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February 19, 2020 | Customer News

Tecan Automation Laboratory opens at University of Tokyo’s RCAST

Tecan Automation Laboratory opens at University of Tokyo’s RCAST

Maennedorf, Switzerland, February 19, 2020
– Tecan Japan Co., Ltd. has partnered with the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) to create the Tecan Automation Laboratory. The first laboratory to adopt naming rights at RCAST, this facility is equipped with state-of-the-art automated liquid handling and multimode reader technologies – including a Fluent® Automation Workstation, a Spark® Cyto multimode plate reader and D300e Digital Dispenser – to enhance the efficiency of life science research and improve the research environment within the center.

This partnership is part of an RCAST initiative to establish and expand its outstanding international research facilities for young researchers, such as UTokyo-Research Alliance for Information and Life Sciences (UTokyo-RAILS) and the Laboratory Automation Organization (CLARA). By constructing an open laboratory and developing systems to automate and increase the efficiency of experiments, RCAST aims to hire and foster young independent research leaders in life sciences and informatics. This will contribute to the University of Tokyo 2020 Vision of mutual association of excellence and diversity, and promote emergent research.

Dr Nozomu Yachie, Associate Professor of RCAST said “Automation and AI technologies have been rapidly increasing their importance for advanced scientific measurements and large-scale experiments. This alliance with Tecan Japan will create an environment where academia can fully utilize cutting-edge automation equipment, further accelerating the cycle of knowledge exploration and technological development in biomedical chemistry here at RCAST. We are delighted with this partnership.”

"We are very honored to open the Tecan Automation Laboratory at RCAST,” commented Dr Hirotaka Ito, representative director of Tecan Japan. “This facility will help RCAST researchers engaged in advanced discoveries to improve experimental efficiency and disseminate their inventive research results to the world using our latest detection devices and liquid handling automation systems. This partnership also provides Tecan with an excellent opportunity to explore novel research applications and grasp the needs for the next generation of researchers – it’s a mutually beneficial relationship."

To learn more about the Tecan Automation Laboratory and RCAST’s research, visit www.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/index.html.


The Tecan D300e Digital Dispenser is a product of HP Inc. CA, USA. For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.



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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, 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 2018, Tecan generated sales of CHF 594 million (USD 606 million; EUR 516 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TECN; ISIN CH0012100191).