

  • Designed to be added to an open photoport of a microscope or probe station so that users can non-destructively analyze the spectra of many types of microscopic samples
  • Features CRAIC Technologies' Lightblades™ spectrophotometers and proprietary optical interface technologies
  • Can acquire spectra of microscopic sample areas by absorbance, reflectance, polarization, luminescence, and fluorescence, in addition to high-resolution color images

CRAIC www.microspectra.com 


Cuvette Spectrophotometer

DS-C

  • A stand-alone instrument engineered for rapid and accurate UV-Vis analysis across a wide range of applications and industries
  • Includes DeNovix’s custom Android™ operating software, Wi-Fi / Ethernet network connectivity, and a glove-compatible HD touchscreen
  • Features built-in EasyApps® for full spectrum UV-Vis measurements, nucleic acid and protein quantification, kinetic studies, and microbial cell quantification

DeNovix www.denovix.com 


Smart Handheld Spectrometer

  • Intended for both demanding industrial uses as well as consumer applications
  • Reliably detects and analyzes common organic materials such as foods, fabrics, and materials in agriculture, environment, medicine and pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and petrochemicals, and more
  • Position the product against any material, call up the smart application on an iOS or Android handheld device, and press start to test the desired object

Heptagon www.hptg.com 


Module for Spectroscopy Suite

ParticleFinder

  • New version developed for the LabSpec 6 Spectroscopy Suite
  • Can be used with the full range of HORIBA Raman microscopes
  • Brings a new level of automation and ease of use for particle analysts who require the unique chemical characterization tools that Raman can offer
  • Includes a simple workflow inspired interface

HORIBA Scientific www.horiba.com/scientific 


CCD Camera

Syncerity VUV

  • Features CCDs sensitive in the far ultraviolet, with 58% quantum efficiency at 120 nm without an anti-reflective coating
  • Offered in a standard format of 2048 x 70 pixels and special optional formats of 2048 x 256, 2048 x 512 pixels, and 1024 x 128
  • Can be deep TE-cooled to -50°C (vacuum), or to -30°C with N2 purge, and offers low dark current and low noise

HORIBA Scientific horiba.com/syncerityVUV 


Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer

NexION® 2000

  • Designed to handle any sample matrix, address any interference, and detect any particle size
  • Features highly flexible Universal Cell Technology™ interference removal and choice of three gas channels, for advanced detection limits
  • Can handle harsh matrices and rapid changes in sample composition with minimal prep time
  • Provides scanning and data acquisition speeds of 100,000 points/sec

PerkinElmer perkinelmer.com/NexION2000 


LC Columns

Clarity®

  • Now include two new particle chemistries for the characterization and purification of synthetic oligonucleotides
  • Clarity Oligo-XT is for high-efficiency reversed-phase LC analysis and purification, while Clarity Oligo-SAX is a high-resolution strong anion exchanger (SAX) for characterization
  • The new Clarity Oligo-XT C18 columns feature novel and robust core-shell media
  • Available in directly scalable 1.7μm, 2.6μm, and 5μm particle sizes

Phenomenex www.phenomenex.com 


Methanizer

CH4izer

  • Designed for Agilent GCs
  • Allows ppb-level determination of CO and CO2 using a cost-effective FID instead of more expensive instrumentation
  • Factory set to 380°C to ensure efficient and complete conversion of CO and CO2 to CH4, but the operator can easily adjust the temperature as desired with the touch of a button

Restek www.restek.com/CH4izer 


Handheld LIBS Analyzer

SciAps Z-300

  • Fires a high energy/pulse laser at the material, creating a plasma, and then uses on-board spectrometer and processors to measure the resulting optical emissions from all elements present, including fluorine
  • Weak fluorine emissions are counteracted by the analyzer’s on-board inert gas purge
  • For users interested in halogen measurement, SciAps can supply the Z-300 with helium cartridges in addition to argon, for improved performance

SciAps www.sciaps.com 


Basic Lab

Flip Front Peristaltic Pump Head

FF Series

  • Designed to provide easy tube loading by a simple flip of the lid
  • The over-center cam linkage with automatic, self-adjusting tubing retention allows for quick tubing changes and reduced maintenance time
  • Unique design allows for flexibility in how the tubing enters and exits the pump head with both side and bottom tubing ports

