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December 2014 Technology News

This month, we spotlight companies that will be exhibiting at the Society for Lab Automation and Screening’s Fourth Annual Conference & Exhibition (SLAS2015). This year’s event will feature the new 2015 SLAS Leadership Forum, which is geared to the interests of executive-level professionals and co-located with SLAS2015. The event runs February 7-11, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Please remember that these particular products may not be at the show, but the highlighted companies will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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UHPLC System

1290 Infinity II

  • UHPLC SystemEnables operators, scientists and laboratory managers to reach new levels of laboratory efficiency
  • Features high analytical quality, ease of use and the ability to seamlessly integrate into any laboratory
  • Excellent throughput is enabled by high sample capacity per bench space and fast injection cycles
  • Allows smooth method transfer from any legacy equipment


LC Accessories


  • LC AccessoriesDesigned to address key user pain points in the chromatographic workflow and ensure that users continually receive optimal productivity from their LC systems
  • New accessories include Connect fittings, Quick Turn fittings, Stay Safe caps, and LC Flex bench
  • Save time and provide excellent efficiency and ease of use


Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrates

Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy SubstratesSERS

  • Highly sensitive, stable and reliable
  • Deliver precise trace-level Raman spectroscopy measurement in applications ranging from chemical and explosive agent detection, to authentication, contaminant screening and quality control in production environments and the laboratory
  • Provide fast, repeatable SERS measurements for the identification and quantification of SERS-active analytes
  • Detections at the parts per billion and parts per trillion level are possible

Ocean Optics 

LC-MS-MS System

Q Exactive Focus

  • Features high-resolution accurate-mass (HRAM) Orbitrap mass spectrometry
  • Designed for cost-per-sample-sensitive workflows
  • Answers routine quantitative and research analytical demands at an affordable price
  • Particularly suited to food and environmental testing, clinical research, forensic toxicology, pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical measurements, and other applied analyses
  • Provides excellent mass accuracy, sensitivity and fast polarity switching

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Handheld Raman Spectrometer Updates


  • Handheld Raman Spectrometer UpdatesNow faster, more efficient, and easier to use for a wider range of operators
  • New features include faster response on the user interface display, enhanced Wi-Fi and Ethernet operations, and faster data synchronization due to database optimization
  • Also includes new multilingual support, allowing users to input notes in a variety of languages
  • Offers better battery operation efficiency

B&W Tek 

Benchtop EDXRF Spectrometer

JSX-1000S ElementEye

  • Benchtop EDXRF SpectrometerAnalyzes major to trace components on most sample types–solids, powders, and liquids–with little or no sample preparation
  • Complements SEM, EPMA, NMR, and mass spectrometry analyses, providing highsensitivity qualitative and quantitative analysis results in minutes
  • High-sensitivity analysis can be performed across the entire energy range using a maximum of nine types of filters and a sample chamber vacuum unit


HPLC Columns


  • HPLC ColumnsIntegrates the excellent separation performance of silica-based, polymer-coated packing material
  • Provides columns of reversed phase partition mode, normal phase partition mode, and ion exchange mode
  • Other columns available include PC HILIC, Proteonavi, Ceramospher (Chiral), Silica, Chiral CD-Ph, Superiorex ODS, SUCREBEADS, and Reduction

JM Science 

Core-Shell HPLC Columns

Kinetex EVO C18

  • Core-Shell HPLC ColumnsIncorporate a patented organo-silica grafting process that utilizes uniform stabilizing ethane cross-linking to create a unique selectivity and ultimately, pH stability from 1-12
  • Provide the performance advantages of Core-Shell Technology even at extreme low and high pH
  • Especially suited for analytical and preparative HPLC methods at a variety of challenging pH levels such as those in open access labs


Basic Lab

Snap-Freeze Tissue Clamp


  • Snap-Freeze Tissue ClampQuickly freezes animal and human tissue samples
  • Tissue is compressed into a thin disc under a metal clamp head that is pre-cooled in liquid nitrogen or dry ice
  • Freezing occurs in a few milliseconds, thus giving a snapshot of metabolic events in the cells
  • The hard frozen disc is easily fragmented or ground without thawing for subsequent extraction of labile nucleic acids, proteins and intracellular metabolite products

