Product News: Advanced Instruments to Feature the Anoxomat Mark II Anaerobic System, and Report Findings on New Osmolality Study, at AACC’s 2007 Annual Meeting

18 Jul 2007

Advanced Instruments, will showcase the Anoxomat™ Mark II anaerobic system for the cultivation of anaerobic, micro-aerophilic, and capnophilic bacteria in clinical laboratories along with its line of osmometers and neonatal bilirubin analyzer –at the AACC’s (American Association for Clinical Chemistry) annual meeting in July.

In addition, in a Technology/Design Development session at the meeting titled “Performance Characteristics of a New Single Sample Freezing Point Osmometer,” Advanced Instruments will report the results of a study conducted to evaulate linearity and imprecision performance parameters of the new Advanced® Model 3320 osmometer. The presentation, number E-49, will be held on July 19th from 9 AM to 11 AM.

Anoxomat Mark II: Delivering Advantages for Clinical Lab Managers

The Anoxomat Mark II’s automatic jar evacuation/replacement technology is an excellent alternative to the use of anaerobic chambers and gas bags currently used in clinical laboratories.

Advanced Instruments will feature its Anoxomat Mark II anaerobic system at the 2007 AACC Annual Meeting, July 15 – 19, 2007, in booth number 4901.

“The Anoxomat Mark II creates microaerophilic and anaerobic conditions quickly – delivering significant advantages for clinical laboratory managers. Moreover, managers report that the Anoxomat delivers significant savings in terms of consumables, time, effort, and money versus anaerobic jars, anaerobic glove cabinets, or CO2 incubators,” said Anthony Pappas, National Sales Manager, Advanced Instruments.

Angelika Lichtenfeld of Calgary Lab Services in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, reported saving “a considerable amount in gases – perhaps a quarter” of what the laboratory used previously.

The Anoxomat is also fast and easy to use, makes the work process more flexible, and its built-in quality assurance guarantees reliable results, Pappas added.

Dr. Hanna Wexler of the VA Wadsworth Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., said, “Because of the way the Anoxomat jar works, I can open it up, take out a sample, and make it anaerobic again very quickly.”

Benefits of the Anoxomat Mark II system include:
  • Substantial cost-of-ownership savings versus the expense of consumables, pre-reduce media, and ongoing costs involved with chambers and gas bags,
  • “Walk-away convenience” and ease of use due to the Mark II’s new, intuitive software and touch-screen interface,
  • Automatic quality assurance programming features that ensure an airtight status, warn of pressure leaks, and bind any residual oxygen after evacuation cycling,
  • Rapid achievement of anaerobic conditions, reaching anaerobiosis as quickly as one to three minutes as opposed to one to four hours for gas bags or chambers,
  • Repeatable environmental conditions, with gas mixtures remaining consistent within 0.5 percent of desired values, and
  • Unmatched flexibility allowing users to take plates in and out of jars and return to anaerobic environments in minutes rather than hours.

Anoxomat’s Excellence in Technology

The Anoxomat system is highly efficient and cost effective at cultivating pathogens and attaining growth performance that easily equals or exceeds that of chambers or gas bags.

Each Anoxomat cycle involves an evacuation phase, followed by replacement using an oxygen-free gas mixture. One cycle achieves 70% to 80% removal of the original atmosphere and gives a microaerophilic environment in one minute. Three cycles achieve an anaerobic atmosphere in less than 3 minutes.

A built-in quality assurance system checks for leaks before incubation. The system also checks whether the catalyst is capable of achieving the desired conditions and warns you if there's a threat of gas failure.

The resulting gas mixture stays well within 0.5% of the desired value. This high precision, combined with the well-known reproducibility of these conditions, “gives microbiologists a strong tool to draw accurate conclusions from repeated findings,” Pappas said.

The Anoxomat Mark II Anaerobic System is immediately available from Advanced Instruments, Inc. and Spiral Biotech. For more information, visit Advanced Instruments, Inc. at the 2007 AACC Annual Meeting, July 15 – 19, 2007, in booth number 4901.