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A Tecan Freedom EVO 150® liquid handling workstation recently starred in a two-hour special episode of the long-running, forensic science-based television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Sheila Thomas, Product Integrator at CSI which is filmed at Universal Studios in California, USA, approached Tecan on behalf of the television program and explained: “It is part of my job to help make the show realistic by finding the correct items for the set. We have a great team of technical advisors who have extensive law enforcement backgrounds but, since technology is constantly changing, we like to stay on the cutting edge by asking for the recommendations of current crime scene investigators who are out in the field every day. We contacted several law enforcement agencies and I also met with various forensic experts at the 2007 International Association of Identifications Conference, who all agreed that Tecan’s Freedom EVO platform is one of the best systems available for processing DNA.”
Tecan’s engineers configured the Freedom EVO workstation for automated DNA extraction from forensic samples and sent the system to Hollywood, where it was installed into CSI’s on-set laboratory.
“I want to thank people at Tecan for all the hard work they put into getting the Freedom EVO up and running for the television shoot,” Sheila said. “Our director is a perfectionist and he was very pleased with how the Freedom EVO performed. We got it in one take!” The special episode aired in the USA on November 8th 2007.
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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