BioSpec Products 

Quick Action Lab Stand

Model QB

  • Quick Action Lab StandSimplifies the testing process by allowing a viscometer to glide up and down, enabling quick positioning, rapid sample change, and improved laboratory efficiency
  • Especially suited for lab environments with multiple operators and those with frequent testing needs
  • Supplied automatically for customers who order DV3T Extra rheometer or DV2T Extra viscometer

Brookfield Engineering 

Laboratory Circulators


  • Laboratory CirculatorsMPC circulators have been replaced with improved models
  • Now feature a redesigned front and are equipped with an RS232 interface as a standard feature
  • Improved temperature indication of the MPC models provides a continuous resolution of 0.1 °C across the entire temperature range
  • Easy to operate and are filled with natural refrigerant as a standard


Hand-Held Digital Thermometers

Hand-Held Digital Thermometers1000 Series

  • Offer speed, accuracy, and performance at an affordable price
  • Simple, fast, reliable operation provides precise, stable readings in even the harshest environments
  • A choice of thermocouples is available–thermistors for lower food safe temperatures, T type (-250 to 400 degrees), and K type (-200 to 600 degrees) for the more extreme heat generated by industrial applications– enabling an extensive range of temperatures to be measured



BioChromato Smart Evaporator

  • ConcentratorCompact sized concentrator is easier and faster to set up than a rotary evaporator
  • Loss of sample due to bumping is never a concern due to the vacuum-assisted air vortex technology
  • Works with a variety of vessels, no need to transfer your sample
  • Especially suited to small volume samples

Eicom USA 

Lab & Batch Processing Evaporator

Rocket Synergy

  • Precision Syringe DriveOffers automated evaporation of a wide range of sample formats and sizes, from millilitres to tens of litres
  • Can dry or concentrate up to six flasks, each containing a maximum of 450ml of solvent, or 18 ASE® vials, with no user intervention or attention
  • Capable of replacing several rotary evaporators


Precision Syringe Drive


  • Precision Syringe DriveCompact, full-height pump is designed for precision dispensing of small to large volumes
  • Performs all standard liquid handling functions including dispensing, serial dispensing and diluting
  • Offers a larges range of compatible syringe sizes
  • Designed for simple integration, a variety of mounting configurations are possible for a single unit or a daisy chain of up to 16 pumps

Hamilton Company 

Cleanroom Wipe Dispenser


  • Cleanroom Wipe DispenserWall-mountable unit is specifically designed to be used in a variety of controlled environments including medical, pharmaceutical, life science, laboratory, and electronics manufacturing facilities
  • Designed to cut back on waste in terms of wipe use • Made from the highest grade ESD safe plastics–suitable for use in ISO Class 5 (Class 100) cleanrooms and higher

High-Tech Conversions 


Product Spotlight

Combating Contamination

Product Spotlight ImageInnovative Technology Allows Users Greater Control Over Conditions

Preventing contamination is critical when using a CO2 incubator. Baker Company aims to help laboratory professionals do just that with the release of their new CO2 incubator, the Cultivo™, which is designed to protect against accidental cell culture contamination from a wide variety of sources.

“From the beginning, we designed Cultivo to be a ‘contamination preventer,’” said Dan Eagleson, vice president of Baker. A number of features work to stop contamination from happening, including vertical, uni-directional downward airflow which delivers ISO Class 4, Class 10 clean air to the incubator chamber within 60 seconds after a door opening. In addition, a fogless interior door gives users a clearer view of cultures on every shelf, meaning they won’t have to open the door as often, thus reducing the potential for contaminants to enter the chamber. Lastly, optional ultrasonic humidification allows users to eliminate the use of a water pan–and the risk of contaminants that typically go along with it.

If contamination does occur, an optional, pre-programmed and easy-to-follow vaporized hydrogen peroxide biodecontamination protocol is available, which effectively kills a wide variety of contaminants in under four hours.

