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November 2015 Technology News

In this issue we highlight companies that will be exhibiting at the American Society for Cell Biology’s annual meeting and exhibition (ASCB 2015).

by Lab Manager
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This year’s event focuses on making connections at different scales, all in the light of big data and information integration. Remember that the products featured here may not be at the show, but their manufacturers will be on hand to discuss any questions you may have.


Protein & Phospholipid Removal Columns


  • Combine protein and phospholipid removal into a single product
  • Now include the versatile tabless 1 mL column format, for the clean-up of blood-based matrix samples for analysis by LC-MS-MS
  • Especially suited for lower throughput applications, or for laboratories that have variable sample numbers to process
  • Up to 96 columns can be processed using specially designed base plates


Gas Chromatograph


  • Designed for measuring environmental gas samples such as ambient greenhouse air, stack gas, process ventilation, tank car head space, and other low pressure applications
  • Specifically designed for gas samples less than 10 psi to moderately below ambient pressure
  • Features a splitless injection design
  • Includes large sample capacity up to 1ml+
  • Provides sub ppm level TNMHC* measurements

Falcon Analytical 

Chiral Stationary Phase for HPLC and SFC Analysis

Lux® Amylose-1

  • New phase adds enantioselectivity to the Lux column family with the chiral selector amylose tris (3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate)
  • Provides an alternative to other phases with the same chiral selector
  • Offered in 5µm particles, the new media is available in analytical columns and Phenomenex-patented Axia™ preparative column hardware, both of which are stable in normal phase, reversed phase, polar organic, and SFC conditions


Nano LC system

Prelude LX-4 MD
Booth 612

  • Designed for robust and reliable operation at 1200 bar
  • New maintenance-free ceramic valves decrease system downtime
  • Tool-free nanoViper connections provide fast and reproducible fluidic connections over the complete flow path
  • Software features enhance performance and usability for simplified operation and maintenance
  • New Acclaim PepMap nanoLC columns are designed to handle the 1200 bar pressure capability of the system

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Basic Lab

Horizontal Clean Benches

  • Combine Class 100 (ISO 5) process protection with rugged, easy-to-clean polypropylene construction and microprocessor-based controls
  • Available in several sizes and can be placed on a benchtop or a cart/stand
  • Comes standard with the UVTect™ controller, which constantly monitors filter conditions and airflow
  • UVTect™ will alert the operator of insufficient airflow and needed filter changes

AirClean Systems 

NMR Heating Blocks


  • Enable safe, effective, and uniform heating of up to 10 NMR tubes on a conventional hotplate stirrer
  • Allows scientists to use standard NMR tubes as a reaction vessel for a variety of applications
  • Enables users to analyze the contents of their NMR tubes almost immediately without removal of residual oil on the outside of the glassware


USB 3.0 Camera

Mighty Cam 3.0

  • Allows any laboratory microscope to be upgraded for faster imaging and video recording
  • Captures up to 45 frames per second
  • Five-megapixel CMOS camera attaches easily to any scope with a C/CS adapter ring and plugs into a computer or monitor with the USB 3.0 cable
  • Features a file transfer rate of up to five gigabytes per second


Total Organic Carbon Analyzer

Booth 1010 

  • Designed to be faster for higher TOC sample analysis throughput for the busy QC laboratory
  • Carries out direct TOC analysis for greater quality and regulatory compliance
  • Ideally suited for measuring Water For Injection (WFI), Purified Water (PW), bulk sterile water, and cleaning validation samples
  • A full 18-point, automated calibration (six concentrations, three replicates each) takes only 90 minute

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

Preclinical PET SPECT CT System

Albira™ Si
Booth 612 (Beckman Coulter Nano Surfaces) 

  • Boasts proprietary gridless PET detector architecture, which is also available for Bruker’s new PET/MRI systems
  • Delivers, for the first time, sub-millimeter spatial resolution across the full radial field of view (FOV), increasing the high-resolution FOV by an order of magnitude compared to traditional PET systems
  • Also features both excellent count rate performance and PET sensitivity


Acid Storage Cabinet

  • Designed for the storage of corrosive chemicals and is available in 12”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 42”, and 48” widths
  • Standard size is 35” high and 22” deep
  • Molded one-piece fiberglass liner inserts directly in the cabinet and is sealed on all edges for easy cleaning
  • Interior features a containment lip on the front bottom edge to hold spills


Smart Flow-Through Probe

Model 1021

  • For real-time conductivity monitoring of any liquid system where the conductivity is best or most conveniently measured in a flowing rather than static environment
  • Works with Ilium’s Model 2100 ultra-low, ultra-wide range conductivity meter
  • Can measure conductivities ranging from 2.5 micro-Siemens/cm (10-6) down to 25 femto-Siemens/cm (10-15)

ILIUM Technology 

Scanning Electron Microscope


  • This FE SEM features ultrahigh spatial resolution of 1.6nm at 1.0kV and high probe current of 300nA
  • Compact, user-friendly system is designed for easy installation and operation
  • Features through-the-lens detectors that can collect a variety of signals by varying the built-in energy filter
  • Produces a large amount of data in a very short amount of time