ANKO www.ankoproducts.com 


Variable Speed Metering & Transfer Pump

VSR

  • Dual side and bottom tubing entry and exit ports allow customized applications
  • Rapid loading pump head allows for tubing changes in less than 30 seconds
  • Offers flow rates from 0.2 to 2500 mL/min dependent on drive RPM and tubing size
  • Allows users to control speed, direction, and start/stop with membrane keypad or remote control capabilities

ANKO www.ankoproducts.com 


Micro Pipet System

  • Designed for filling 1.7mm capillaries • Helps users avoid cross-contamination from syringe to sample
  • Works with 1.7mm capped or plain 100mm long capillaries
  • A repeating adapter prevents overdrawing of the sample Eliminates dilution effect due to rinse solvent in syringe which gives rise to a systemic increase in the measured compound concentration
  • Achieves good sample recovery—approximately 90%

New Era Enterprises newera-spectro.com 


Stainless Steel Lab Table with Backsplash

  • Designed for facilities working with wet or dry chemicals
  • The four-inch backsplash provides a barrier so that items are protected and spills are contained, and the stainless steel resists damage from most common lab chemicals
  • A smooth, crevice-free transition from table-top to backsplash makes it easy to clean messes and wipe down with sterilizing agents

Terra Universal www.terrauniversal.com 


Portable Handheld Data Logger

OM-DAQXL Series

  • Delivers high performance and functionality
  • Offers 8 or 16 universal analog inputs, fast sampling rates, large data storage, and a 7-inch TFT color touchscreen display
  • Touchscreen provides advantages such as an intuitive user interface, easy channel configuration, data logging and play back, and many more
  • Suited for a wide range of applications

OMEGA Engineering www.omega.com/pptst/OM-DAQXL.html 


Laboratory Sample Sealer

Autocapper

  • Enables friction sample seals to be quickly and securely applied to both microplates and microtube racks
  • Features a drawer to hold the user’s microplate and cap mat
  • Ensures highly reliable, high integrity sample sealing over many years of service
  • Able to apply sufficient force to fit cap mats of varying materials to most commercially available deep well plates

Porvair Sciences www.porvair-sciences.com 


Chemicals, Kits, and Reagents

DNA Isolation Kits

innuSPEED

  • Designed to prepare specialized sample material including tissue biopsies, fibrous plant material, soil samples, bacteria/fungi, and stool specimens
  • Microtubes, each containing application-specific beads, are compatible with homogenizers
  • Ready-to-use and efficient, with homogenization and lysis occurring in the same tube
  • Extraction and purification steps are fast with the patented extraction chemistry; all necessary reagents and consumables are included in the kits

Analytik Jena www.analytik-jena.de/en 


Enzymatic Shearing Kit

  • Provides an excellent method for the preparation of high quality, ideally fragmented chromatin for ChIP analysis
  • Offers buffers to optimize the shearing conditions of the user’s chromatin by enzymatic digestion
  • Chromatin prepared using this kit demonstrates excellent enrichment, independent of starting cell number
  • Contains all the necessary reagents and buffers for up to 10 chromatin preparations

ChromaTrap www.chromatrap.com 


IL-6 (Human) ELISA Kit

  • Able to detect IL-6 levels down to 0.057 pg/mL
  • Offers detection in 3 hours, with liquid color-coded reagents that reduce the possibility for error
  • IL-6 is a cytokine critical to the regulation of the immune and hematopoietic systems, usually expressed by T-cells, mast cells, monocytes, macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, keratinocytes, and many tumor cell lines

Enzo Life Sciences www.enzolifesciences.com 


Universal qPCR & RT-qPCR Kits

Luna

  • Optimized for DNA or RNA quantitation from diverse sample sources and target types
  • Compatible with a wide range of instruments
  • Utilize convenient master mix formats and user-friendly protocols to simplify reaction setup
  • The qPCR master mixes are formulated with a reference dye that universally supports real-time instruments and a non-interfering blue visible dye to assist in tracking the reagents