Another cool thing about the incubator is its InteliCELLTM P.I.D. control algorithm, which provides precise, stable and user-defined environmental conditions. InteliCELL consistently maintains user-defined set points by accounting for factors that other technologies leave as unknown.

“This is beyond smart technology,” Eagleson said. “This is the intelligence that drives the performance of Cultivo, delivering a level of precision, control, and uniformity not previously available to researchers within a CO2 incubator. This allows them to explore the impact that each environmental parameter–or a change in those parameters–will have on their work.”

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Imaging Accessory

Hydro Sight

  • Imaging AccessoryMakes it quicker and easier to develop and apply robust particle sizing methods
  • Provides real-time visual monitoring of the dispersion process that precedes every laser diffraction particle size measurement
  • Another accessory, the Hydro SV, a new wet dispersion unit for the Mastersizer 3000, answers the need for reliable particle size data when material is scarce


Ultra High-Speed 1 Mpx Digital Cameras

Phantom v2011, v1611, and v1211

  • Digital CamerasNow have almost 30% more light sensitivity, provide better image quality, and more lighting flexibility than the predecessor versions
  • Make shooting in low-light and difficult-to-light scenarios less difficult
  • All ultra-high-speed Phantom cameras now have sensitivity as high as ISO 6400 (daylight illumination) for color images and ISO 32,000 for monochrome images

Vision Research 

Transmission Electron Microscope


  • Transmission Electron MicroscopeIncreases STEM resolution to 63 picometers
  • Extreme resolution of 63pm is achieved in STEM mode at an accelerating voltage of 300kV
  • Supports accelerating voltage levels of 300kV and 80kV as standard
  • Spherical aberration correctors are integrated in the imageforming system and illumination system, and automatically controlled using the JEOL COSMO corrector system module


Analog Hot Plates & Stirrers

ST15 & ST19 Stirrers and HS15 & HS19 Stirring Hot Plates
BOOTH 1048

  • Analog Hot Plates and StirrersLarge 12” (305 mm) square ceramic heater tops have a temperature range to 450°C
  • Five-position stirring units (ST15 & HS15) can stir 5-800ml beakers, and the 9-position units (ST19 & HS19) can stir 9-500ml beakers of aqueous solutions from 100 to 1500 rpm
  • Each stirring position is individually controlled
  • Units are available in 115VAC/60Hz, 220VAC/60Hz, and 230VAC/50Hz

Torrey Pines Scientific 

Chemicals, Kits & Reagents

Sample Preparation Kits for NGS

Sample Prep for NGSBOOTH 1454

  • RapidSeq Small RNA Sample Prep Kit is optimized for preparation of NGS libraries for subsequent cluster generation, using purified mRNA or total RNA which contains small RNA fragments as input
  • RapidSeq Directional mRNA Sample Prep kit provides strand-specific cDNA synthesis with reduced costs and increased sensitivity


Hepatitis B Reagents

  • Hepatitis B ReagentsExpanded range now available, including MONOTOPE™ and OMNITOPE™ antibodies and recombinant antigens
  • Specificities include surface antigen (HBsAg), HB core, HB “e”, pre-S1, pre-S2 and HB-X
  • Applications for these reagents include ELISA, WB, IHC and rapid tests


Premixed Dry Reagent Cocktails

DuraClone IM
BOOTH 611 

  • Premixed Dry Reagent CocktailsStandardize and streamline workflow for high content flow cytometry in translational research studies involving identification of cellular subpopulations of the human immune system
  • Optimized and easy-to-use panels
  • Provide worry-free compensation to minimize labor and reduce variability and errors when characterizing alterations of immune status through detection of human blood-cell subpopulations

Beckman Coulter 


  • LH Elisa KitCan be used to quantify human LH in serum and plasma samples as well as tissue culture media
  • Fully quantitative, with the ability to detect as low as 5.2 mIU/ml of LH, surpassing semiquantitative Western blot analysis
  • Produces rapid results in less than 2 hours with negligible reactivity to similar glycoprotein hormones

