A2 Technologies has introduced a new portable Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer designed for use in the field. The rugged Mobility spectrometer range features three systems, the MLp, ML and MLx. The spectrometers incorporate two diamond based sampling systems to allow a broad range of liquids, solids, oils, gels and pastes to be easily analysed. The systems portability reduces the need of sending samples to remote laboratories minimizing laboratory bottlenecks and ensuring faster analysis. GE Healthcare has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2007 Product Innovation Award for its pre-clinical imaging systems which cover optical imaging, computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). "GE Healthcare is the pre-eminent diagnostic imaging company with its extensive product line in the X-ray, MRI, CT and PET imaging sectors," said Dr Subha Basu, an industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "The considerable resources that GE invests annually toward expanding the limits of innovation are positioning the company as a leader in pre-clinical imaging as well." Guava Technologies has introduced new software for its EasyCyte Plus microcapillary cytometry system to simplify multi-colour detection. According to Guava, the software allows you to visualise up to eight plots simultaneously while still allowing access to data analysis and operation functions. Millipore has released two new cell lines, the MEL-1 and MEL-2 human embryonic stem (HES) cell lines, used in research for the treatment and potential cure of disabling and terminal diseases and conditions. According to the company, the cell lines have been extensively tested with its HEScGRO media and are a valuable addition to Millipore's expanding range of HES cell lines. The MEL lines were derived by Stem Cell Sciences in collaboration with Melbourne IVF and the Australian Stem Cell centre and are under license for the Australian Natioonal Health and Medical Research Council. Radleys has released new literature describing the company's range of chemically inert polyester Tough-Tags labels. The labels adhere strongly to all common laboratory materials and are resistant to organic solvents, caustic agents and other aggressive chemicals as well as being temperature resistant from -196oC to 400oC. Syngene has introduced a new automated image analyser, the G:BOX Chemi XL, that produces images of Western blots labelled with any Qdot colour allowing the differentiation of proteins tagged with different fluorescent markers. The company believes this will allow easier differentiation between total and post-translationally expressed proteins. The analyser contains a 5.5 mega pixel, 16 bit cooled camera that is fitted inside a darkroom and has a motor driven sample stage. "As well as being able to separate different Qdot colours from each other, the system's peltier cooled camera also allows chemiluminescence imaging and means the G:BOX Chemi XL is an essential tool where accurate imaging of fluorescent and chemiluminescent Western blots is critical to the research," said Laura Sullivan, Syngene's Divisional Manager. Thermo fisher Scientific has announced a new general purpose centrifuge system, the Heraeus Multifuge 3 Plus, for both clinical and research applications. According to the company, the 3l centrifuge offers the highest bench-top processing capabilities on the market, and comes with carbon-fibre rotors and high capacity adapters to improve researcher's everyday sample preparation processes. Thermo Fisher Scientific has also developed a new PCR buffer, ReddyMix, which contains a red tracker dye enabling samples to be loaded directly onto an agarose gel for electrophoresis separation after thermal cycling. This should reduce pipetting and reagent handling steps in the PCR process, reducing contamination risks and enhancing test reproducibility.