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As the number of samples to be stored has grown so the need for automated sample storage instrumental solutions has become increasingly important. Entitled 'Managing your compound library' the new technical note describes automation products that manage the 4 stages of sample storage volume measurement: tube decapping, non-contact sample volume measurement, tube capping and re-arraying the tubes.
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The Development Microlute offers the user a choice of 8 or 12 different phases and sorbent volumes (10 -100mg) in one plate. This allows the user to rapidly and simply identify the optimal sorbent and loading for their specific application.
By supplying a complete methods development product that does not need to be constructed by the user, Porvair delivers considerable savings in valuable laboratory time.
Read full article: 'Flexible SPE microplate enhances methods development'
An automated platform was developed with a customer who will use stem cells as the basis of their HTS assays and drug discovery programs, with the goal to increase their throughput and potentially find more promising lead compounds.
To successfully automate these sensitive assays they required an automated system with a controlled environment which would provide the best conditions for cell growth.
Read full article: 'Automating stem cell research using environmental control'
The event, “Opening the Doors to the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Nanoelectronics, Nanofabrication and Nanometrology,” which was supported by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and the Tech Council of Maryland/MdBio (TCM/MdBio), highlighted more than 21 technologies available for licensing and/or commercialization.
Technologies presented included a method of storing electronic memory on inexpensive flexible plastic sheets, sorting carbon nanotubes through a technique that employs “green” aqueous chemistries and generates minimal waste and "scatterfield imaging," an award-winning technique that can determine the dimensions and feature sizes of extremely small structures.
Read full article: 'Nanotech Available for Commercialization by NIST'
Crewe, UK -- The latest generation of Dual Polarisation Interferometer from Farfield, the AnaLight® 4D, sets the performance standard for laboratory based real time biophysical characterisation of proteins, lipids and other biomolecules, providing quantitative structural data to support world class research in the life sciences.
The unique information generated by the AnaLight® 4D is invaluable for many applications such as the elucidation of disease mechanisms and how to inhibit them.
The AnaLight® 4D allows researchers to define how biomolecular conformation affects function and how to mediate function with structurally relevant binding partners. A new capability to measure the order within lipid bilayers, only available in the AnaLight® 4D, opens a new market in the design of lipid mediated bioassays.
Read full article: 'NEW Dual Polarisation Interferometer'
In this report entitled 'FIPA for xylene soluble determination of polypropylene and impact copolymers' the authors compare the Viscotek FIPA experimental procedures with the traditional gravimetric method used to determine xylene solubles in process polymers.
The xylene soluble test is designed to measure the amorphous content of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber materials.
Read full article: 'Improving gravimetric determination of xylene solubles'
Saffron Walden, UK -- Radleys have introduced a new option for their Lara Controlled Laboratory Reactor (CLR) system and bespoke Laboratory Reactors that offers chemists studying crystal morphology significant benefits.
Traditionally chemists have used video microscopy as their technique of choice for non-invasive monitoring of particle shape, shape and quantity in process.
Radleys split jacket laboratory reactors, are now available incorporating a flat, optically clear window for use with video microscopy.
The new feature opens the way to accurate and sensitive particle characterisation enabling early stage evaluation and resolution of process issues, thereby reducing process costs and avoiding the need for repeat batches.
Set within a narrow, central non-jacketed section the optical window ensures that the clearest possible image is obtained as particles are not obscured by the depth of the thermofluid within the jacket or the extra glass wall. The flatness of the window also eliminates any distortion of the image associated with undertaking video microscopy through the usual curved vessel surface.
Read full article: 'Innovation enables early stage crystal morphology evaluation'
CHUR, Switzerland -- Using a MEDIAJET vario adapted to work with 35mm petri dishes, supplied by INTEGRA Biosciences AG, the FMI Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland has established an effective technique for automated production of thousands of agar plates on which to cultivate the nematode C. elegans.
The nematode C. elegans has long been a popular geneticist's tool. The simplicity, transparency and speed of its biological functions have made C. elegans an ideal model organism for studying genes and their function.
The FMI is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in biomedical research with a strong record of innovation in the molecular biology of disease. Supported by the Novartis Research Foundation the goal of the FMI is to exploit new technologies to further its understanding of the basic molecular mechanisms of cells and organisms in the fields of epigenetics, growth control and neurobiology.
