BMG LABTECH Launches the New PHERAstar FS – The Next Generation HTS Microplate Reader
16 Jan 2009

BMG LABTECH, the world leader in microplate reader technology, launches the new top of the line HTS plate reader, the PHERAstar FS. It is based on the successful PHERAstar Plus and incorporates the following new features: Tandem Technology, which uses highly sensitive, Filter based detection in all modes and an industry first, ultra-fast UV/Vis Spectrometer; on-board reagent injectors for precise kinetic measurements; advanced bottom reading for cell-based assays; and a dedicated UV-laser for all TR-FRET based assays. To learn more about this exciting new reader visit us at booth 456 at Lab Automation 2009.

The PHERAstar FS performs all of the leading non-radioactive detection technologies, including fluorescence intensity, fluorescence polarization, time-resolved fluorescence / TR-FRET, laser-based AlphaScreen®, luminescence / BRET, and UV/Vis full spectrum absorbance. The PHERAstar FS achieves advanced performance in all reading modes, including HTRF® / TR-FRET, through an innovative lens-based optical system. This system is combined with a unique technology that ensures the optimal use of different mode-specific PMTs and excitation sources. In addition, BMG LABTECH readers are the only ones on the market that can capture TR-FRET decay curves in real-time for assay optimization. For HTS automation purposes, the PHERAstar FS is easily integrated into numerous robotic platforms or it can be equipped with BMG LABTECH's 50 plate Stacker II.

The PHERAstar FS is driven by BMG LABTECH’s well-known Reader Control software and data evaluation is performed by BMG’s exclusive Microplate Analysis and Reduction Software, MARS. The MARS Wizard creates an easy step-by-step calculation of a standard curve and the MARS Template Manager is an excellent tool for building complex data processing protocols. Thus, user-defined data analysis is one mouse click away. Enhanced robotic integration capabilities, digital signature, and the 21 CFR part 11 compliance of MARS complete this software package, making the PHERAstar FS the HTS reader of choice. Information about all BMG LABTECH´s microplate readers can be found by clicking on the link to the company article page.

AlphaScreen is a registered trademark of PerkinElmer, Inc.
HTRF is a registered trademark of Cisbio International.

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