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November 7, 2006 | Customer News

Automated plate washing and vacuum filtration with Tecan's HydroFlex™ platform

  Tecan's new HydroFlex platform provides excellent performance, reliability and flexibility for a range of 96-well format applications, including washing of ELISAs, cellular assays and protein arrays, and vacuum filtration-to-waste, such as for PCR clean-up. The platform's outstanding on-line control features set new standards for plate washers, with options including a process control (PC) manifold that monitors all wash steps, and a liquid level detection system (LLD) to monitor filling levels in wash buffers and waste bottles. 

The compact and modular platform has very low residual volumes (under 2 ml) and multiple aspiration points for flat-bottom wells, ensuring consistent, high quality washing. The platform's gentle drop-wise dispense mode and movable wash head minimize cell detachment, even with weakly adherent cell-lines, and the advanced pumping system includes a dispense pump with RPM control and a double-head aspiration pump for reliable performance at low service costs.

The advanced vacuum filtration option benefits many applications, such as purification of DNA after PCR steps, where unwanted reaction by-products are easily removed by using filtration membrane plates that collect the purified DNA. 

The HydroFlex platform is easily operated as a stand-alone instrument with its built-in keypad, or by using the intuitive HydroControl software for simple pre-programming of wash cycles and plate parameters. The software fulfils user administration requirements, including electronic records and signatures, and allows the HydroFlex to be integrated with Tecan's Freedom EVO® liquid handling workstations or Freedom EVOlyzer® ELISA analyzer.

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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