Dynex Technologies Inc, Chantilly, Va, announced it has finalized a supply agreement with TECHLAB Inc, Blacksburg, Va, allowing TECHLAB to utilize Dynex’s Gold SmartKit™ packaging for their ELISA product line. TECHLAB Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes ELISA and rapid non-invasive intestinal diagnostics in the areas of intestinal inflammation, antibiotic associated diarrhea, and parasitology. This agreement now allows TECHLAB to use the Dynex Gold SmartKit concept, creating enhanced ease-of-use, time, and cost savings with compatible automated ELISA processors, including the new Dynex Agility™ microplate automation system.

Gold SmartKit ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kit packaging is a simple, direct-load solution to front-end preparation that reduces technician time and the potential for costly data entry errors. Gold SmartKit packaging includes four main components: the consumable bottles of a reagent manufacturers’ ELISA kit, a 2D barcode with lot-specific assay information, a carrier for holding reagent bottles, and a cap holder for reagent bottle caps. Once caps are removed and stored in the cap holder, the Gold SmartKit is placed directly into a compatible open system for testing.

Agility is a new fully automated ELISA microplate testing system manufactured by Dynex. Robotic processing delivers precision while eliminating nearly all manual steps. Agility allows up to 16 SmartKits to be stored on the instrument and up to 12 different full-plate assays to be processed within its flexible worklist scheduler.

TECHLAB plans to begin offering TECHLAB ELISA products in SmartKit format in the 1st quarter of 2013 through their distribution partner Alere.