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May 2015 Technology News

This month, we highlight companies that will be exhibiting at the American Society for Microbiology’s annual general meeting (asm2015) and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry’s annual conference (ASMS 2015).

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The ASM’s meeting, which will showcase the central role of microbes in the biosphere, takes place May 30-June 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. ASMS 2015 offers concurrent oral sessions, poster sessions, and workshops. It runs May 31-June 4 in St. Louis, MO. Remember that these particular products may not be at these shows, but the manufacturers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.


TLC-Compact Mass Spectrometry System

Plate Express™ 

  • Automated software-controlled system directly analyzes thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates and a full range of other planar surfaces by mass spectrometry
  • Provides a simple, automated, software-clicked means of visually pinpointing and extracting compounds from a range of TLC plate formats into Advion’s expression® compact mass spectrometer
  • Allows scientists to quickly and confidently identify analytes in complex mixtures without additional sample preparation


Circular Polarization Spectroscopy Ability

  • Now available as an option for all CRAIC microspectrophotometers
  • Offered as packages that allow the user to measure the circular polarization spectra in either transmission or reflectance modes
  • Represents a powerful new tool for both materials science and biological research
  • Circular polarization package consists of optics and hardware designed to be added to CRAIC microspectrophotometers


Matrix Vapor Deposition System


  • Used in conjunction with Shimadzu’s MALDI-TOF mass spectrometers, the iMLayer provides a precise, high-resolution method for high spatial resolution imaging mass spectrometry
  • System’s use of dry coat method provides for creation of finer matrix crystal grains as well as improved reproducibility of matrix coatings via automatic coating thickness control
  • Features touch-panel operation with pre-programmed methods for commonly-used matrices


Handheld EDXRF Spectrometers


  • Deliver repeatable, laboratory-quality results in a matter of seconds and are optimized for fatigue-free on-site measurements
  • Field-ready design features simple user-friendly displays and efficient ergonomics to make the devices extremely easy to use
  • Range includes three different versions: the xSORT Alloy, AlloyPlus, and NonAlloy
  • Offer low detection limits down to the ppm range for heavy metals, and more


Reaction Monitoring Accessory for NMR

BOOTH 237 (asm 2015)
BOOTH 140 (ASMS 2015)

  • Designed for high-resolution benchtop picoSpin spectrometers
  • Uses a pump and computer-actuated valve operator to quickly and automatically direct samples from a chemical reaction to the spectrometer for data acquisition
  • Generates real-time, information-rich images about the state of the chemical reaction as each NMR spectrum is automatically processed and analyzed
  • Affordable and low-maintenance

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Chip-Based Technology


  • Designed to be used for mass spectrometric analysis on MALDI platforms without the need for matrix
  • Provide a solution to pharmaceutical researchers interested in detecting small molecules without the common interference of chemical matrix
  • Enables more sensitive quantitation for small molecules than traditional workflows
  • Available this spring

Protea Biosciences 

Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometer


  • Features new performance capabilities including enhanced resolution, speed, and accuracy in a rugged, flexible, versatile design
  • Couples the facile operation of the DART (Direct Analysis in Real Time) ion source with the high-resolution, accurate mass capability of the AccuTOF time-of-flight mass spectrometer
  • Allows users to rapidly acquire data for mixtures and complete unknowns without sample carryover


Raman Imaging System


  • Features excellent spectral resolution in 3D confocal Raman imaging and extremely sensitive laser power determination with a mouse click
  • Suited for a wide variety of users with varying levels of expertise
  • Includes laser wavelength selection with subsequent adjustment of all associated spectrometer and microscope components to ensure optimized system performance


Raman Imaging Module


  • Available for the XploRATM PLUS and LabRAM Evolution
  • Enhances the ability to obtain fast and detailed confocal Raman images with the click of a button
  • Offers a 4x to 5x improvement in speed on even fast Raman images, while maintaining high confocal performance and sensitivity
  • Makes Raman imaging a realistic alternative to optical imaging techniques


