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March 2015 Technology News

This month, we highlight companies that will be exhibiting at two upcoming tradeshows, Experimental Biology 2015 (EB 2015) and the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2015 annual meeting and Exhibit (AACR 2015). EB 2015 will take over the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA from March 28-April 1. AACR 2015 will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, from April 18-22, 2015, with exhibit dates April 19-22. Remember that these specific technologies may not be at the show, but their manufacturers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Portable FTIR Package

4500 Polymer Package
Booth 323 (EB 2015)
Booth 711 (AACR)

  • Designed to help manufacturers ensure the quality and safety of products made from PVC polymer
  • Can non-destructively determine the chemical composition of a polymer in seconds
  • If the polymer is identified as PVC, the 4500 will accurately measure the amount of phthalate present
  • Brings the analytical precision of Fourier transform infrared spectrometry to any location and delivers lab-quality results


Discrete Analyzer

Smartchem 600

  • This fully automated, direct read, discrete analyzer maximizes productivity for routine and special chemistries, up to 600 tests/hour
  • Utilizes washable cuvettes with an integrated wash and control station, guaranteeing a lower running cost and reduced risk of contamination
  • Offers automated system quality control in addition to automated analysis
  • Provides a high capacity of 200 samples

AMS Alliance 

Medium-Pressure Chromatography Systems

NGC Discover™ & NGC™ Discover Pro
Booth 262 (EB 2015)
Booth 1527 (AACR)

  • Automation capabilities of both systems make them suited for advanced purification applications such as method optimization and multi-step and tandem protein purification
  • Available with a 10 ml/min pump module or with the recently-released NGC 100 ml/min pump module
  • Increase throughput by being able to load multiple samples and run up to 15 columns sequentially


UV-Vis-NIR Microspectrophotometer

Concept FLEX™

  • Flexible in configuration, capabilities, and pricing
  • Operates from the deep ultraviolet to the near infrared • Depending upon the configuration of FLEX™, samples can be analyzed by absorbance, reflectance, luminescence, and fluorescence with high speed and accuracy
  • Allows the user to image microscopic samples directly with DirecVu™ optics and with high resolution color digital imaging


Orthophosphate Analyzer

YSI P 700

  • Measures the amount of orthophosphate throughout the wastewater treatment process
  • Can be used as a standalone analyzer in a facility or in conjunction with other sensors in an YSI IQ SensorNet system
  • Continuous data it provides can help verify phosphate elimination in the wastewater process and improve operational efficiency


Basic Lab

Mass Flow Meters and Controllers

GFM Meters and GFC Controllers

  • Designed respectively to read or set gas flow rates
  • Now include upgraded features that enhance the products’ performance without impacting the cost, including faster response times and easy serviceability
  • Offer instrumentation-grade ±1% accuracy for models up to 100 liters
  • Constructed of aluminum and brass for non-corrosive gases and 316 stainless steel for corrosive applications

Aalborg Instruments 

High Performance Centrifuge

Avanti JXN-30
Booth 1934

  • Improves workflow by delivering high throughput performance and an expanding and increasingly varied separations capability
  • Capability ranges from high efficiency, high volume separations using fixed angle rotors to high force zonal separations with swinging bucket rotors
  • MobileFuge remote application enables customers to access all types of data, carrying out remote monitoring, control, and error-handling via networks and mobile devices

Beckman Coulter 

Digital Refractometer


  • This portable and water-resistant meter can be used for sucrose measurements in the lab or field
  • Employs the measurement of refractive index to determine parameters pertinent to sugar concentration analysis
  • Measures the refractive index of a sample and converts it to %Brix within seconds
  • Temperature can be displayed in Celsius or Fahrenheit and is automatically compensated for with each sample measurement

Hanna Instruments 

Fume Hood

UniFlow CleanAire II

  • Designed to meet DH I requirements as defined by SEFA 9
  • Features a built-in carbon filtration system to adsorb non-toxic fumes and odors
  • Equipped with an integral blower, vapor-proof light, fan, and light switches
  • Superstructure is constructed of chemical and flame-resistant, non-metallic no-rust composite resin with a molded one-piece seamless interior fume chamber


50 μl Electronic Pipettes

Booth 2235

  • Now available for single-, 8-, 12- and 16-channel VIAFLO II pipettes, the new models deliver optimized precision pipetting in the volume range of 2 – 50 μl
  • Fill the gap between the 0.5-12.5 μl and 5-125 μl ranges
  • Combine ultra-lightweight design and operational comfort, enabling users to improve efficiency in their working environment


