BioTek to Debut Epoch System and Features Microplate Instrumentation Solutions at 2009 ELRIG Symposium

01 Sep 2009
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BioTek Instruments, Inc. showcased their microplate instrumentation technologies at the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (ELRIG) 3rd Drug Discovery Symposium, Stands A6-A7 from September 7-8, 2009 at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The symposium marks the international debut of BioTek’s Epoch™ Multi-Volume Spectrophotometer System for monochromator based absorbance measurements from 200nm to 999nm in microplates, cuvettes or 2 µL microspots. The system includes the Epoch Microplate Reader for measuring 6- to 384-well microplates and the Take3™ Multi-Volume Plate for measuring up to sixteen 2 µL samples, 1 cm cuvettes or BioTek's proprietary BioCell 1 cm quartz vessel. Instrument control and data reduction is automatically accomplished with Gen5™ software. This new system provides a high value, multi-volume solution for life science laboratories with multiple users and multiple assay demands.

BioTek’s stand also featured Synergy™ 4 Multi-Mode Microplate Reader with Hybrid Technology™ – the first multi-mode reader to combine filter-based and quadruple monochromator-based fluorescence detection technology for endless flexibility in current and future microplate-based assays. Synergy 4 also includes Fluorescence Intensity, Luminescence, Fluorescence Polarization, Time-Resolved Fluorescence, AlphaScreen® and UV-Visible Absorbance.

Also demonstrated were BioTek’s EL406™ Combination Microplate Washer Dispenser and Precision™ XS Microplate Sample Processor. The automation friendly, multifunctional EL406 combines BioTek’s industry standard ELx405™ Microplate Washer with peristaltic and syringe drive dispensers for washing and dispensing flexibility in 96- and 384-well microplates. Additionally, EL406 models are available to process up to 1536-well microplates, and an optional magnetic bead carrier offers high-strength biomagnetic separation for magnetic bead-based assay protocols. The Precision XS offers four distinct liquid transfer tools in one compact platform.

BioTek’s technical poster presentations at the ELRIG Drug Discovery Symposium include:

• Automation of a Luminescent Assay to Measure UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) Enzyme Activity
• Low Volume Nucleic Acid Quantification Using a Multi-Volume Microplate Spectrophotometer System
• A Simple and Robust Automated Kinase Profiling Platform Using Luminescent ADP Accumulation Technology
• Automation of Luminescence-based CYP Inhibition Assays Using BioTek Instrumentation for Use in Drug Discovery
• Automation of a Multiplexed Cell-based Assay to Measure Simultaneously Inhibition and Induction of the Cytochrome P450 Isoform 3A4 by Small Molecule Compounds

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