A new chapter in histopathology automation

Sakura Finetek Europe has launched its latest innovation, Tissue-Tek SmartConnect, which enables fully automated continuous flow by connecting tissue processing and embedding in the histopathology laboratory.

Tissue-Tek SmartConnect is an automated transfer system that creates a continuous flow between the SMART solutions Tissue-Tek Xpress x120 Rapid Tissue Processor and Tissue-Tek AutoTEC a120 Automated Embedding System. This new, innovative SMART solution enables a laboratory to optimise its workflow and eliminate repetitive and unnecessary manual work.

Tissue-Tek SmartConnect is the first Sakura Finetek Europe launch from the company’s European Research & Development Department. "Our team has done an outstanding job by creating this complex robotic solution in just two years with the extreme high-quality Sakura Finetek is known for. We created a fully automated process, starting with grossed tissues as input up to embedded blocks as output," said Andries Dragt (Vice President, Strategy & Business Development). "With Tissue-Tek SmartConnect, Sakura Finetek once again proves itself as one of the most innovative companies when it comes to automating and standardising histology laboratories. This solution is a unique step towards future-proof pathology."

In the coming months, the first histopathology laboratory will be equipped with Tissue-Tek SmartConnect to show its value and support staff in the workplace. “This step is in line with our promise to empower pathology professionals to deliver accurate and fast diagnoses to optimise treatment success," said Chris Koeman (President of Sakura Finetek Europe). "The patient drives this promise. Because when it comes to diagnosing cancer, there is no time to wait. We truly believe we can make more valuable differences for patients in the future, and that drives us to put all our effort into bringing more worthy innovations to the market."

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