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October 14, 2010 | Customer News

Automation increases neonatal screening throughput

Automation increases neonatal screening throughput

Männedorf, Switzerland, October 14, 2010 – Astoria-Pacific International has chosen Tecan’s Freedom EVO® liquid handling platform to automate its new SPOTCHECK® Pro Neonatal Screening assays for biotinidase and GALT (galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase). Alana Lerch, Newborn Screening Product Manager at Astoria-Pacific International, explained: “SPOTCHECK Pro is a microplate-based system, offering end­to­end automation for routine neonatal testing. The Freedom EVO platform is able to fully integrate all the modules necessary for complete automation of our assays, offering customers the ability to run overnight and at weekends, with minimal maintenance requirements.”

“The system is controlled by Tecan’s Freedom EVOware® Plus software, using barcoded microplates to ensure correct sample identification. Automation significantly improves throughput from around five to eighteen assayed plates in one day, and can run mixed batches of biotinidase and GALT plates to offer even greater efficiency. Automation also eliminates the potential for errors that can occur during manual operation, reducing the need for repeat testing, and maintenance time is drastically reduced.” “The support team at Tecan has been wonderful throughout the development process of this new system, and Tecan experts have helped with software updates and incorporating new features to accommodate us. We have already obtained approval in the US for the SPOTCHECK Biotinidase kit, and we are currently seeking approval for the GALT kit. We also plan to add further SPOTCHECK tests in the future with Tecan’s help.”

To find out more on Tecan’s Freedom EVO workstations, visit www.tecan.com/freedomevo

To learn more about Astoria-Pacific’s SPOTCHECK products, go to www.astoria-pacific.com/spotcheck



For more information please contact

Tecan Trading AG
Tanja Kaiser
Seestrasse 103
CH-8708 Männedorf

Tel +41 (0)44 922 81 11
Fax +41 (0)44 922 81 12



About Tecan

Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics, and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of instruments and automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. As an original equipment manufacturer, Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2009, Tecan generated sales of CHF 392 million (USD 361.2 million; EUR 259.6 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/ ISIN CH0012100191).