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Zurich, Switzerland, 25 March 2003 – Tecan, a leading player in the Life Sciences supply industry, today introduced Aquarius, an automated multi-channel pipetting system that makes optimal use of laboratory space. This compact multi-channel pipetting system can be used for a wide range of applications in genomics and drug discovery. Aquarius uses both 96- and 384-well pipetting heads and has the built-in flexibility to use fixed and disposable 96-well manifolds interchangeably. The system can be used for medium-to-high throughput sample dispensing for compound logistics, assay development, and primary and secondary drug screening processes, as well as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing reaction set-up procedures used in genomics.
Nicolas Sandoz, Product Group Manager at Tecan, commented: “Aquarius is a perfect addition to Tecan’s full suite of multi-channel pipettors. Compact in size, Aquarius makes optimal use of laboratory space, while preserving many of the same features found in larger pipetting systems. Aquarius has the added benefit of being used as either a stand-alone or in conjunction with existing automated pipetting equipment. “
Researchers who need pipetting volumes of 1 to 200 microliters will find that Aquarius — whether configured with either a fixed- or disposable-tip 96-channel pipetting head — is an ideal choice for their pipetting needs. In one process, it is easy to switch between either disposable or fixed tips. Configured with a fixed tip 384-channel head, Aquarius delivers volumes in an impressive 200 nanoliter to 50 microliter range. With its three lanes of three pipetting positions, Aquarius offers a remarkable amount of useable deck space in a small footprint. For automated storage, retrieval and delivery of microplates, the system will be fully compatible with Tecan’s soon-to-be launched Autoloader.
By supporting a wide range of multi-channel pipetting applications, Aquarius offers researchers a powerful high throughput dispensing system for the drug discovery or genomics laboratory.
Rochat & Partners
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Tecan Group Ltd.
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