The Automation Partnership, a UK-based specialist in life science automation systems, has launched a new low volume cell dispenser for SelecT, the firm's automated cell culture system. The dispenser was unveiled at the annual meeting of the European Society for Animal Cell Technology in Granada, Spain, held from 11-14 May.
In order to facilitate assay miniaturisation, the new cell dispenser feeds cells into the full range of microwell plates, including the high-density 1536 format as well as the more conventional 384 and 96 micro-well plates for cell-based screening. Many leading pharmaceutical companies now require the 1536-well format for cell-based screens in order to reduce assay volumes and reagent costs, said TAP in a statement.
TAP maintains that the new dispenser eliminates common liquid handling issues, such as air bubbles, splashing and variable dispense volumes across a plate and features automated tip washing to safeguard against cross contamination between cell lines. Other features include variable contact dispense speeds to aid the delivery of fragile cell types, said the firm.