High Resolution TOF-MS

Pegasus® GC-HRT 4D

  • Combines the industry standard for comprehensive GCxGC with the highest performance time-of-flight mass spectrometer on the market
  • Provides scientists with the ability to investigate complex samples and identify unknown analytes with confidence
  • Features mass accuracies of 1 ppm and peak capacity potential at least two times greater than any currently available on the marketplace


Basic Lab

Mass Flow Meters


  • Combine meter intelligence, user convenience, and outstanding flow performance
  • Designed for multi-gas/multi-range functionality up to 8 bar (currently 6 gases) and standard accuracy of ± (0.5% RD + 0.2% FS) based on actual calibration
  • Feature extensive self-diagnostics with status LED or OLED (optional) indication
  • Include automatic sensor zero offset adjustment

Aalborg Instruments 

Compact Moisture Analyzer

Alliance-Ohaus MB-Series

  • Provides one-step operation for the precise quality control of all types of cereals, foods, fish, nuts, and seafood
  • Utilizes an infrared halogen heating element with a gold reflective housing that reaches 200°C within seconds to uniformly dry samples
  • Features four selectable automatic drying programs that allow easy operation by simply setting the temperature and time

Alliance Scale 

Block Heater Accessories

Stuart® Flexi Block

  • For use with the Stuart range of block heaters
  • Offer analytical and life scientists a unique way to heat samples of any size
  • Available in either double- or triple-width aluminium block inserts and include high-density ceramic beads as standard
  • Can be easily manipulated to accommodate any diameter test tube, microtube, vials, cuvettes, and microplates

Bibby Scientific 

Hotplate Stirrer Kits

Stuart Undergrad

  • Offer excellent value for money for a broad range of life science heating and stirring applications
  • Complete kit includes a choice of hotplate stirrer, the SCT1 temperature controller, stainless steel probe, retort rod, and probe holder
  • Hotplate stirrer can be either a chemically resistant ceramic hotplate, or a more robust aluminium/silicon alloy hotplate

Bibby Scientific 

Diaphragm Liquid Metering Pump


  • Available with four head material options, the line features simple operation, thanks to a user-friendly display and adjustable transfer parameters from a touch-control knob
  • FT version features a PTFE head, a PTFE-covered diaphragm, and chemically resistant FFKM Kalrez® valves, for the transfer of aggressive chemicals
  • Transfers liquids with a flow rate of 1-100 mL/min, and dose volumes of 1 mL up to 999 mL

KNF Neuberger  

Sulfur/Carbon Analysis Instrumentation

832 Series

  • Takes advantage of an on-board software platform powered by a touchscreen interface, increasing usability and operational control without using valuable bench space
  • Features a high-efficiency combustion furnace, improved IR cell design, and a robust, rugged design
  • Cornerstone® brand software enables complete access to analysis control, method settings, diagnostics, reporting, and more in a highly organized, intuitive, and immersive environment


EMCCD Scientific Camera

Synapse EM

  • Deep-cooled camera is designed for low light and ultra-fast spectroscopy experiments
  • Available in front and back illuminated for optimal quantum efficiency
  • With a sensor format of 1600 x 200 or 1600 x 400 and a pixel size of 16 microns, the camera is suited for high spectral resolution measurements
  • Comes with a standard dual readout mode

HORIBA Scientific 

Chlorine Checker


  • Measures the amount of chlorine consumed by ammonia, iron, manganese, and other organic materials and provides advanced information as “Chlorine Demand” in raw water
  • May be used for daily control and research purposes
  • Features accurate measurement without interference by turbidity or color of the water and allows determination of volume of chlorine to be added

JM Science 

Sterilization/Decontamination System

  • Developed through a partnership between SP Scientific and Bioquell (Andover, UK) for SP freeze dryers
  • Uses hydrogen peroxide vapor to provide surface sterilization/decontamination of freeze dryers that is as effective as steam but less expensive
  • Typically lab scale freeze dryers can be sterilized in just 1-2 hours, pilot scale freeze dryers in 2-3 hours, and production scale freeze dryers in less than 4 hours

SP Scientific 

ITC Calorimeters


  • Range includes the manual PEAQ-ITC and the fullyautomated PEAQ-ITC Automated
  • Deliver excellent sensitivity and outstanding data quality at high speed
  • Redesigned software ensures intuitive operation while automated data analysis means even non-experts can interpret with confidence
  • Options for walk-away automation offer quicker screening, faster hit validation, and greater laboratory efficiency