Enzo Life Sciences 

Protein A Kit


  • Protein A KitFor use on the Gyrolab xP workstation and designed and validated for use with the Gyros nanoliter-scale immunoassay platform
  • Includes automated acid dissociation of Protein A and IgG during sample preparation, to ensure contamination is accurately assessed
  • Quantifies native Protein A, recombinant Protein A variants, and MabSelect™ SuRe ligand, and has fewer manual steps than other standard ELISA kits

Gyros AB 

Synthetic Sorbent for SLE


  • Synthetic Sorbent for SLEProvides a novel, synthetic alternative to traditional diatomaceous earth SLE (simplified liquid extraction) products and a simplified approach to traditional liquid-liquid extraction
  • Can be used with the same procedure as traditional SLE sorbents while delivering improved lot-to-lot reproducibility
  • Simplifies the liquid-liquid extraction process by eliminating manual steps and reduces solvent consumption



Hyper Reaction Monitoring Data Analysis Software


  • Now supports spectral library generation from the Thermo Scientific™ Proteome Discoverer™ platform
  • Enables Thermo Scientific™ users to automatically generate spectral libraries from Proteome Discoverer™ search results
  • Allows for the reproducible and accurate quantification of thousands of proteins in a single instrument run
  • Free for academic researchers


Laboratory Information Management System

LabVantage 7

  • LIMSProvides significantly improved user experience as well as capabilities that make it easier to enable process optimization
  • A built-in search engine now makes it possible to find data as easily as you would on the Web
  • New, easy-to-use workflow designer, simplifies modeling and improvement of processes to help users become more compliant and efficient

LabVantage Solutions 

ALH Management Software Updates

ArtelWareTM v1.1
BOOTH 1129

  • ALH Management Software UpdatesThe first in a series of upgrades now in development
  • Adds event tracking and management capabilities that give users more information about causes and effects relating to liquid handler performance
  • Users can now track many events that might affect pipetting, such as preventive maintenance, changes in protocols, consumables and labware, service, and liquid handler malfunctions


Weight Calibration Package


  • Weight Calibration PackageMakes weight calibration for METTLER’s new XPE comparator balances simple and efficient, saving users up to 40% in processing time
  • New version of the calibration software, MC Link 2, delivers a high level of process security and assists users to meet the highest quality assurance demands
  • Software also guarantees process efficiency and manages measurement uncertainty


Tube Code Reading Software

Tracxer v2.2.6

  • Tube Code Reading SoftwareFully compatible with all Micronic tube scanners
  • New user-friendly software is easy to install, gives reliable code readings and can be smoothly integrated into any laboratory sample database
  • New features come at no extra cost with the software and include ActiveX tool kit, improved single tube reading functionality, and easy configuration of different storage rack formats


LC-MS Software Package


  • LC-MS Software PackageThis LC-MS-MS data tool is designed for the pain management and clinical markets
  • Increases the speed and efficiency of data processing and review by allowing users to highlight and review results that are of specific importance to clinicians
  • Allows analysts to filter results by group or based on a clinician’s orders


Life Science

Multi-Label Microplate Reader

TriStar2 S

  • Mulit-label microplate readerNow includes monochromator technology
  • Capable of UV-VIS absorbance, fluorescence, FRET, timeresolved fluorescence, luminescence, BRET, and BRET²
  • Employs the new patent-pending optical concept ALL-4-ONE, which enables luminescence, fluorescence, and absorbance measurements with high respective sensitivities of less than 6 amol ATP per well and less than 0.3 fmol Fluorescein per well


Rat Genome Assays for qPCR


  • Rat Genome Assays for qPCRFully wet-lab validated for specificity, efficiency, and sensitivity, and help researchers adhere to industry best practices known as MIQE
  • Bio-Rad scientists validate all PCR products using next-generation sequencing, verifying the percentage of on-target amplification
  • Researchers will be able to order PrimePCR assays as individual assays (desalted or HPLCpurified), or build a custom plate (96- or 384-well)