New England Biolabs LUNAqPCR.com 


PCR Optimization Kit

  • Allows users to rapidly define their own unique PCR master mix manufactured under cGMP for research or clinical use
  • Includes magnesium chloride, GoTaq® MDx Hot Start Polymerase, and eight PCR buffers with an array of performance characteristics all manufactured under cGMP
  • An accompanying user guide provides instruction to quickly isolate the ideal configurations for a variety of PCR applications

Promega www.promega.com 


Plasmid Purification Kits

ZymoPURE™

  • The Plasmid Miniprep Kit yields up to 80 μg of ultra-pure and highly concentrated plasmid DNA
  • Also recently released, the ZymoPURE-EndoZero ™ kit uses a modified alkaline lysis method and a unique binding chemistry that yields highly concentrated plasmid DNA, up to 3 μg/μl
  • Lastly, the ZymoPURE-Express™ Plasmid Midiprep kit isolates high-quality endotoxin-free plasmid DNA directly from culture in only 15 minutes

Zymo Research www.zymoresearch.com 

Informatics

Evaporator Control Software

  • The latest version of Genevac’s proprietary “autostop when dry” control software
  • Allows Genevac’s EZ-2, Rocket, and HT-Series evaporators to automatically detect when the samples are dry and then shut it down—safeguarding valuable samples from potential thermal degradation
  • When combined with Genevac's continuous running condensers, this software allows easy unattended operation, offering the possibility of significant increases in productivity

Genevac www.spscientific.com/genevac 


Water Treatment Monitoring Software

Aqualog Datastream Dashboard

  • Seamlessly integrates with the Aqualog instrument
  • Facilitates completely automated analysis and reporting of a wide range of organic matter parameters that are critical for managing and optimizing the drinking water treatment process
  • Datastream parameters have been selected to specifically target disinfection by-product issues, algal issues, and other contamination components
  • Offers a convenient HTML-based interface

HORIBA Scientific www.horiba.com/scientific 


Cloud-Based R&D Software Platform

The E-WorkBook Cloud

  • Designed to meet the future challenges of scientific and R&D data management
  • Features eight intuitive modules
  • Allows customers to select the functionality that meets their current lab requirements, whilst the modular aspect enables them to build on the stack as their needs change or grow
  • Gives users access to new features and updates far sooner than a traditional on-premise system allows

IDBS www.idbs.com 


NLP Text Mining Platform

I2E 5.0

  • The latest version of this natural language processing (NLP) text mining platform includes normalization of concepts (e.g. dates, measurements, gene mutations) within unstructured text, advanced range search, and a new query language EASL
  • Helps tackle the variety in big data, and accelerates insights from unstructured, semi-structured, and structured data sources
  • Normalization and range search helps users find key information

Linguamatics www.linguamatics.com 


Image Capture Software

GeneSys

  • Now includes an icon of pre-set optimized “stain-free” protein gel imaging conditions
  • Will save setup time and ensure accurate stain-free protein gel images every time
  • Available to download free of charge to existing users of specified Syngene imaging systems
  • Allows TGX Stain-Free™ and Criterion™ TGX Stain-Free™ precast gels to be rapidly imaged

Syngene www.syngene.com/GeneSys 

Lab Automation

Pipetting Robot

BRAND Liquid Handling Station

  • Reduces repetitive manual pipetting and increases laboratory efficiency and reproducibility through automation
  • Features 7 working positions and 5 available liquid ends in single channel volumes up to 1000μL and multichannel volumes up to 300μL
  • Offers a wide variety of accessories and moves liquids between reservoirs, tubes, and plates
  • This compact benchtop instrument also features user-friendly software

BrandTech Scientific www.brandtech.com 


Updates to Tube-Based Sample Management Tools

LabElite®

  • Includes upgrades to Hamilton Storage’s LabElite® DeCapper and I.D. Capper, and their LabElite I.D. Reader for continued workflow efficiencies in tubebased sample management
  • A 6-channel head enables use of 24-well tube racks on the LabElite DeCapper and I.D. Capper in addition to 48- and 96-well tube racks
  • The LabElite I.D. Reader now features ColdScan technology