Process Enclosures

EVP Series

  • Provides safety from chemical vapors generated during processes such as flash chromatography, evaporation from rotary evaporators, and other process equipment applications
  • For ease of loading and unloading equipment, this series features a dual hinged front sash
  • Lightweight design makes this enclosure easy to move • Available in 2’ and 3’ models dependent on your equipment size

Flow Sciences 

Cleaning Syringe


  • Designed for Thermo Scientific Barnstead water purification systems
  • Contains a cleaning solution specifically formulated to sanitize and flush away bacterial contaminants in Thermo Scientific Barnstead water purification systems
  • Each cleaning syringe is sold individually
  • Features a clear barrel with bold scale markings, tapered plunger rod for ease of aspiration, and positive plunger rod stop


Peltier Refractometer

Bellingham + Stanley RFM960-C

  • Delivers thermally stable results across a wide refractive index (RI) range: 1.30 to 1.70 RI and four decimal place resolution
  • Includes a new 4” high-definition color display, providing a user interface that’s easily configured by the operator via intuitive set-up menus
  • Allows over 4,000 results to be saved or exported as secure PDF files via USB or Ethernet connection


Flourescence Illumination System

Lumen 100-LED

  • Provides advanced, high quality illumination for a wide range of fluorescence microscopy applications
  • Features a 25,000 hour lifetime
  • Offers a broad array of LEDs covering wavelengths throughout the visible spectrum and is suitable for the majority of fluorophores used in fluorescence applications
  • Engineered to completely eliminate power to the LED when set to zero light level

Prior Scientific 

Ultra Low Temperature Freezers


  • Provide a safe 2-stage refrigeration system to protect samples with energy-saving vacuum insulation pumps
  • Cools samples quietly at a low 50 dB(A) using only 12.8 kW per day, reducing operating costs
  • Design maximizes the inner storage area with room for up to 53,800 samples
  • “Press and open” door mechanism provides easy hands-free access


Micronic Handheld Wireless Scanner


  • Enables users to reliably read 1D and 2D tube and rack codes almost instantly
  • Measures just 135 x 41 x 30mm and weighs only 80g
  • Practical to carry around, easy to use, and can read any 1D barcode or 2D Data-Matrix code on 24-, 48- and 96-well format tubes and racks


Electric Ice Trays

  • Compact Peltier design allows for maintenance-free, constant cooling
  • Allow users to simply plug them in and cool to as low as 25°C below ambient
  • Can be run continuously, 24/7
  • Suited for cooling microtiter plates and other samples in the lab
  • Offered with or without temperature control and in various sizes


Chemicals, Kits & Reagents

Targeted Transfection Reagents

mRNA-In™ and mRNA-In™ Neuro

  • Offers high transfection efficiency and expression levels across a broad range of cell types, including stem cells and primary cells
  • This robust and easy-to-use mRNA delivery solution is proven in applications including protein expression and iPSC-reprogramming
  • Require very low amounts of mRNA to achieve maximum transfection efficiency


Scalable RNA-Seq Service Line


  • Now includes stranded, ribodepletion, and globin reduction library construction options
  • In addition, the Illumina TruSeq Stranded Total RNA Sample Prep Kit has been automated on Beckman Coulter instruments to enable scalability and LIMS sample tracking
  • This expanded offering has been validated at Beckman Coulter Genomics for human, mouse, rat, and plant samples

Beckman Coulter Genomics 

Certified Reference Materials of Tryptamines

Certified Spiking Solutions®

  • For use in quantitative mass spec-based testing applications such as forensic analysis, clinical toxicology, urine drug testing, or pharmaceutical research
  • Includes solution CRMs for five synthetic tryptamines 5-MeO-AMT, 5-MeO-DALT, 5-MeOMiPT, 5-MeO-DMT, and 5-MeO-DiPT in addition to three naturally occurring tryptamines N, N-dimethyltryptamine; psilocybin; and its stable-labeled internal standard


