Thermo Electron launches lab automation solutions

San Jose, CA—Thermo Electron Corp. recently introduced several new laboratory technologies to further automate laboratories, resulting in higher throughput, efficiency and accuracy.


San Jose, CA— Thermo Electron Corp. recently introduced several new laboratory technologies to further automate laboratories, resulting in higher throughput, efficiency and accuracy. One solution is a patented technology for protein purification that was the result of a new collaboration between Thermo Electron and Dynal Biotech. It's called Dynabeads Talon, and it's automated on Thermo's KingFisher platform.

Using biomagnetic technology for proteomic research, this system increases the number of samples that can be processed daily to more than 1,000 by isolating pure histidine-tagged proteins faster. Working with KingFisher magnetic particle processors, these Dynabeads purify 96 samples in 30 minutes. The purified recombinant proteins can then be used by scientists in the next steps of their drug and biomarker discovery efforts.

'In addition to our proteomics-collaboration with Dynal Biotech, we're committed to expanding our automated lab solutions based on our knowledge of customer needs and the breadth of our company's capabilities,' says Marc Casper, Thermo Electron's president of Life and Laboratory Sciences.

Technologies that Thermo Electron exhibited at the recent LabAutomation event include:

  • Version 2.1 of Polara integration software, version 2.1, which powers automated workstations, including the CRS Mini DM and CataLyst Express. Polara software incorporates existing features, such as 'smart' error recovery, with many new features, including run-extension and run-stop-resume. Polara ensures higher throughput, promotes greater process control by the user, allows reliable recovery from unanticipated interruptions, calculates down time, and recalculates incubation times.

  • Ambi-Store R automated ambient carousel, which is a high-speed automated carousel and plate mover for higher throughput. Ambi-Store R is fully compatible with Thermo's Steri-Cult R automated CO2 incubator, and provides more total storage than equivalent carousels. Ambi-Store R joins Steri-Cult R in Thermo's growing line of automated controlled environment equipment.

  • Thermo Multiskan Spectrum microplate spectrophotometer, which is a highly flexible microplate spectrophotometer used in life science and drug discovery applications, and is fully compatible with CRS Polara. Users can now integrate Multiskan Spectrum with Thermo's CRS Dimension4 high-speed distributed motion movers to provide fully automated lab systems with throughputs of up to 1,000 plates per day. Multiskan Spectrum is designed for easy access by automated plate handlers, supporting both portrait and landscape gripping of the plate.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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