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February 2, 2004 | Customer News

Tecan launches the Safire2 microplate reader - monochromator power for a new level of speed and versatility in detection

Männedorf, Switzerland, 2 February 2004 - Tecan today announced the introduction of Safire2, a fully modular monochromator-based microplate detection system that offers a range of high-speed fluorescence techniques. Safire2 will be presented together with a range of other new Tecan products at the LabAutomation2004 exhibition in San Jose, California, USA from February 2-4 (booth #407).

Modern drug discovery demands speed, sensitivity and flexibility from detection technologies. Researchers must not only develop the right assays as fast as possible but also screen the widest possible range of compounds. By empowering assay development and high throughput screening through its innovative detection capabilities, Safire2 fulfils these needs in one easy-to-use modular system.

Dieter Popp, Product Manager, Detection Instruments at Tecan, remarked: "Safire2 is being introduced to cater for a real need in the area of drug discovery. End users want to avoid at all costs the requirement of switching instruments when they move from assay development to high throughput screening. Tecan has developed Safire2 by building on its established expertise in state-of-the-art detection technologies to provide one modular instrument that serves all of these needs."


Improved flexibility through new modular design

Safire2 is a fully modular monochromator-based microplate detection system that offers a range of high-speed fluorescence techniques. Detection modules are available for top and bottom fluorescence intensity measurements, fluorescence polarization studies and multi-channel absorbance and luminescence measurements. Whether researchers wish to perform the latest biomolecular assays for primary or secondary screening, such as molecular interaction assays, kinase assays, protease assays or highly sensitive G-protein-coupled receptor assays, Safire2 has the options to fit the application requirements. Consecutive measurements in different fluorescent modes may be made with the shortest possible time interval between measurements. Safire2 also saves time and costs by eliminating the need for cumbersome filter changes. All wavelengths are easily accessible through a specially designed fast-scanning monochromator.

Safire2 is easily combined with a stacker module that allows rapid processing of up to 50 microplates. Through easy integration into Tecan's Freedom EVO series platforms, users also have access to fully automated drug discovery platforms with all the benefits of Safire2's detection prowess. 

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