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Cover Story |  Volume 5 - Issue 9  |  November 2010

Hidden Treasure

Turning your aging and unused lab equipment into cash


Business Management

Hidden Treasure

Driven by the need for greater cost effectiveness and the desire to extract the most value from pricey assets, laboratory managers are converting their unused, excess and replaced equipment into cash.

Instrument Life-Cycle Management

A key factor in maximizing return-on-investment in the lab is the ability to align the right scientific instruments, i.e., fixed lab assets, with science initiatives. Maintaining the right scientific instruments can help companies increase biological screening efficiency, shorten the drug development process, and meet milestone objectives.

The Economics of Rapid Microbial Testing

The four key criteria in selecting the right rapid microbial method share a common trait: a strong correlation to financial results. Without a strong value proposition, you simply wont have the support of your finance and operations management.

Leadership and Staffing

Time Out!

In order to thrive in today's work environment, you need to change the way you look at time. The key is not just managing your time, but maximizing it.

Scientific Talent Wars

In the great global game to woo and win scientific talent, more employers are extending non-cash motivators as the proverbial carrot. Attracting and retaining talent without pay increases is absolutely a discussion people are having.

Lab Manager Academy: Is Your Team Ready for the Playoffs?

In order to win, all members of a team have to understand the vision and recognize their role in accomplishing the teams goals.

Laboratory Technology

Four test tubes with labels

Five Common Mistakes in Lab Labeling

Done right, labeling improves accuracy and enables data and resource sharing

Maximizing the Value of Scientific Data

How one LC column manufacturer used a scientific data management system to decrease operational costs and accelerate product delivery.

November 2010 Technology News

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

Technology News qPCR Reagent

Optimized for users of PCR systems employing ROX as a passive reference for normalization.

Technology News Ductless Fume Hood

Features Silconazyne™ filtration system, allowing for one gas phase filter that fits most gas phase applications.


Technology News Liquid Handling Workstation

Validated for the organic solvent extraction of 25(OH)D from blood serum using liquid-liquid extraction (partition chromatography).

Technology News Energy-Saving Ductless Fume Hood

Minimizes stress on HVAC systems without compromising protection for personnel and the environment.

Technology News Reagents for Glycobiology and Glycoanalysis

Allows easy quantification of sulfated GAGs in tissues such as cartilage, cultured chondrocytes, and chondrocyte culture solution.

Technology News Fume Hoods

Feature unitized flame retardant composite resin construction for total chemical and corrosion resistance.

Technology News Recirculating Evaporator

Includes an Auto-Fill feature allowing unattended evaporation of samples generated by any separation or extraction system.

Technology News Microplate

Optimiser™ Features a microfluidic channel as the reaction chamber (instead of the well), reducing assay times and sample/reagent consumption.

Technology News Spectrophotometer + Fluorometer

Scans full wavelength spectrum (absorbance, percent transmittance, intensity) in less than one second.

Technology News Karl Fischer Volumetric Titrator

AQUACOUNTER® AQV-2200S Small volume titration cell requires only 20mL of titration solvent for accurate measurements.

Technology News Microplate Evaporator

Designed to quickly and safely remove solvents from 96- or 384-well plates.

Technology News Microplate Dispenser

Dispenses up to four independent, parallel reagents in volumes from 1 µL to 3 mL, and microplates from 6- to 1,536-well, including low-profile, standard height, deep well and even microtubes.

Product Focus

Incubators: An Enabling Technology For Translational Medicine

Incubators: An Enabling Technology For Translational Medicine

Incubators are enabling cell and microbiological culture for industry as well as basic research.

Vacuum Pumps: The Widest Dynamic Range of Any Lab Device

Vacuum Pumps: The Widest Dynamic Range of Any Lab Device

Vacuum pumps are essential, but little understood by users.

Product Focus: GC-MS

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is the fastest-growing GC method.

Product Focus: LIMS

LIMS may be processor workflow-oriented, industry-oriented, or incorporate aspects of both.

Lab Product

Evolution of Lab Refrigerators and Freezers

Tracing the origins of lab refrigerators and freezers and looking ahead to future advances.

Lab Health and Safety

What's That Smell?

What's That Smell?

In order to maintain employee and occupant health, comfort and productivity, it is essential to manage indoor environmental quality (IEQ) effectively.

Ask the Expert

How to Set Up Lab and Data Security

Murat Kantarcioglu, Ph.D., talks to Tanuja Koppal about the new technologies he is creating for mining and sharing various types of data without compromising the security or privacy of the information.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Municipal Water Lab

Perspective On: A Municipal Water Lab

Connie Schreppel, director of water quality at Mohawk Valley Water Authority, oversees a 2,100-square-foot water quality lab, a 300-square-foot laboratory located in a treatment plant as well as the operations of the less-than-typical Adirondack watershed lab.

How it Works

How it Works: A Personal Microarray System

The GeneAtlas System is the first personal microarray solution that makes the power of microarrays accessible to life scientists in their own labs.

How Advancing Spectrophotometric Flexibility Works

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed the Thermo Scientific Multiskan GO UV-Vis spectrophotometer which offers free wavelength selection for both 96- and 384-well plates and various types of cuvettes.

How to Increase Fluorescence Spectroscopy Sensitivity Requirements

The most accurate method of measuring SNR is to ratio the peak Raman intensity to the average intensity of a signal free baseline region.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager Magazine's Independent Guide to Purchasing a Vacuum Pump

Laboratory vacuum pumps are one of the most ubiquitous pieces of laboratory equipment, and also one of the most difficult to choose.