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Researchers at the Centre for Proteomics and Genomics Research (CPGR) in Cape Town, South Africa, have established a high throughput biological research platform with a number of automated microarray processing systems from Tecan, including an HS 4800™ Pro Hybridization Station with the new QuadChamber™, a HydroFlex™ system and an LS Reloaded™ laser scanner.
The CPGR uses a wide range of microarray-based techniques in a variety of collaborative projects to investigate diseases that are prevalent in South Africa, such as tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, malaria and cancers. Dr Reinhard Hiller, Managing Director of the CPGR, explained: “We set up the automated platform in order to increase our assay throughput and quality, while minimizing our costs and manual procedures. We are now fully equipped for processing almost all existing slide-based microarray formats, including genomic DNA, microRNA (miRNA) and protein microarrays.”
“We have had fantastic experience with the Tecan HS 4800 Pro Hybridization Station, it is really versatile and it performs all steps of the hybridization process, improving the quality of our results. Tecan has even customized our HydroFlex to provide automated incubation and washing of 16-plex protein microarray slides, such as the cytokine profiling arrays from GenTel BioSciences.”
Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global supplier of solutions for the biopharma, forensic and diagnostic industries. The company is a leader in the development, production and distribution of advanced automation and detection solutions for the world’s leading life science laboratories. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the premier supplier of large-scale automated laboratory storage and logistics systems. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has over 1100 employees, owns production, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2006, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 405.9 million (USD 324.7 million; EUR 258.6 million). Shares of the Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/Valor: 1210019).
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