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April 28, 2009 | Customer News

Tecan and innovatis collaborate to enhance the automation of cell culturing and analysis

Tecan and innovatis collaborate to enhance the automation of cell culturing and analysis  






Tecan and innovatis are working closely together under a new collaborative agreement to jointly market their robotic cell culture workstations and cell detection devices. The collaboration concentrates on Cellavista, innovatis’ new automated image-based platform technology for cellular analysis, which has bright field and fluorescent capabilities and can process microplates, microscope slides and robot-friendly cell culture flasks. Cellavista, in combination with Tecan’s flexible Freedom EVO® platform, allows automation of a wide range of cell-related processes including cell line development, cell proliferation, stem cell differentiation and various cell-based assays.


“We have already had a long, successful partnership with Tecan, and have worked very closely with Tecan application specialists on several customer projects,” said Michael Grohmann, Chief Executive Officer at innovatis. “Most Cellavista customers ask about full process automation and have shown great interest in Tecan’s automated solutions. They readily recognize the advantages of having a liquid handling and cell culture system that complements the detection capabilities of the Cellavista.”


Matthew Robin, Senior Vice President and Head of Liquid Handling and Robotics at Tecan, added:
“The Cellavista has excellent image quality, fast reading speeds and versatile image recognition software, perfectly complementing our automated handling systems. We already have fully operational installations at several sites, for applications in stem cell differentiation, cell quality control and cell line development.
I am delighted to continue Tecan’s fruitful association with innovatis, helping us to offer our customers a powerful package for cell-based applications.”


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About Tecan

Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global supplier of laboratory instruments and solutions for the biopharma, forensic and diagnostic industries. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automation solutions for life science laboratories. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the premier supplier of automated laboratory storage and logistics systems. Tecan's clients include pharmaceutical and biotech companies, university research departments, diagnostic laboratories and companies as well as forensics laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has production, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2007, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 414.4 million (USD 345.3 million; EUR 252.7 million). Registered shares of the Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/Valor: 1210019).