Hamilton Storage www.hamiltoncompany.com/samplestorage 


Automated Sample Storage System

Verso®

  • Provides new flexibility for medium- to large-capacity storage needs from ambient to −20°C
  • Modular format now includes the Verso S1 SE configuration, which is ideal for laboratories with ceiling heights as low as 7.10 ft (2.4 m)
  • Verso’s new Universal Picker, available on all configurations, accommodates 96-well tubes, 1 dram vials, other vial types, and plates

Hamilton Storage www.hamiltoncompany.com/samplestorage 


Tube Capping Systems

Decapper 500 and 550 Series

  • Developed through a partnership between Thermo Fisher Scientific and Hamilton Storage
  • Allow users to cap and decap both Thermo Scientific Matrix and Nunc automation tubes without owning multiple pieces of equipment
  • Do the work of multiple systems and feature Quick Switch technology that seamlessly transitions between different tube and rack types

Thermo Fisher Scientific www.thermofisher.com/samplestorage 


Liquid Handling Platform

dragonfly® discovery

  • Reduces assay development time and greatly improves assay robustness in screening
  • Provides scientists with a standard platform whereby they can easily develop complex assays and screen those assays in a robust and cost efficient manner
  • Enables rapid and reliable low volume (200 nL upwards) dispensing from a positive displacement disposable pipette (with 4 mL capacity), and 96, 384, & 1,536 well compatibility

TTP Labtech ttplabtech.com 


Life Science

Fatty Acid Oxidation Kit

MitoXpress® Xtra

  • Facilitates the convenient measurement of FAO-driven respiration
  • Designed for use with the MitoXpress® Xtra HS - oxygen consumption assay and contains the 18C unsaturated fatty acid oleate as substrate, supplied as a 2:1 BSA conjugate
  • Contains a buffer tablet and L-carnitine for convenient preparation of measurement media and two FAO modulators, etomoxir and FCCP

AMSBIO www.amsbio.com 


Next-Generation Sequencing Workflow

Illumina® Bio-Rad® Single-Cell Sequencing Solution

  • The first next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflow for single-cell analysis
  • Provides researchers the ability to investigate the coordinated contribution of individual cells in tissue function, disease progression, and therapeutic response
  • Comprises the ddSEQ™ Single-Cell Isolator and SureCell™ WTA 3’ Library Prep Kit
  • Includes primary and secondary data analysis conducted via the BaseSpace® Informatics Suite

Bio-Rad www.bio-rad.com/ddSEQ
Illumina www.illumina.com 


Live Cell Imaging System

BioSpa

  • Fully automates live cell imaging workflows for robust, real-time results without the need for manual intervention
  • Features a compact footprint for use on benchtops and in biosafety cabinets
  • Consists of the BioSpa™ 8 Automated Incubator and Cytation™ 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader
  • BioTek’s liquid handling instruments may also be linked with the system for complete, walk away automation

BioTek www.biotek.com 


Automated Thawing System

CellSeal®

  • Provides users with thorough control in the thawing of cryogenically frozen cells, a critical step in the delivery of cell and gene therapies
  • Works through dry conduction with no need of water, a potential source of contamination, and provides an effective, reliable, and scalable solution which supports Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements
  • Provides instant access to vital data

Cook Regentec www.cookregentec.com 


Compound Library

SCREEN-WELL® Cancer Library

  • A collection of 275 ready-to-use compounds for use in cancer inhibitor screening and assay development
  • Comprised of compounds that are dissolved at 10 mM in DMSO and aliquoted at 100 μL per well in deep 96-well plates
  • Contains small molecules affecting mTOR, aurora kinases, tyrosine kinases, PI3K, HDAC, and other differing compound classes

Enzo Life Sciences www.enzolifesciences.com 


Centrifugal Sample Concentrators

miVac

  • Recently released second generation version features a sleek new look
  • Incorporate an improved pressure controller with intuitive programming and graphical display, making them even easier to use
  • Feature solid aluminum JetRotors, offering a high speed of evaporation in an affordable entry level system
  • Capable of removing solvents from a variety of sample formats

Genevac www.genevac.com 


Solution for Short-Term Sample Storage

Novitain™ Capping Solution

  • Ensures sample integrity during the short-term storage of sample collection tubes
  • Consists of the Novitain TPE Capcluster-50, the 50-well format Novitain Storage Rack, and the Manual Capper CV750
  • The Novitain TPE Push Caps offer an ideal solution for safe short-term sealing of sample collection tubes stored in a 50-well format rack