Reaction System Product Portfolio

Reaction Solutions

  • New portfolio includes glass and steel reactors as well as glassware, stirrers, vacuum pumps, hot plates, and controllers
  • Enables trouble-free reproducibility of processes using fully or partially automated reaction systems along with heavy-duty glassware, stainless steel, or pressure reactors
  •  In addition to JULABO’s temperature control equipment, the newly added Reaction Solutions products help users save time and energy


EN Safety Cabinets


  • Special construction allows containers of volatile liquids to remain intact in the event of a fire for up to 90 minutes
  • Hybrid-close door style automatically closes in the event of a fire
  • Also include dual vents with butterfly valves that close securely under fire conditions, independent locking doors for security, and a door damper for comfortable operation


Water Systems

Duratherm MAX

  • New design incorporates a top air discharge to direct waste heat away from personnel and increased mechanical compartment ventilation
  • Improvements also include greater access to components for maintenance and better overall performance of the system
  • Feature temperatures up to 380°F (193°C) and system pressures up to 300 PSI (20.7 Bar)


Connectivity Kit for Reactor Systems


  • Enables integration of EasySampler and the associated sampling information with the touchscreen of METTLER TOLEDO reactor systems for chemical synthesis and automated jacketed lab reactor control
  • Fully automates the sampling process including sampling capture, quench at reaction conditions, dilution, and dispensing into a vial
  • Provides an unattended and robust inline method of taking representative samples in situ from chemical reactions


Oxygen Analyzer


  • Designed to meet the demanding needs of field and laboratory analysts, light industrial users, and others who require fast, accurate, and reliable analysis of common gas mixtures
  • Compact, portable, and easy to use
  • Based upon a non-depleting, component-specific measurement technique (magnetodynamic paramagnetic) for long life and minimal running costs


Hydrogen Generators

Precision Hydrogen Trace 250

  • This smaller model sits alongside the existing Hydrogen Trace 500 to offer a more cost-effective solution for those requiring lower flow rates, such as labs with only one or two GC instruments
  • Delivers 250cc/min of hydrogen at 99.9999% purity
  • Requires no maintenance and features a comprehensive rapid response on-site warranty

Peak Scientific

Thermogravimetric Analyzer

TGA 8000™

  • Controlled by proprietary Pyris™ software platform, which provides intuitive, user-friendly options for high-sensitivity analysis of thermal data
  • Can be easily hyphenated and coupled with FT-IR, MS, and GC-MS systems to enable a better understanding of evolved gases
  • Features local instrument control and run status monitoring via iPhone® or iPad® devices so that users can remotely obtain information on analyses as they progress


Planar Air Bearing Stage

A-311 PIglide IS Series
Booth 316

  • Designed to deliver extremely precise and vibration-free motion
  • Especially suited for wafer inspection, laser marking, optical metrology, and other precision motion applications
  • Fully preloaded air bearings in the stage provide frictionless motion, resulting in negligible hysteresis or reversal error, and zero-wear of mechanical components


Brightfield LEDs

LDB100F and LDB101F

  • Using a brightfield LED with a 550 nanometre flip-in filter in the light path reduces background fluorescence attributed to stray light
  • Replace the standard light source and provide all the advantages of LED illumination in a flexible package that can be fitted to most modern upright and inverted microscope systems
  • Produce minimal heat and vibration

Prior Scientific 

Freezer and Cooler Monitoring System


  • Provides low-cost 24/7 remote monitoring of freezers and coolers that contain pharmaceutical products, medical specimens, and research material
  • Web-based monitoring system uses wireless sensors to detect problems such as temperature changes (from -109°F to 115°F), humidity fluctuations, water leaks, and power outages
  • Especially suited for locations where hard-wiring sensors is difficult or cost prohibitive


Undercounter & Doublestack Glassware Washers


  • Deliver enhanced drying performance from an upgraded dual fan system incorporated in the washer chambers
  • Wash cycles with temperatures up to 70°C (158°F) enable fast, efficient cleaning of different types of glassware in wide ranging load scenarios
  • •Soft touch features with multiple cycle selections and microprocessor control systems ensure that each load is processed with minimum energy consumption

SP Scientific 

Wireless Temperature Recorder

Booth 613

  • Designed to monitor the temperature of life science samples and other critical material in the cold chain
  • Shares data via the cloud to a mobile device
  • Allows users to quickly and easily access information critical to the protection of samples and temperature-sensitive materials through a free mobile app that comes with the device
  • Stores up to 4,000 temperature readings

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Programmable Personal Incubator

EchoTherm™ Model IC25XR

  • Features 5-program memory with ten steps per program capacity
  • Offers a temperature range from -10°C to 110°C, 30-day countdown timer with audible alarm and user settable Auto-Off, data logger with 7825 data point capacity, and RS232 I/O port
  • Has individual accessory sample blocks available for 0.2, 0.5, 1.5, 15, and 50 ml centrifuge tubes

