Product News: Thermo Fisher Scientific Introduces New Integrated Liquid Handling Option for HCS

07 Apr 2008

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science has today introduced the new Thermo Scientific Liquid Handling Module for the ArrayScan VTI HCS Reader. Synchronous dispense-while-imaging capability, combined with kinetic image capture, a market-leading range of image analysis algorithms, and “on the fly” processing, allow the real-time capture of cellular phenotypes and rapid biological responses. Furthermore, multiple aspirate/dispense options enable dye loading, media replacement, incubation and stimulus addition to be fully automated. The Thermo Scientific Cellomics ArrayScan VTI with Liquid Handling Module provides a best-in-class automated solution for pharmacological studies, including GPCR biology, cell pathway analysis, compound pharmacology and In Vitro toxicology.

Ready-to-go, the Thermo Scientific Liquid Handling Module is fully compatible with all ArrayScan VTI models. Seamless integration with the ArrayScan software provides full use of industry leading functionality such as intelligent acQuisition, multiple protocols and automated plate-handling. All functions are easy-to-use and multiple aspirate, dispensing and mixing are available from four deck locations for simple and highly flexible experimental set up. The Liquid Handling Module is also capable of single tip aspirate to any location. Compatible with 96 and 384 well plates, the module utilizes disposable tips with a dispense volume range of 3 – 200 µL, and an optional disposable tip wash, reducing the risk of cross contamination. Furthermore, pipetting will not interfere with screening or multiple operator use.

The Liquid Handling Module joins a host of popular modular options designed to further increase the flexibility and functionality of the ArrayScan VTI HCS Reader Platform. Also available is the Live Cell Chamber, the Brightfield module, a range of optional objectives, the CataLyst Express Plate Handling Robot and the ApoTome.