Micronic www.micronic.com 


Sarcoma FISH Probe Range

Cytocell Aquarius®

  • OGT has introduced three new probes: FUS Breakapart and FOXO1 Breakapart, both carrying the CE-IVD label—and TFE3 Breakapart, for research use only
  • Deliver high-intensity signals with minimal background fluorescence
  • Supplied as ready-to-use, premixed solutions to minimize the risks of experimental errors, delivering confidence in results

Oxford Gene Technology www.cytocell.com 


Sample Collection Devices

DNA/RNA Shield™

  • Each type of collection tube contains Zymo Research's DNA/RNA Shield™ storage reagent, which preserves the genetic integrity and expression profiles of various samples
  • Samples can be stored at ambient temperature for up to 30 days while maintaining the integrity of the nucleic acids in the sample
  • Include five new collection devices

Zymo Research www.zymoresearch.com 


Service

Immunoassay Development & Manufacturing Services

  • Capabilities have been expanded to include plate coating, washing, drying, and quality control, creating an excellent manufacturing suite for immunoassay kits
  • Enhanced manufacturing capabilities will further strengthen the company’s existing immunoassay service and offer more flexibility to clients
  • Will complement Biofortuna’s molecular IVD services

Biofortuna biofortuna.com 


Screening Services to Predict Sources of DNA Damage

CAN MultiFlow™

  • More accurately predict genotoxic and mode of action properties of substances, ingredients, and drug compounds
  • Offered through its BioReliance® testing facilities, MilliporeSigma will be the first company to provide this service in the United States
  • Process uses flow cytometry to quickly and efficiently screen for clastogens, aneugens, and non-genotoxicants (CAN) in pharmaceutical compounds, agricultural chemicals, flavors, fragrances, and consumer products

MilliporeSigma www.emdgroup.com 


Supplies and Consumables

Low Retention Pipette Tips

GripTips

  • Feature a unique polypropylene blend with increased hydrophobic properties
  • Unlike silicone coated pipette tips which can wash out (or leach out) with the sample, these tips will not negatively impact the user’s results
  • Heightened hydrophobic properties prevent samples from spreading out, enabling maximum liquid recovery
  • Feature a low attachment force and a low ejection force

INTEGRA Biosciences www.integra-biosciences.com 


Thermoplastic, Self-Sealing Film

Parafilm (PM 992)

  • Holds moisture loss to a minimum
  • Can be used as an economical covering or stopper for laboratory equipment such as: test tubes, beakers, vials, petri dishes, flasks, and other various instruments and objects that have irregular surfaces
  • Also can be used as a shelf or tray liner in order to prevent slipping of bottles or instruments
  • Odorless and semi-transparent

JM Science www.jmscience.com/general-lab-consumables 


96-Well Reusable Cap Mats

  • Made from 100% pure silicone that has been conditioned for low bleed and ease of needle penetration when used with autosamplers
  • Reseal after each piercing and may be re-pierced many times without loss of function
  • Specially treated with a PTFE coating, offering increased chemical resistance thereby maintaining high sample integrity even over extended periods of time

Porvair Sciences www.porvair-sciences.com 


Filter Sample Holders

HH201 and HH201F

  • Designed for Prior Scientific’s H101A and flat top H101F ProScan® motorized microscope stages
  • Enable quick, efficient, and precise automated imaging and analysis of 47 mm diameter filters using ProScan® motorized stages on upright microscopes
  • Designed to hold the filter securely, yet still leave a 45.5 mm diameter viewable, allowing analysis of almost the entire surface

Prior Scientific www.prior.com 


Wide Bore Disposable Tip

1,000 μl Liquid Handling Arm™

  • Initially available for use with the Air LiHa™ air displacement pipetting option on Freedom EVO® workstations
  • Developed to help alleviate some of the issues associated with handling complex liquids for applications such as biobanking and clinical diagnostics
  • Aimed at users routinely working with viscous or non-homogenous biological fluids
  • Supplied in Tecan Pure purity in Tecan’s standard hanging tray format

Tecan www.tecan.com/consumables 

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