Product news in brief - week 46

By Dr Matt Wilkinson

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Thermo fisher scientific, Laboratory equipment brings you its periodic update of new product
releases, with offerings from Bio-Rad, BTX, Hitachi, Mettler
Toledo, Syrris, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Tripos Intl., Warner and

Bio-Rad​ has launched a new data management system for its ProteOn XPR36​ protein interaction analyser, the ProteOn Manager 2.0​. The system enables easier application workflow and faster performance by reducing processing and analysis times from 2 minutes to 34 seconds as well as introducing 'one button' data processing. In addition, the new release enables kinetic analysis fitting and improved data import/export functionality. BTX​ has launched a new cell behaviour model, the ECIS (electric cell-substrate impedance sensing) 800 system. The ECIS 800 provides a novel method to perform real time cell monitoring, electroporation, and wounding by measuring impedance changes of AC current on a small electrode allowing researchers to observe cell movement, confluence and adherence to the electrode. The 8-well slides use an array of gold film electrodes that connect to the ECIS 800 electronics to allow multiple preparations to be studied in parallel. Hitachi Life Sciences​ has launched a new ultra high-speed liquid chromatograph (UHPLC), LaChromUltra​, which the company claims delivers improved sensitivity and resolution along with a 90 per cent increase in analysis speed compared to conventional HPLC. The system can cope with pressures up to 8700 psi as well as having a low instrument system volume for maximum peak dispersion. The system also comes with four pressure sensors and a constant feedback mechanism as part of it's A-EPIC (advanced electronic pulsation isolation and compensation) system that provides maximum solvent flow consistency that helps improve retention time and gradient precision. Mettler Toledo​ has launched a new series of multichannel pipette (MCP) calibration workstations that provide ISO 8655-compliant calibration of single and multichannel pipettes in a fraction of the time required by a traditional balance. The workstations can precisely calibrate volumes as low as 10µl and consist of from one to five automatic weighing units that are made up of a balance and automated transport system to ensure accurate and reproducible pipetting. Syrris​ has launched a new method for heating round bottom flasks and vials, dubbed Atlas Dry Baths. The baths avoid the issues commonly involved with oil baths and stays safe to touch during operation. The baths are compatible with leading hotplate brands and can accommodate flasks with volumes from 50ml to 1l. Excellent thermal transfer ensures fast heating times while removing the risk and mess of oil baths. Thermo Fisher Scientific​ has launched an updated version of its metabolite identification software, MetWorks 1.1.0​. The new software enables automated acquisition, processing and reporting of LC/MSn (liquid chromatography / mass spectrometry) data in support of biotransformation studies. The system is fully compatible with all Thermo Scientific MS instruments capable of performing MS/MS and MSn fragmentation studies. By integrating the system with Thermo Scientific's Mass Frontier predictive fragmentation software automated metabolite identification studies will be dramatically improved. Tripos International​ (now owned by Vector Capital) has released a new 3D quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) tool, the Topomer CoMFA​, which automates the creation of models for predicting the level of biological activity or other properties of chemical compounds. "With Topomer CoMFA, the power of quantitative 3D QSAR activity predictions can be harnessed to show which structural changes will optimize the biological properties of your lead series,"​ said Dr Richard Cramer III, Tripos' chief scientific officer. "While experts can simply use Tripos Topomer CoMFA to greatly extend the scope of 3D QSAR approaches, its ease-of-use means that now almost any discovery scientist can create 3D QSAR models to assist in optimizing lead compounds." Warner Instruments​ has introduced a new oxygen and carbon dioxide gas controller, the Oxystreamer, that can be used to control the atmosphere in a microscope stage mount cell culture incubator/chamber as well as the dissolved gas levels in a media or perfusate. Whitehouse Scientific​ has extended its range of standards for particle characterisation by image analysis with its new range of glass calibration microcapsules. According to the firm microscopy with image analysis is one of the fastest growing new methods of particle characterisation as it enables the ability to measure particle shape as well as size. To ensure accurate readings, the standards now cover sizes from below 10µm to over 1mm. In addition, a 1-10 µm polydisperse standard can now be used to test the resolving power of analysis instruments.

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