Product News: Agilent Automation Solutions Announces Configuration to Accelerate Cell-Based ELISA Procedures

08 Mar 2010

Agilent Automation Solutions has announced a configuration of its BioCel System that allows laboratories to fully automate cell-based ELISA procedures thereby reducing the risk of human error, contamination and time spent on tedious manual procedures.

The handling of cells in automated systems requires smooth and reliable operation and specialized equipment. Agilent Automation Solutions designed this BioCel System to dispense cells into microplates and perform a series of alternating incubations and reagent additions. Automated control of intermediate plate batches, cell medium removal and absorbance detection also formed part of the process.

The BioCel System is ideally suited to this complex assay format due to its powerful dynamic scheduling software, flexible liquid handling options and the ability to simply integrate third-party instruments. Integrating an Agilent Vertical Pipetting Station, multiple labware stackers, plate washer, CO2 incubator and microplate absorbance reader the BioCel System is shown to provide unattended automation of approximately 500 plates per run in a 3-day experiment. Using the described configuration - cells can be plated and stored at a rate of 1 minute per plate.