Read full article: 'Versatile Media Preparation System Fulfils The Needs Of Nematode Research'
Albuquerque NM, USA – The Ball Aerospace Infrared Radiation Effects Laboratory (IRREL) operated at the Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has received the 2008 Herschel Award.
The award was presented at the February meeting of the Military Sensing Symposium (MSS), a national organization that promotes the development and application of both radar and electro-optic sensor technology, primarily associated with military applications.
The Herschel Award is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated a major breakthrough in infrared device science or technology.
In making the presentation, Dr. William Radford, chairman of the MSS Detector Specialty Group, said, “With a combined experience of over 90 years, the unrivaled leadership and expertise that IRREL leverages on a day-to-day basis makes them an asset to all systems that utilize focal plane arrays.”
Read full article: 'Radiation IR Effects Laboratory Receives 2008 Herschel Award'
Used in combination with the Guava Express®, Guava ViaCount® and other Guava® Assays the new Guava RapidQuant IgG Assays provide unmatched antibody characterisation on a single cellular analysis platform - the Guava EasyCyte™ Plus ™ System.
With their simplicity and ease of use, the new microplate-based Guava RapidQuant™ IgG Assays have raised the bar for IgG titering in tissue culture supernatants.
Read full article: 'Comprehensive Antibody Characterisation'
To date approximately 7,000 meters of magnetite seams have been discovered on the Baja Pacific No. 8 mining lot.
The survey works for Baja Pacific No. 8 will consist of the EPM survey work that is now underway together with a Cesium Magnetometer survey to be conducted upon completion of the EPM work.
CWRM management has given a verbal commitment to EDCON-PRJ, Inc. of Denver, Colorado, to undertake the deep magnetometer survey interpretation and mapping and the possible contracting to EDCON-PRJ to conduct a Gravity Survey.
This will be determined upon the completion of all magnetic survey work.
Read full article: 'CWRM Updates EPM 3D Survey in Baja California, Mexico'
Golden CO, USA -- What started out as a spreadsheet on one National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analyst's laptop has become one of the most credible models for projecting wind power capacities and energy deliveries for the future, and it has a name to match: the Wind Deployment System, or WinDS.
NREL's strategic energy analysis capability is one of the laboratory's core competencies and a must-have element of every technology development process. But because analyses are often only as good as the tools the analysts have to work with, key models need to be designed to produce reliable analyses that support NREL's research.
Read full article: 'NREL's WinDS Model Reveals Renewable Energy Potential'
The companies will offer scientists superior technical performance, higher quality data, and much greater accessibility to this powerful analytical platform than is currently available.
Flow cytometry is a technique used by scientists to measure changes in protein expression in individual cells that may occur as a consequence of many important factors such as (stem) cell differentiation, disease, aging, cancer development, drug treatment, and toxicity.
The combination of Millipore’s and Guava’s capabilities will integrate instrumentation, reagent kits, validated protocols, and technical support to bring the advantages of flow cytometry to the bench tops of cell biologists.
Read full article: 'Creating New Solutions For Cell Biology'
The extended software for the MB3000 laboratory spectrometers complete with extensive health monitoring, full instrument validation for regulated environments in compliance with CFR21 part 11 as well as ASTM E1421-99 (2004) performance monitoring, workflow scripting, professional reporting, and multiple languages. The MB3000 Series can be viewed at PITTCON booth #6451 in New Orleans this week.
A year after the launch of its new MB3000 FTIR spectrometer, ABB has received strong interest and a high level of acceptance of its new laboratory analyzer. The combination of simplicity, low cost of ownership and surprising versatility are well appreciated by the market.
“We’re excited to report that while working with the MB3000 over the last year, we’ve observed greater sensativity and stability of the spectrometer system than anticipated,” said Dr. Henry Buijs, CTO.
Read full article: 'ABB launches new lab software Horizon MB(tm) FTIR at PITTCON 2008'
Chitosans are natural products derived from chitin, which is commonly found in the shells of crustaceans, and is a renewable resource nearly as abundant as cellulose.
Chitosans are a focus of interest for various applications. They can be used in a range of cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications as they are biocompatible, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and bioabsorbable.
To optimise their properties for a specific application Chitosans are often chemically modified. The wide use of Chitosans as excipient materials has created a demand for effective methods for determining their molecular weight distribution and structure.
Read full article: 'Characterisation of cosmetic & pharmaceutical excipients'