SLE Sorbent Line


  • Now includes tube formats, in addition to the original 96-well plate formats
  • Provides a synthetic alternative to traditional diatomaceous earth SLE (also known as supported liquid extraction) products and provides a simplified approach to traditional liquid-liquid extraction (LLE)
  • Now available in 1, 3, 6, and 12 cc tubes
  • Tubes can be automated using a liquid handler


Fusion Transcript Kit

BOOTH 237 (ASM 2015)
BOOTH 140 (ASMS 2015)

  • Designed to aid clinical decision-making and enable highly accurate and reliable multiplexed sequencing of formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded (FFPE) tumor samples
  • Marked for in vitro diagnostic use in the European Union
  • Enables the detection of rearrangements involving the ALK, ROS-1, RET, and NTRK1 genes from as little as 10ng of RNA

Thermo Fisher Scientific 


ACD/Labs’ Solution for Open Access Labs


  • New web-enabled ACD/Spectrus Portal will extend the ACD/Spectrus analytical and chemical laboratory intelligence platform
  • Will be launched through a series of domain-specific market applications with the first application, ACD/ Labs’ Open Access solution, being targeted towards delivering streamlined results to open access or walkup laboratory environments
  • Open Access solution will combine the web-enabled ACD/Spectrus Portal with its wellestablished automation technology and workflow components


Biopharmaceutical Analysis Software

MassHunter BioConfirm & MassHunter Walkup

  • Enable researchers to more easily focus on protein characterization, helping them obtain molecular weight, locate post-translational modifications in protein sequences, and create comprehensive peptide maps with speed and accuracy
  • Allow users of all experience levels to utilize highly advanced instruments for tandem liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry
  • Easy to learn and easy to use


NMR Analysis Software

BOOTH 255 (ASM 2015) Bruker Daltonics
BOOTH 40 (ASMS 2015) Bruker Daltonics

  • Designed for on-line NMR analysis of chemical processes
  • Enables the adjustment of experimental parameters based on real time data during the analysis of chemical processes by NMR spectroscopy
  • User-friendly interface allows both expert and non-expert users to set up, monitor, and adjust key experimental parameters
  • Suited for both industrial and academic scientists studying and optimizing organic reactions


Software for CHN Microanalysis

  •  2015 software revision for the Model 440 elemental analyzer combines the ease-of-use and intuitive operation of its Windows™ architecture with the many advantages of realtime data acquisition
  • Enables complete control of combustion parameters allowing users to achieve excellent CHN data accuracy and precision as well as providing the flexibility to handle the most difficult sample types

Exeter Analytical 

Laboratory Information Management System

LabWare 7

  • More than 500 new capabilities have been added to the system’s already robust functional footprint, which has been continually improved without interruption since the product’s inception
  • Features a new interactive dynamic user interface
  • New LabWare Design Studio enables the creation and management of Dynamic Visual Workflows and Dashboards without the need for programming skills
  • Scalable to suit every size organization


Liquid Handler Software Update

ArtelWare v1.3

  • New feature set extends the company’s rounding out of the comprehensive capabilities of this software for its MVS® Multichannel Verification System
  • Delivers advanced grouping and filtering tools, enabling the user to compare liquid handlers by make and model in addition to comparing pipetting performance of specific volumes and target solutions
  • Includes interactive user feedback communication


Lab Automation

Semi-Automatic Electronic Pipette


  • Equipped with 96 or 384 parallel working tips with a volume range from 500 nl to 1 ml • Includes intuitive operation via multilingual touchscreen (German, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian)
  • Provides comfortable selection of different pipetting parameters and saving of methods
  • Features processing of individual columns and dilution series
  • Offers integration of accessories like shakers

Analytik Jena 

Modular Laboratory Automation System

PVS 1625

  • Designed for pre- and post-analytical processing
  • Independent from an analytical platform, the system is customized per facility needs with available modules for loading, identification, decapping, sorting, aliquoting, and recapping
  • A new screw cap recapper module is now available that places a screw cap onto Sarstedt aliquot tubes
  • Compatible with most analyzer racks and common tube types and dimensions


