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Männedorf, Switzerland, August 16, 2011 – The flexibility offered by Tecan’s MultiChannel Arm™ (MCA) 384 and Freedom EVO® liquid handling platform is vital to researchers in the Biology Department at the University of Konstanz, Germany, helping them to develop novel molecular tools for the investigation of cellular processes. Professor Thomas U Mayer explained: “We are investigating how small molecules affect protein activity, and how they may be used to activate or deactivate this activity during mitosis in living cells. We perform a variety of protein- and cell-based assays, using fluorescence-based techniques to follow the process of interest, and depend on a Freedom EVO platform equipped with the versatile MCA 384 option to reproducibly perform these screens.”
“We mainly work in 384-well format, but we also use 96-well plates for RNAibased screens, and so wanted a highly flexible system which could perform various assays as required. The MCA 384’s adapter plate concept allows us to automatically switch between 384- and 96-well pipetting, as well as use our existing 384-well pin tool for very low volume liquid transfers. This enables us to use a single workstation to perform a wide range of tasks, which is very important in academia, and we have been very happy with the system’s performance.”
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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 2010, Tecan generated sales of CHF 371 million (USD 356 million; EUR 269 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/ ISIN: 1210019).