Biocare Medical, a provider in the immunohistochemistry sector, introduced the new Antigen Retrieval Chamber (ARC) to its automation portfolio, advancing its suite of decloaking systems built for consistent, reliable heat-induced epitope retrieval, the company says.

Tailored for Heat-Induced Epitope Retrieval (HIER) with in vitro diagnostic (IVD) labeling, ARC aims to deliver precision and consistency. Recognizing the need for accurate heat, pressure, and buffer solutions, ARC supports reliable immunohistochemistry (IHC) and in situ hybridization (ISH) staining. ARC can incubate up to 72 standard slides or 27 double wide slides per batch, adjusting from 60 – 121 celsius.

Designed to streamline and standardize antibody staining, ARC meets laboratory safety standards and quality control requirements with onboard memory. ARC is designed to ensure accurate time, temperature, and pressure – each category each being carefully monitored and recorded, ensuring consistent staining results, Biocare says.

Additional Features of the ARC System

ARC also boasts a user-friendly touch screen interface, facilitating easy navigation through its feature-set. Users can select six pre-set protocols or design custom protocols as needed. Temperature can be programmed in 1 celsius intervals and time settings can be tailored down to hours, minutes, and seconds, ensuring a fully customizable experience for laboratory professionals.

ARC introduces an industry exclusive feature – the ability to hold up to 27 double wide slides enabling larger tissues. Standard and double wide slide carriers allow end users maximum flexibility for a variety of tissue types and sizes. ARC slide carriers are custom crafted for unparalleled durability, ensuring endurance at higher HIER temperatures required by laboratories.

Availability and Support

Labeled for IVD use, ARC is now available for purchase in the U.S. and select international markets. Customers can expect comprehensive training and support from Biocare Medical’s dedicated customer care teams.

Further reading: Biocare Medical Unveils IVD Staining Platform