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Technology News May 2013

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

by Lab Manager
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ICP-MS System
Aurora™ Elite

  • Complements the now updated workhorse aurora M90 ICP-MS for routine laboratory analysis
  • Sets new standards for sensitivity and matrix robustness, even exceeding the performance of expensive magnetic sector field ICP-MS systems in many aspects
  • Features 1.5 gigahertz per parts per million (1.5 GHz / ppm) sensitivity for precise and accurate quantification at single digit ppt levels and below


Nexera X2

  • Enables analysis at pressures up to 19,000 psi
  • Autosamplers provide near-zero carryover, support ultra-fast analysis with a cycle time of 14 secs and deliver excellent injection reproducibility down to 0.1 ul injection volumes
  • Users can configure the system with a variety of solvent delivery units and column ovens to meet many laboratory workflows


Product Spotlight

Customized Chromatography

Plug-and-play modules mean system can change with user’s needs

Bio-Rad’s new medium pressure modular chromatography system—the NGC™doesn’t bring much new to the table in terms of hardware, but provides quite a change in terms of user experience.

As suite of plug-and-play modules, available for users in early spring 2013, enable researchers to expand the system’s capabilities based on the user’s changing throughput or application needs.

“Our platform needs to align with our customers’ needs today as well as tomorrow,” said Richard Lee, Bio-Rad’s marketing manager for laboratory chromatography products, life science group, at the company’s Pittcon 2013 press conference where the system was officially unveiled.

The modules are easy to install, involving no cables, and they make repair and maintenance easy since, if one part breaks down, a new module can simply be plugged in. Users can also buy the modules they currently need and add more in the future as their requirements change, eliminating the cost of buying a whole new system.

Software is another standout of the system. The ChromLab™ software includes instrument control, method development, real-time monitoring, chromatogram comparison and peak analysis, and is simple to use. The software’s instrument controls are designed around a novel, fluidics scheme interface that is customizable.

“It shows exactly where the fluid is going in the system,” Lee said of the fluidics scheme, which is displayed on the system’s touchscreen. And, for labs that use mobile devices, there is an NGC app available for the iPad.

The system’s column library makes things easy as well, including the most popular columns from all major vendors and a drag and drop interface for column selection, Lee added.

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Basic lab

MCR 702 TwinDrive™

  • Provides an accuracy of 1 nNm
  • Offers measuring gap control down to a size of 10 nm
  • Combines two powerful synchronous EC (electrically commutated) motor units in a modular setup: the upper EC motor in the rheometer is permanent; the lower EC motor can be extracted and integrated at will
  • Can be operated in several test modes and covers all rheological applications

Anton Paar

Digital Lab Instruments
YSI MultiLab IDS 4010 Series

  • Available in one-, two- or three-channel versions along with smart digital sensors for optical based BOD–5, pH, ORP and conductivity measurements
  • One channel instrument offers an easy-to-read monochrome graphic LCD display while the two and three channel versions offer color LCD displays
  • Designed for laboratory applications with features that support the lab with improved data integrity and security



Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) Reagent Solution

  • For use with the company’s MVS® Multichannel Verification System
  • Enables users to accurately calibrate and verify DMSO dispenses
  • DMSO is widely used for storing and transferring small-molecule compounds during high-throughput screening campaigns
  • The MVS is an easy-to-use, universal system that verifies the volume-transfer performance of automated liquid handling systems and multichannel handheld pipettes


Direct Selection of Hybridomas Kit

  • Generates hybridomas that both secrete antigen-specific antibody and express the antibody on the cell surface
  • Once labeled, these hybridomas can easily be enriched from among a pool of hundreds of thousands of cells in a matter of hours using fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) or magnetic separation
  • Shortens the clone selection phase by up to 75% compared to traditional limiting dilution protocols

Enzo Life Sciences

Lab Automation

PCR Setup Workstation
PCR setup STARlet™

  • Flexible enough to accommodate any DNA amplification reagent kit, from simple setups and small budgets to highly demanding workflows
  • Developed for different PCR types such as endpoint-, q-, multiplex or linear PCR
  • Offers a deck capacity of 25 plates and a small footprint
  • System’s software features an easy to use graphical user interface

Hamilton Robotics

Life Science

RBM Kidney Toxicity Panels
Bio-Plex Pro

  • Comprise a set of biomarkers that addresses the need for early detection and characterization of kidney toxicity and injury during drug development
  • Offer robust quantification of multiple proteins in human, rat, and canine urine samples
  • Optimized for high precision and lot-to-lot reproducibility of sample measurement
  • Formatted on magnetic beads for simplified plate processing and rapid results


Laboratory Aspiration System

  • Designed to provide simple, reliable and safe aspiration of hazardous waste liquids in microbiological and biomedical laboratories
  • Enables Biosafety level 1, 2 and 3 labs to comply with the stringent user safety guidelines for handling contaminated solutions while maximizing productivity and minimizing noise and operational inconveniences
  • Includes an integrated pump with vacuum control


RNA Detection Probes

  • Detect RNA expression in live cells with a single incubation step
  • Eliminates the sample prep, RNA amplification and transfection reagents needed for other RNA detection techniques
  • Non-toxic technology allows the same cells to be re-studied in downstream assays
  • Offers the ability to track changes in RNA dynamically, over time

EMD Millipore

LIMS & Software

Laboratory Information Management System

  • Includes workflow editors that enable the creation of precise business workflows through a simple drag-and-drop process
  • Features the ability to begin with one application and quickly and easily add additional LIMS capabilities without custom coding or programming
  • Enables automatically created qualification/validation documents when new applications are added
  • Provides easy creation of instrument connections through an instrument library with dragand- drop capabilities


Chromatography Data System
Dionex Chromeleon 7.2 CDS

  • Bridges the gap between gas, liquid, or ion chromatography and mass spectrometry
  • Suite of automation tools, including Cobra detection algorithm, SmartPeaks integration assistant, and linking panes are designed to reduce review time and data processing
  • New consolidated report function easily generates summaries of very large data sets to facilitate interpretation of results

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Supplies & Consumables

Solid Core HPLC Columns

  • Accucore line now includes five new phases: Accucore Polar Premium, Phenyl-X, C30, Urea-HILIC for HILIC, and 150-Amide-HILIC
  • Polar Premium is a rugged amide-embedded C18 phase offering complementary selectivity to conventional C18 columns
  • Phenyl-X features a proprietary reversed-phase shape selectivity with high aromatic selectivity
  • C30 is designed for high shape selectivity for hydrophobic, long chain, structurally related isomers
  • Urea-HILIC for HILIC is designed for selectivity and low ion exchange activity
  • 150-Amide-HILIC is designed to separate hydrophilic biomolecules in HILIC mode

Thermo Fisher Scientific