INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, a global leader in life sciences lab automation and innovation, and a company of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), introduces a powerful solution to manual sample preparation and data management bottlenecks in clinical flow cytometry: the CellMek SPS. This fully automated sample preparation system (SPS) offers on-demand processing for a multitude of sample types to help laboratories to expand capabilities.
The CellMek SPS builds on a rich history of lab automation and incorporates features that enable lean workflows and bolster lab efficiency by streamlining and automating many outdated and manual preparation methods. The innovative new system provides a continuous output of samples ready to analyze with full traceability.
Another unique feature is the integrated cell wash modules that enable an end-to-end sample preparation workflow. Samples can be washed, stained, and lysed without the need for manual intervention. A refrigerated liquid antibody carousel can hold up to 53 vials, including the option to run third-party reagents. The flexible system allows users to expand its capacity with the use of preformulated reagent cocktails in the new DURACartridge format for the company’s DURA Innovation dry reagents.
The CellMek SPS simultaneously manages various user-defined preparation methods in random access which eliminates the need to batch samples. Proprietary software combined with a dedicated reaction plate for parallel sample preparation ensures an optimized time to result. This automated workflow helps increase efficiency and reduces the potential for operator bias, driving lab standardization efforts. Onboard cap piercing technology reduces manual handling of antibodies, as well as the potential for staff exposure to biohazardous samples.
Sample output takes place in standard carousels, which are compatible with Navios EX and DxFLEX Flow Cytometers from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences.
“We designed the CellMek SPS to open up new possibilities for clinical flow cytometry laboratories seeking to simplify their complex sample preparation workflows with an easy-to-use system that provides greater confidence in results,” said Dr. Mario Koksch, Vice President and General Manager of the company’s flow cytometry business unit. “This can ease the time-consuming burden for lab staff tasked with manual workflows, and ultimately helps to prevent expensive errors.”
The CellMek SPS is CE marked and FDA listed (Class I exempt) and will be available in countries that accept the CE mark as the basis for their country-specific registration.