Western Blot Automation System


  • western blot automation systemDelivers an affordable solution for busy labs demanding reproducible results
  • Automates blocking, primary and secondary antibody incubation, and all washing steps
  • Uses a simple and elegant design to perform up to 12 blots simultaneously
  • Equipped with up to six trays, three trays on each side that can process six different primary and secondary antibodies

Precision Biosystems 

Medical Research Exome Array


  • Medical Research Exome ArrayHighly targeted and exon-focused, enabling the accurate detection of medical research relevant microdeletions and microduplications
  • The high-density array (1x1M) contains over 4,600 hand-curated genes, which have been grouped into disease- and syndrome-specific panels
  • This research-validated gene content can also be customized for varying array formats (2x400K, 4x180K or 8x60K) and diseases

Oxford Gene Technology 

Assays for Droplet Digital PCR


  • Assays for Droplet Digital PCRNew releases include an additional 100 assays for copy number variation (CNV) and 92 assays for mutation detection
  • Bio-Rad will also be adding 5,620 mutation detection assays that were created using the same algorithms and design rules as the wet-lab validated assays
  • Compatible with all Bio-Rad droplet digital PCR systems


Rare Mutation Analysis Solution

QuantStudio 3D

  • Rare Mutation Analysis SolutionIncludes a panel of wet-lab validated assays combined with an enhanced software tool
  • Enables researchers to detect and quantify 40 of the most common mutations in cancer genes at a prevalence as low as 0.1 percent
  • Primary and secondary software enhancements are designed with specific features for analysis of lowfrequency alleles on the QuantStudio 3D digital PCR system

Life Technologies 

Thermal Cycler

Mastercycler® nexus X2
BOOTH 1337 

  • Thermal CyclerSuited for researchers looking to carry out two PCR reactions simultaneously, without any compromise on the number of samples
  • Comprised of two asymmetric blocks, consisting of 64 and 32 wells, which can be programmed and run completely independently, enabling two separate PCR protocols to be run in parallel
  • Features reduced noise emission (< 40 dB), low power consumption, and a small footprint


Predesigned Gene Capture Pools and Plates


  • Predesigned Gene Capture Pools and PlatesProvide easy access to customizable and costeffective target capture
  • Suited for creating customized target capture panels for enrichment of 10 or more genes or for enhancing the performance of existing panels
  • Available for the coding regions of any human RefSeq gene and are delivered premixed in tubes or in individual plate wells for selective mixing

Integrated DNA Technologies 

Fluorescent Cell Imager


  • Fluorescent Cell ImagerOne of the first cell imaging systems able to deliver the power of microscopy in a system that is as easy to use as a tablet
  • System’s LEDs are instantly ready to use and it is outfitted with a light shield, enabling users to perform experiments right on their benchtop
  • Includes three fluorescent channels and brightfield to simplify fluorescence imaging for cell culture applications


Remote Access Blot and Gel Imager


  • Remote Access Blot and Gel ImagerAllows high performance, walk-away imaging of gels and blots on a smartphone or tablet
  • Using the ‘StatusLink’ feature, researchers can stay updated and even share image results with colleagues in other labs, no matter where they are
  • A sensitive camera provides high-res images of even the biggest gels and blots, as well as tricky applications such as stain-free protein gel imaging


Supplies & Consumables

Single-Use QC Standards

ATCC® Minis

  • Single Use QC StandardsSupport quality control (QC) testing in pharmaceutical and industrial labs
  • High quality strains are now provided in a ready-to-use mini-cryovial format to meet users’ requirements
  • ATCC has created single-use glycerol stocks, so users can validate their QC work quickly and efficiently without the risk of cross-contamination during banking techniques


96-Well Plate Seal

Slit Seal

  • 96-Well Plate SealSelf-closing seal helps users avoid sample evaporation and cross-contamination
  • Pre-cut slits open easily, and PET layer reduces friction for easy handling
  • Easy to insert pipette tips • Does not have adhesive on well spots
  • After 22 hours, 95% of 150 μl water will remain at 37°C
  • After 22 hours, 95% of 150 μl of ACN will remain at 4°C

Eicom USA