RECENT PRODUCT NEWS

Monoclonal antibodies to clostridia glutamate dehydrogenase

ViroStat has announces the release of new monoclonal antibody pairs to clostridia glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), validated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). These antibodies represent a new set of tools for rapid detection.

Pipetting solutions improve ELISA workflows

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) are popular plate-based methods to detect and quantify peptides, proteins, antibodies or hormones. However, they generally involve multiple pipetting steps that are time-consuming and tedious to perform, requiring consistent processing to ensure success. INTEGRA Biosciences offers a range of liquid-handling solutions to improve ELISA workflows, designed to make the process easier and results more reproducible.

Ultraviolet sterilisation working for you

The UV-Box from Air Science is a high-efficiency chamber designed to decontaminate contents safely while providing a safe work environment for the operator. High-intensity UV lamps are positioned within the cabinet producing short-wave ultraviolet light at 254 nm to destroy exposed surface DNA and bacteria, leaving items free of contamination prior to other forensic tests, analysis or procedures.

SpeciSafe: the easy way to meet UN3373 Compliance criteria

With strict regulations applying to the transportation of biological specimens such as swabs for COVID-19 testing, samples need to be transported in UN3373-compliant packaging. SpeciSafe packs, available from Alpha Laboratories, provide a safe, convenient, economical and compliant transport solution for such Category B samples. The all-in-one leakproof secondary packaging solution with inbuilt absorbent, protects and separates primary containers.

Integra launches two new high-volume pipettes

Integra Biosciences is expanding its comprehensive collection of pipettes with the upcoming launch of two new EVOLVE manual pipettes – high-volume 8- and 12-channel options offering a market-leading capacity of 1250 µL per channel.

Monoclonal antibodies to Powassan virus

ViroStat has developed several new monoclonal antibodies specific to the Powassan virus. These antibodies do not cross react with other related flaviviruses and as such are excellent reagent tools for research with potential for diagnostics.

Sample integrity maintained with new RNA Complete BCT

New RNA Complete BCT is a direct draw blood collection tube, now available in the UK from Alpha Laboratories. These blood collection tubes contain a preservative that stabilises cell-free RNA and exosome counts, maintaining the draw time concentration for up to seven days when stored at room temperature.

Compact chilling/heating dry bath for robotic systems

Torrey Pines Scientific has launched its EchoTherm RIC40 Peltier-driven, compact chilling/heating dry baths with temperature control from 0ºC to 100ºC. They are designed for use with robotic systems, and controlled via the RS232 I/O port on each RIC40 unit.

Compact random-access analyser and liquid-stable reagents

The EKF Altair 240 clinical chemistry analyser is a compact and fully automated random-access benchtop instrument with positions for 43 reagents, including the ability to configure open channels. The analyser can use barcoded and easy-to-load high-quality Stanbio reagents or reagents from any other manufacturer. The intuitive Windows-based software and touchscreen interface makes operating the analyser quick and easy.

ECO Racks and PopTop base reduce plastic use

Integra's new ECO Racks help to reduce plastic consumption and save recycling space. Available for standard 12.5 to 1250 μL GripTips (in both 96- and 384-tip configurations), these racks contain 60% less plastic, while maintaining the high standards expected from Integra products.

PCR laminar-flow cabinets

The Air Science PCR laminar-flow cabinet employs Air Science Multiplex HEPA filtration technology to create a safe, energy-efficient, contaminant-free environment. It is ideally suited for use with non-hazardous contaminants and when flexible access to the instrumentation in the cabinet is required.

High-performance measurement equipment

At EuroLab 2020 in Warsaw (17–19 March), T&D Corporation will be presenting monitoring solutions adaptable to individual needs, and ideally suited to logging various conditions in medical and laboratory surroundings. At the show, T&D will showcase versatile wireless data logger systems, including the RTR-500 series, the Bluetooth-featured WiFi logger TR-7 series and the easy-to-use Bluetooth logger TR4-series, as well as suitable software applications.

Next-generation plate sealer offers flexibility and efficiency

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a next-generation, compressor-free plate sealer, designed to alleviate the maintenance burden on operators, while offering unparalleled process customisation capabilities, intuitive operation and significant work efficiencies. Biotechnology, pharmaceutical and academic research laboratories can now benefit from a system capable of simplifying the plate-sealing process and enabling improved reliability and productivity both for standalone, as well as, integrated robotic projects.

Thirteen-colour clinical flow cytometry system

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has introduced the DxFLEX, Europe’s first CE-IVD, 13-colour clinical flow cytometry system. The DxFLEX uses avalanche photodiode (APD) technology, which creates a highly sensitive semiconductor electronic device able to convert light to electricity. Beckman Coulter Life Sciences first harnessed the use of fibre optics in its flagship research flow cytometry system, the CytoFLEX. The use of APD technology transforms the way a compact flow cytometry instrument can deliver high-content research analysis.

Fifth-generation bile acids assay: some key features

Randox utilises the advanced enzyme cycling method for bile acids, which displays outstanding sensitivity and precision when compared to the traditional enzymatic tests. With excellent linearity up to 188 µmol/L for the comfortable detection of clinically important results, and a liquid ready-to-use format for convenience and ease-of-use, the Randox 5th Generation bile acids assay offers an exceptional correlation coefficient of r=0.99 when compared to other commercially available methods.

DreamPrep NAP featuring Zymo Research workstation

Tecan’s new DreamPrep NAP workstation is designed to simplify nucleic acid extraction workflows. Tecan has collaborated closely with Zymo Research to offer a ready-to-go processing solution for the ZymoBIOMICS 96 MagBead DNA Kit, including walkaway quantification and normalisation with an onboard Infinite 200 PRO reader.

Ductless fume hoods enhance personnel safety

The Purair Basic Series ductless fume hoods are compact and ideal for use in laboratory environments where space is limited or where only small volumes of harmful substances are handled. The Purair Advanced Series ductless fume hoods are available in seven standard sizes in metal or polypropylene construction. These high-efficiency products are designed to protect the user and the environment from hazardous vapours generated on the work surface.

Next-generation GeneSys image capture software

Syngene, has announced that its GeneSys software is now available with the addition of new ChemiRapid, Signal Accumulation Calculator (SAC) and Enhanced Image features designed to improve chemiluminescence imaging workflow and quality. The software, available for free download to users of specific Syngene imaging systems, offers picture-perfect chemiluminescence blot images.

Remote monitoring for consistent and cost-effective cell culture

The Olympus Provi CM20 monitoring system provides quantitative data about the health of cell cultures while they are in the incubator. The system periodically scans the cultures, counts the number of cells, determines confluency and wirelessly communicates the data to a tablet or PC. Using the CM20 system, data can be acquired that will help to improve the reproducibility and stability of the cell culture process.

Haematology analyser designed for mid-size laboratories

Beckman Coulter, a global leader in clinical diagnostics, today announced the commercial launch of its new DxH 690T haematology analyser. Designed to help laboratories streamline workflow and maximise uptime, the DxH 690T offers all the benefits of the company’s flagship DxH 900 haematology analyser to mid-size laboratories, including the recently released Early Sepsis Indicator