Torrey Pines Scientific 


Cell Culture

3D Cell Culture Scaffolds


  • Compatible with automated handling and imaging equipment, scaffold is incorporated into standard ANSI / SLAS footprint microplate frames (6-, 12-, 96-, and 384-well)
  • Feature superior optical clarity and minimal base distortion
  • Scaffold depth of 50 µm is thick enough to provide the benefits of 3D cell culture, yet thin enough to allow fluorescent and light microscopic imaging


Cell Density Meters

MicroSpek™ DSM

  • Provide the ability to measure a cell’s density in micro-volumes and/or cuvettes/tubes
  • A low-cost, portable device that can be used in small restricted spaces such as incubation cabinets or under anaerobic conditions
  • Internal rechargeable battery allows it to be conveniently utilized anywhere in the lab or taken to areas where cultures are grown


Human Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells


  • Characterization of these cells has now been expanded to meet industry guidelines for translational and cell therapy research applications
  •  Ensure that researchers start their experiments with a high-quality starting population of multipotent stem cells
  • Part of a portfolio of cell culture products that form a streamlined workflow specifically optimized to deliver accurate and reliable results


Cell Culture Chambers

lumox® x-well
Booth 1029

  • Feature a 50µm ultra-thin, gas-permeable film base that combines excellent imaging with strong cell growth
  • Compared to plastic or glass bases, the gas-permeable lumox® film provides more effective gas exchange and homogeneous cell growth
  • Available in 1-, 2-, 4-, and 8-well configurations with a standard adherent cell culture surface


Life Science

Singleplex Assay


  • Now includes a 384-well format that is easily automatable for high-throughput compound screening
  • Easy-to-use, high-sensitivity assay measures gene expression with minimal sample preparation, using branched DNA for signal amplification
  • Does not require RNA or DNA purification, reverse transcription, or PCR amplification, so biases and sample losses resulting from these preparation steps are eliminated


Modular Cooling System


  • Provides precise, controlled cooling and heating of biological samples in microplates, vials, and Eppendorf tubes
  • Can be used directly in conjunction with an ice bath, keeping samples in microplates, vials, and Eppendorf tubes cool and dry
  • Attaches to most laboratory cooling / heating circulators enabling precise, stable, and even temperature control of biological samples from -30°C to +160°C


Risk Management Software

Mission: Control™
Booth 535

  • Helps laboratories identify the best QC rules and the right QC frequency to develop a customized quality control plan to deliver reliable test results
  • Uniquely quantifies a laboratory’s risk tolerance, going beyond traditional subjective risk assessments
  • Allows laboratories to reduce the risk of reporting incorrect results to the physician and ultimately to the patient


Horizontal Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis System

  • Developed in collaboration with the Kirkhouse Trust, an organization supporting research and education in the biological sciences
  • Horizontal format allows for a large number of samples to be run simultaneously
  • Polyacrylamide provides greater resolution compared with agarose
  • Pouring and casting the polyacrylamide gels is very simple, which takes away some of the complexity normally associated with vertical gel casting

Cleaver Scientific 


Multimode Live-Cell Imaging Platform

DeltaVision™ OMX SR
Booth 325

  • Delivers super-resolution images of live cells, for physiologically relevant results
  • Offers multiple lasers to support a wide range of fluorescent dyes and proteins
  • Features up to four sCMOS cameras with high-sensitivity and speed (up to 400 fps in widefield mode)
  • Up to 15 fps imaging speed enables live imaging of dynamic cell processes

GE Healthcare 

Smart Infrared Loop Sterilizer

SteriMax Smart

  • Suited for all laboratories, anaerobic environments, and safety cabinets
  • Uses specifically focused infrared light which generates an IR hotspot for sterilizing inoculating loops at a temperature of 750° to 1000°C in only 5 to 10 seconds immediately and without any preheating
  • Features Cool -Touch housing made of stainless steel and safety glass


Supplies & Consumables

Water Purification System Products

  • Three new cartridges suitable for operation in Thermo Scientific™ Barnstead™, B-Pure™, and Bantam™ water systems as well as cooling loops and hose nipple, non-pressure applications now available
  • Also available are three new parts suitable for operation in Thermo Scientific Barnstead Mega-Pure MP-1 and MP-12A stills, Mega-Pure single (D1) and dual (D2) cartridge deionizers, and NANOpure™ II water systems


Flange Mount Safety Screens


  • Range now includes options made entirely from brass, per ASTM B16 / B16M
  • Protect components in critical fluid handling applications to ensure optimum safety and performance
  • Rugged, all-brass versions combine high strength and a one-piece design which makes them suited to applications and environments which have a risk of ignition, combustion, and corrosion

Lee Products

Microplate Range

Krystal 2000

  • Optimized for luminescence and fluorescence assays
  • Special design of the plate totally eliminates the well-to-well optical crosstalk inherent with other clear bottomed microplate designs
  • Gives high accuracy, sensitivity, and repeatability of photometric readings
  • Very high signal-to-noise ratio and low detection limits can be achieved with this plate
  • Maximizes reflectivity, enabling even weakly emitting luminescence assays to be routinely undertaken

Porvair Sciences