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October 11, 2006 | Customer News

Automated cell culture from Tecan

  Tecan, one of the world's leading players in the growing life sciences industry, has released the new Flask Flipper™ module which fits Tecan's Freedom EVO® liquid handling workstations.

The new module handles tissue cultures in microplate-sized, automation friendly cell culture flasks, which have been introduced by recognized consumable manufacturers, including the RoboFlask™ vessel by Corning Life Sciences.

The module eliminates manually tedious cell culturing processes by automating the harvest, passage, splitting and seeding of adherent cell cultures. The Flask Flipper module assists the cell harvesting process by shaking, knocking cells off flask surfaces and holding flasks in the upright position for liquid addition or removal.

Studies in association with the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur have shown that various cell types grown to near confluency in Corning RoboFlask vessels showed no statistical differences in cell counts and cell viability when harvested either manually or by the Freedom EVO equipped with the Flask Flipper (data available from Tecan).

About Tecan

Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global player in the Life Sciences supply industry specializing in the development, production, and distribution of advanced automation solutions enabling pharma and academic research, diagnostics, food and veterinary research as well as forensics. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the leading supplier of compound and sample storage, management and logistics solutions. Tecan clients are pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments and diagnostic laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2005, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 344.9 million (USD 275.9 Mio.; EUR 222.5 Mio.). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN / Reuters: TECZn.S / Valor: 12100191).

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