Mobile Bases for Workbenches

  • Now available for almost all Lista workbenches and workstations, including the Arlink® and Align® brands
  • Maximize convenience and allow users to easily reconfigure their workspace to keep up with changing demands
  • Complimentary ListaWorks™ service allows for even further personalization


High-Speed Storage Tube Code Reader

Tracxer TS201 MINI

  • Reads 1D rack barcodes, 1D barcoded tubes and 2D Data-Matrix coded tubes (in 96-, 48- and 24-well formats) all in less than a second
  • This compact, plug-and-play reader requires no software installation and is very easy to use
  • Read data can be sent to multiple applications due to its proprietary keyboard wedge functionality


3D Scanning System

Lab-robot Top-Eye™ LT

  • Allows users to scan large samples without any sample preparation
  • Provides ultrafast and precise 3D scanning up to 7000X magnification
  • Easy add-on accessories allow the system to adapt to all sorts of applications
  • Features versatile and powerful software
  • Also features “Never lost navigation,” high throughput, and allows particle counting (morphometric analysis), fiber analysis, and more


Freeze Dryer


  • Uses high-quality components and design techniques combined with an advanced PC/PLC control system
  • Suited to both protocol development and small scale production needs
  • Offers up to 6.25 sq ft of shelf area and 12L of condensing capacity with 63mm of shelf-to-shelf spacing
  • Easy-to-use software provides automatic freeze-drying, defrost, and system testing

Millrock Technology 

Universal Fluorescence Illumination System

Lumen 1600-LED

  • Offers individual control for 16 selectable wavelengths
  • Compatible with all simple and multiband filter sets
  • Provides ease of use through a “white light” mode with simple on/off and intensity buttons
  • Fitting directly to most microscopes, the system enables for rapid switching between LED wavelengths to allow for capture of high speed events

Prior Scientific 

Beads for Lab Ice/Water Baths

Thermal Lab Beads™

  • Help reduce the risk of losing samples due to waterborne contaminants and are an ideal alternative to ice or water
  • Aluminum construction of the beads means they will not melt, evaporate, or require significant maintenance
  • Eliminate floating samples and the need for racks or weights
  • Provide stable support for most glass and plastic sample vessels and reduce messy dripping water


Peltier-Driven Benchtop Cooler

Electric Ice Bucket™

  • Can save time, money and energy as compared to traditional water baths and ice buckets
  • Filled with aluminum tecaLAB™ Thermal Beads™ in place of ice or water
  • Samples are held securely by the Thermal Beads™ —in any orientation—without the need for racks or other accessories
  • Thermal Beads™ reduce dripping water, floating accidents, and the risk of lost samples due to water contamination


Cell Culture

Cryopreservation Solution


  • This chemically-defined cryopreservation solution for human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) is free of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and animal-derived components
  • Allows researchers to characterize cells in DMSO-free environments during basic and translational research, which may add valuable insight downstream and facilitate scale-up
  • Maintains the potency of MSCs throughout cryopreservation while sustaining comparable cell viability to solutions containing 10% DMSO

Irvine Scientific 

Compact Bioreactor/Fermenter


  • Designed specifically as an entry-level model for fermentation and cell culture as well as for educational purposes
  • System’s control tower features a complete array of measurement and control functions like easy-load peristaltic pumps, an aeration module, and conveniently accessible probe ports and supply connections
  • Aeration system provides automatic flow control over the full range of each gas used


Chemicals, Kits & Reagents

Transfection Reagent

DNA-In™ Neuro
Booth 668 (EB 2015)
Booth 814 (AACR)

  • Developed specifically for maximum nucleic acid delivery into neurons, typically achieving a two-fold or greater improvement in efficiency over currently-available competing reagents
  • Offers researchers a cost-effective, robust, and easy-to-use DNA delivery solution for transfecting freshly-isolated and cryopreserved neurons
  • Reproducibly transfects neurons and neural stem cells at optimal efficiency with very low toxicity



Life Science Software Package

Booth 323 (EB 2015)
Booth 711 (AACR)

  • Newly-optimized for researchers focused on genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, or any combination of life science disciplines
  • Includes GeneSpring GX and Mass Profiler Professional, which now allow users to examine the strength and direction of the relationship among samples or between genes, proteins and metabolites, using Correlation Analysis
  • Also includes Pathway Architect, which now supports the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathways


