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March 2017 Technology News

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

by Lab Manager
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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


Cuvette Spectrophotometer


  • 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


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


Module for Spectroscopy Suite


  • 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 

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 

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


LC Columns


  • 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




  • 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


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


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


Variable Speed Metering & Transfer Pump


  • 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


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 

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 

Portable Handheld Data Logger


  • 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 

Laboratory Sample Sealer


  • 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 

Chemicals, Kits, and Reagents

DNA Isolation Kits


  • 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 

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


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 

Universal qPCR & RT-qPCR Kits


  • 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 

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


Plasmid Purification Kits


  • 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 


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


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 

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


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


Image Capture Software


  • 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


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 

Updates to Tube-Based Sample Management Tools


  • 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 

Automated Sample Storage System


  • 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 

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 

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 

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


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


Live Cell Imaging System


  • 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


Automated Thawing System


  • 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 

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 

Centrifugal Sample Concentrators


  • 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


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


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 

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 


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


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


Supplies and Consumables

Low Retention Pipette Tips


  • 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 

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 

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 

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 

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