Minimizes impact of thaw/refreeze cycle
The SampleSeal instrument from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass, uses automated heat-sealing technology to seal and individualize samples, completing a full rack of 96 or 384 2D-barcoded tubes in less than 1 minute. The system enables low-volume, high-density storage to facilitate single-use sample access for downstream use, minimizing the impact of thaw and refreeze cycles on sample integrity. The foil-sealed tubes can be stored at temperatures from -196°C to 25°C and pierced with manual or automated pipette tips. SampleSeal can be used as a stand-alone benchtop instrument or as part of an integrated system using sample barcode readers and tracking software. The tubes and racks are validated for storage down to the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen, while the sealed tubes are certified by the International Air Transport Association.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
(508) 902-7041; www.thermoscientific.com
High-Throughput Biobanking Tubes
Optimize freezer space
Cryo.s biobanking tubes from Greiner Bio-One, Monroe, NC, offer high-throughput sample storage for automated storage systems. The new tubes are 30% shorter than standard cryo tubes to optimize space in freezers and liquid nitrogen tanks. They are available in volumes of 300 µL, 600 µL, and 1000 µL, and are supplied in ANSI/SLAS 1-2004 standard footprint racks. The tubes and racks are optimized for automated laboratory equipment, such as decappers, liquid handling systems, and automated storage systems. A unique datamatrix code on each tube provides machine-assisted, error-proof identification of each individual sample. Materials include medical-grade polymer with low leachables content and a screw cap with a silicon gasket to enable long-term, low-temperature storage and minimize sample contamination and loss.
(704) 261-7800; www.greinerbioone.com
The LabElite line of benchtop devices from Hamilton Storage Technologies, Franklin, Mass, offers an efficient way to automatically process and track samples while ensuring sample integrity. One of three available models, the LabElite DeCapper decaps and recaps tubes in 48-cryovial or 96-microtube racks. A new feature automatically adjusts the racks from portrait to landscape formats for processing, while a “secure mode” decaps and recaps only one row at a time, minimizing the time a tube is open and eliminating the risk of cross contamination. This feature also enables the rows to be paused for “point-of-use” pipetting between capping and recapping to accommodate manual workflows. The DeCapper can process all common tubes with internal and external thread caps, including Matrix, FluidX, Greiner Bio-One, Micronic, Nunc, and Corning.
Hamilton Storage Technologies
(508) 544-7000; www.hamilton-storage.com
The E1-ClipTip electronic pipette from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass, enables precise sample volumes on every channel with fewer repetitions, and reproducible results for multiple application types. The latest extension of the ClipTip portfolio, the E1 offers interlocking technology that improves sample security. Adjustable tip spacing allows users to transfer multiple samples between different labware formats using one pipette, resulting in 90% less time compared to single-channel manual pipettes. Electronic tip ejection also increases efficiency. A personalized interface and password protection ensures unified operation among users, while preset and step-based matrix operating options deliver optimal function for each application. Users can store up to 20 programs with a unique name and calibration, and a lithium-ion battery and charging stand also provide convenient recharging.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
(508) 902-7041; www.thermoscientific.com
Barcode Label Design Applications
Print standard QR codes
The Labelview 2014 and Codesoft 2014 label design applications from Teklynx International, Whitefish Bay, Wis, enable users to design and print labels, including GS1 standard QR codes. Created for users with moderately complex needs, the mid-level Labelview 2014 application includes improved error detection and a new multiuser form designer that facilitates rapid creation of data entry and printing forms by prepopulating critical information. Codesoft 2014, the company’s more robust solution, includes these enhancements along with a GridField feature for simplified data positioning, a Visual Basic script that enables users to configure software and format text according to industry and government regulations, and integration with Teklynx’s Label Archive and Sentinel systems.