FT-NIR Networking Software

Booth 846 (EB 2015)
Booth 2227 (AACR)

  • This server application is accessed via a browser-based web interface (WebUI)
  • Allows users to set up, administrate, and control a network of FT-NIR instruments from a central remote location anywhere in the world
  • All data measured on local spectrometers are stored first locally and replicated to a ONET database for central access


ELN Software

E-WorkBook 10

  • A technology overhaul provides users with new ways to visualize, present, and consume data, including enhanced charting and canvasing capabilities
  • Modern, clean web browser simplifies and speeds data capture and workflow, delivering flexible access away from the bench
  • Primed to support scientists with today’s research complexities and is also a foundation for future iterations


Mass Spectrometer Software Upgrade

ChromaTOF-HRT version 1.81

  • New features and functionality improvements make data review and acquisition easier and more intuitive for users
  • Tools include advanced filters and compound class-specific mass defect plots
  • Automated formula matching for deconvoluted fragment ions and ChemSpider to help identify “unknown/unknowns” give users the best means to evaluate their results fully and efficiently
  • Includes acquisition-centric upgrades with a focus on ease of use


Lab Automation

Robotic Plate Handler

CFX Automation System II
Booth 262 (EB 2015)
Booth 1527 (AACR)

  • Enables high-throughput, walk-away real-time PCR automation for all Bio-Rad CFX real-time PCR detection systems
  • Facilitates hands-off, around-the-clock data generation and analysis
  • Allows users to operate two CFX systems with a single plate handler using a fraction of the space required by other systems
  • Users can begin with one real-time system and scale up to two systems when required


Automated Sample Management System

Tube Auditor™ 2.0

  • Increases lab productivity and helps remove uncertainty from the high-throughput screening process
  • Enables the rapid, non-contact sample volume measurement and precipitate detection of SBS-format microtubes in a single audit pass • Minimizes downstream costs from the processing of empty plate wells
  • Avoids damage to liquid-handling tips caused by failed de-cap operations
  • Increases confidence in the concentration of delivered output samples

Brooks Life Science Systems 

Automated Storage Platform

Booth 331 (EB 2015) (Hamilton Company)
Booth 751 (AACR) (Hamilton Robotics)

  • Easily configured to meet the needs of demanding sample management applications
  • Can be scaled to fit sample capacities ranging from 100,000 to over 5 million tubes at temperatures from ambient to -20°C
  • Capable of storing and processing up to 1,500 tubes and plates per hour, and allows loading and unloading of up to 70 sample racks at a time

Hamilton Storage Technologies 

Life Science

Genotyping Arrays for Agrigenomics

Axiom® Porcine and Axiom Equine
Booth 1613

  • Each feature more than 600,000 markers
  • Available to the agriculture community under the Axiom Expert Design Program
  • These two high-density arrays add to the product portfolio that includes bovine, chicken, maize, salmon, and wheat
  • Offers the agriculture community the capabilities to rapidly design and develop custom arrays


RNA Assay

eBioscience PrimeFlow™
Booth 1613

  • Capable of simultaneous detection of RNA and protein within millions of cells at single-cell resolution
  • Allows researchers to incorporate the simultaneous analysis of RNA transcripts and proteins to elevate their understanding of single-cell dynamics
  • Enables high throughput detection of RNA and protein expression • Features a user-friendly protocol


High-throughput Oligonucleotide Microarray

GenetiSure Pre-Screen Kit
Booth 323 (EB 2015)
Booth 711 (AACR)

  • Used for screening aneuploidy and other genomic aberrations in the 5- to 10-Mb range from single cells in three- and five-day embryos
  • Allows for a turnaround time of less than eight hours from DNA extraction to data analysis
  • Consists of a microarray that can run up to 14 samples and two reference samples simultaneously


Mini PCR Cardboard Cryo Boxes


  • Designed to hold single PCR tubes or strips of 8
  • One-inch height of the box prevents tubes from falling down inside the grids
  • Hold (64) 0.2mL tubes
  • To maximize storage utility, two of the boxes can be stacked inside each slot in vertical freezer racks used for 2” mini boxes


Nuclear Staining Dyes

Booth 262 (EB 2015)
Booth 1527 (AACR)

  • These high-purity formulations simplify nuclear staining for fluorescence imaging experiments
  • Eliminate the need for weighing and require only a single dilution step upon resuspension
  • Five-vial pre-aliquoted format ensures that only the amount required is reconstituted to avoid wasting reagents
  • Can be easily combined with other stains and dyes for multicolor imaging experiments