Laboratory Automation System


  • Combines pre- and post-analytics in one compact standalone instrument, providing a cost effective alternative to complete automation
  • Enables simple, rapid, and safe identification, recapping, and decapping of up to 900 tubes per hour, reducing the risk of repetitive motion injuries and accidental exposures
  • Multiple tube types can be processed in mixed operation


Life Science

ddPCR Assays


  • New releases are for copy number variation, mutation detection, and gene expression analysis
  • Expands Bio-Rad’s offering of predesigned validated copy number assays to a total of 658 targets, 57 of which are centromeric reference assays
  • Mutation detection assay offering now covers 209 mutations, of which 184 have short amplicon assays available for use with fragmented and challenging samples


Assays for Real-Time PCR


  • Now include six of the most common model organism genomes used for gene expression analysis: rhesus monkey, zebrafish, yeast, cow, rabbit, and pig
  • Fully validated in wet labs or in silico using the same algorithms and design rules
  • All assays are guaranteed to perform, and the raw validation data are available to users

Bio Rad 

Glycoprotein Characterization Technology

GlycoWorks™ RapiFluor-MS N-Glycan Kit

  • Set of technologies also includes the Waters ACQUITY UPLC®, the ACQUITY® UPLC FLR Detector and the ACQUITY QDa® detector
  • Enables scientists to analyze released N-glycans and achieve new levels of speed, sensitivity, and simplicity while obtaining previously unattainable structural information
  • Allows fast de-glycosylation and labeling and a workflow that reduces sample preparation time from a day to less than one hour


Multi-Application Imaging Systems

PXi Access

  • Can rapidly generate high quality images of virtually all types of large blots and gels
  • Excellent optics of the system’s camera means scientists can set up quickly and detect even the faintest amounts of DNA or protein with a much greater sensitivity than film
  • Features a touchscreen controlled by GeneSys software that makes capturing images simple



Service & Support Website

  • New website for North American clients is located at 
  • Provides users with a full range of service and support options to ensure their SPECTRO instruments are operating to optimal factory specifications–and providing accurate results with as little downtime as possible
  • Includes North America-specific information on service and support contracts, training programs, service options, application specialists, an online shop for parts/accessories, and more


Analytical Breakdown Service

  • Provides operational cover for labs using elemental analysis (ICP-OES, CHN microanalysis, titrimetric) equipment
  • Offers lab professionals 24 or 48 hour ICP-OES, CHN or titrimetric analytical sample running to minimize the disruption to in-house processes while their instruments are being fixed
  • Costs laboratories nothing unless they have to use their breakdown cover

Warwick Analytical Service 

Supplies & Consumables

96-Well Glass Vial Storage Plate

  • Combines 96 borosilicate glass vials of 700μl into a rigid polypropylene carrier microplate for storage and transportation applications
  • Provides a zero-leachates solution for UHPLC and also for storage scenarios such as combinatorial chemistry where broad chemical resistance and thermal stability is vital
  • Manufactured to comply with ANSI/SLAS dimensions to ensure complete compatibility with automated equipment

Porvair Sciences 

Cell Culture Flasks, Dishes, & Plates


  • Redesigned for superior growth, economic handling, and traceability
  • All items are imprinted with lot number and expiration date as well as individually color-coded for one of three culture surfaces
  • Flasks and dishes are packaged in convenient re-sealable zip bags, and individual plate packaging has been optimized for easy opening and compact storage


Tubes for Cryogenic Freezing


  • Available in a volume range from 1.2 to 5.0 ml and are certified non-pyrogenic, non-cytotoxic, non-mutagenic, CE/IVD-compliant, and sterile
  • Tubes with externally threaded screw caps minimize contamination
  • For more compact storage, a 2.0 ml tube with an internally threaded cap and silicone O-ring is available
  • Caps are pre-assembled in up to 6 colors


Ultra-Low Temperature Rack Range

  • Includes 24-, 48-, and 96-tube formats
  • Based on the automation compatible ANSI / SLAS dimensional footprint
  • Features a novel Twist-Lock design which prevents tubes from turning during screw (de)capping and easy lead-in tube and cover placement
  • Closed side walls with minimal notches provide perfect rack orientation and racks also include a unique automation-friendly cover lock system