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March 10, 2015 | Customer News

Simplicity by design with Tecan’s HydroSpeed™ plate washer

March 10, 2015

Simplicity by design with Tecan’s HydroSpeed™ plate washer

The HydroSpeed offers precise control over critical wash settings

Männedorf, Switzerland, March 10, 2015 – Melbourne-based Genera Biosystems has been testing a HydroSpeed™ plate washer with its Sirocco™ multiplexed diagnostics automation platform, allowing rapid, efficient washing of its proprietary AmpaSand™ beads. Karl Poetter, Chief Scientific Officer, explained: "Following PCR, AmpaSand plates are spun down to remove the supernatant, then washed to remove unbound reagents or PCR products prior to flow cytometry analysis. Manual bead washing is tedious and error-prone, and so we wanted to automate the post-PCR washing steps to provide the accuracy and reliability necessary for diagnostic applications. We needed an automated 96-channel plate washer that offered effective removal of unincorporated primers and reagents without disturbing the pellet, and the HydroSpeed washer from Tecan was the only system that met our specifications. It offers precise control over the wash parameters and needle positioning, allowing us to obtain very high bead retention rates and ensuring effective washing."

“We have successfully evaluated the HydroSpeed washer for integration with our Sirocco Automation System, and our aim now is to create a streamlined, compact and user-friendly platform that offers walkaway automation of the entire process, simply requiring the patient sample to be loaded onto the instrument. The Tecan team has always been positive and supportive of our automation efforts, and we are confident that their expertise will help us to develop this next generation of our automated system."

To find out more on Tecan’s HydroSpeed washer, visit www.tecan.com/hydrospeed



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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 automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, and forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), 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 2013, Tecan generated sales of CHF 388 million (USD 419 million; EUR 316 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TECN; ISIN CH0012100191).