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At Boehringer Ingelheim’s principal research site in Biberach, Germany, the Screening Support group relies on REMP automated sample storage and retrieval systems to provide compound management services for the company’s high throughput screening laboratories worldwide.
Dr Gerhard Mihm, head of the Screening Support group, explained: “Over the years, the number of compounds to be managed has increased tremendously, and we rely heavily on our REMP sample storage systems; with over 800,000 compounds in our collection, our service would not be possible without this technology. There are only six of us in the group, so it is essential that all of our processes are highly streamlined and very efficient. REMP provides rapid service and maintenance, and the excellent relationship we have developed with the people at REMP is a major benefit too.”
Dr Mihm continued: “Our automated REMP systems include stores for solid samples, a -20 ºC store for compound solutions using REMP 96 and 384 Tube Technology™ consumables and automated cherry picking functions, a plate store at -20 ºC, as well as an expansion of our vial store to accommodate another 250,000 vials.” The group also depends on several REMP workstations for automated copying of plates, weighing of solid compounds, preparing stock DMSO solutions and generating 96-well mother plates.
Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global supplier of solutions for the biopharma, forensic and diagnostic industries. The company is a leader in the development, production and distribution of advanced automation and detection solutions for the world’s leading life science laboratories. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the premier supplier of large-scale automated laboratory storage and logistics systems. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has over 1100 employees, owns production, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2006, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 405.9 million (USD 324.7 million; EUR 258.6 million). Shares of the Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/Valor: 1210019).
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