Automated Droplet Generator

Booth 262 (EB 2015)
Booth 1527 (AACR)

  • Combined with the QX200™ droplet reader and a laptop computer with QuantaSoft™ software, this system provides a worry-free, automated way to generate droplets for high-quality data
  • At maximum capacity, the system can generate droplets for 96 wells in less than 45 minutes
  • Sensitive enough to detect differences in users’ pipetting habits


Gel Documentation & Analysis Systems


  • Provide researchers with a quick, simple, and flexible solution for their gel documentation needs in a compact and affordable benchtop unit
  • Easy-to-use, yet powerful
  • omniDOCi shares all the same features as the standard omniDOC but adds wireless connectivity, enabling the system to be run in a darkroom from a remote PC or tablet

Cleaver Scientific 

Gold Nanoparticles with Specialized Coatings

Gold NanoRods and Gold NanoSpheres

  • Available in a range of different sizes and peak absorption wavelengths
  • Suited for use in imaging, tumor targeting, microscopy, lateral flow assays, SERS, catalysis, photonics, and several other high-technology applications within the fields of life science and materials science
  • Silica-coated nanorods resist melting and shape distortion even when subjected to extreme heat


Real Time Thermal Cycler

Eco 48

  • Capable of running 40 cycles in 15 minutes while still using standard chemistries and plastics
  • In a typical run, can still complete 40 cycles in 40 minutes compared to 2 hours with competitive systems
  • Features a very uniform block (±0.1°C recorded at 95°C with no settle time)
  • Includes adaptive LED control


Microsampling Device

Neoteryx Mitra (RUO)

  • Designed for the collection, transport, storage, and analysis of biological fluids
  • Consistently collects 10 μL of fluid in seconds while eliminating the volumetric blood hematocrit bias typically associated with the dried blood spotting technique
  • Offered in two formats, including an automation-friendly option for high-throughput environments
  • Suited for non-experts and requires no specialized lab equipment


RNA Target Enrichment System

Booth 1011 (Roche Diagnostics)

  • Includes a comprehensive lncRNA (long non-coding RNA) design and a full range of custom enrichment offerings
  • Designed to enable researchers to achieve significantly enhanced discovery power and targeting efficiency of RNA-Seq
  • Dramatically increases RNA-Seq’s sensitivity to low-abundance transcripts without introducing any systematic bias
  • Also suitable for researchers who would like to focus on a subset of genes or transcripts

Roche NimbleGen 



  • Designed for the cultivation of microorganisms and cell cultures
  • Equipped with a DCU controller and a number of added functions like gravimetric feed control, advanced DO controller, and integrated off-gas measurement
  • Culture vessels are supplied with operating volumes of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 liters
  • Features a modular design that allows for individual system configuration


Compact Confocal Microscope

LSM 800
Booth 707 (EB 2015)
Booth 413 (AACR)

  • Complements the recently-introduced ZEISS LSM 8 family
  • Features highly sensitive GaAsP detector technology and fast linear scanning
  • Provides high image quality and offers enhanced productivity and throughput, as well as greater flexibility in live cell imaging
  • Optional Airyscan module delivers 1.7 times higher resolution and higher sensitivity than conventional confocal microscopes


Supplies & Consumables

Cartridge System


  • Cartridge-based system protects any non-aqueous gel permeation chromatography (GPC) column
  • Replaces traditional guard columns, offering a more convenient and cost-effective system for protecting expensive GPC columns from the damaging effects of contaminants and microparticulates
  • Design enables the user to visually inspect the surface of the column’s packing material at any time and monitor contaminant build-up


Low Profile 96-well Deep Well Plate

  • Achieves a storage volume of 1.1ml / well in a height of just 27 mm, enabling more plates to be stacked or stored in a given space
  • Manufactured from extractables-free polypropylene in an ISO 10,000 approved clean room environment
  • Comply with ANSI/SLAS dimensional standards, ensuring complete compatibility with all automated sample handling systems, microplate readers, and washers

Porvair Sciences 

Volumetric Glassware


  • Made according to ASTM, USP, and ISO standards
  • Certification is available, either as a batch or individually, with appropriate ring marks
  • Calibration of flasks and cylinders is “IN”; indicating that the liquid poured out equals the volume indicated
  • Pipettes and burettes are calibrated “EX”, which requires observance of the discharge waiting time

Poulten & Graf