(414) 837-4800; www.teklynx.com
Designed for protein crystallography
EchoTherm vibration-free, chilling incubators from Torrey Pines Scientific, Carlsbad, Calif, are available in two 100-liter models and are designed for protein crystallography and other life science laboratory uses. The IN55 is fully programmable, while the IN50 is simply digital. Both models can be set from 4ºC to 70ºC and feature PID temperature control to ± 0.1°C, digital display to 0.1ºC, and accuracy to ± 0.2ºC. The incubators have an RS232 I/O port for remote control and data collection; a digital timer with hour, minute, and second display; an auto-off feature; temperature ramping on programmable models; and audible alarms. The chamber size is 14 inches wide x 24 inches high x 20 inches deep and comes with eight stainless steel racks, with space available for up to 12. Universal power supplies accept AC line inputs from 100VAC to 265VAC.
Torrey Pines Scientific
(866) 573-9104; www.torreypinesscientific.com
Delivers 14,000 RPM
Designed for applications that use common, disposable conical tubes, the JA-14.50 rotors from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Brea, Calif, can be used in the company’s Avanti J-26S, J-30I, and J-E centrifuges. According to Beckman Coulter, these are the only high-performance rotors capable of spinning 50, 15-, 5-, and 1.5-mL conical tubes and 50, 15- and 10-mL round-bottom tubes and bottles at their maximum speeds. Delivering a top speed of 14,000 rpm and rcf of 35,000 x g, JA-14.50 rotors hold up to 16- x 50-mL conical tubes and maximize the number of 50-mL conical tubes that can be processed in a single run. The fixed-angle rotor is intended for general pelleting of cells, bacteria, and food products; separating proteins, viruses, and subcellular fractions; running concentrators and columns; and for phase separation and binding studies.
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
(800) 742-2345; www.BeckmanCoulter.com
Diagnostic Test Strip Cutter
Process 1,000 strips per minute
The AZCO test strip cutter from AZCO Corp, Fairfield, NJ, enables automatic trimming of diagnostic test sheets into individual strips, reducing waste and tooling costs. Two cutting stations with rotary shear-cut blades divide each diagnostic sheet into 10 cards, and then segment the cards into 50 strips of 6 mm each. The completed sheets then stack in an out-feed tray. An optical eye registration sensor allows for ± 0.006-inch accuracy at a rate of 1,000 strips per minute, while the blades ensure clean cuts and long life. Users can access the operation manual via the operator-friendly color touch screen. Remote support is also available regardless of geographic location.
(973) 439-1428; www.azcocorp.com
Enhanced bezel design for long-distance visibility
The PXU series of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers from Red Lion Controls, York, Pa, enables tighter control over a wide range of processes, including temperature, flow, and pressure, from a single model. Offering 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4 DIN size models, the controllers are now 1 inch shorter to save panel space. An enhanced bezel design includes large, easy-to-ready displays for improved long-distance visibility, while optional RS-485 communications allows integration with PCs, PLCs, and HMIs. The equipment is programmable via front panel push buttons as well as the company’s Crimson configuration software, while on-demand auto-tuning provides easy setup. Universal inputs support thermocouple, RTD, 0 to 10 VDC, and 4 to 20 mA (0 to 50). The controllers meet UL 61010-1 industry standards.
Red Lion Controls
(717) 767-6511; www.redlion.net
A new line of manual pipettes from VistaLab Technologies Inc, Brewster, NY, combines the ergonomic features of the company’s Ovation design with a conventional analog volume-setting capability. The Ovation M offers a contoured shape and adjustable hook that enables neutral forearm and wrist positions during pipetting to prevent muscle stress. The patented tip acquisition and discard system, along with a low-force plunger, requires less effort to operate. Each pipette is factory-calibrated for correct volume delivery and can be adjusted to achieve accurate results for dense and viscous liquids. Six color-coded models are available for precise liquid dispensing from 0.2 µL to 1,000 µL.
(888) 652-6520; www.vistalab.com
Heat and cool samples from 0°C to 105°C
The AccuTherm Shaking Incubator from LabNet, Edison, NJ, is a temperature-controlled lab vortexer using Peltier technology to rapidly heat and cool samples. A control panel with a large color display enables users to program and view temperature, time, and speed settings. Eight interchangeable aluminum blocks accommodate PCR plates and tube sizes from 0.2 mL to 15 mL. The temperature setting ranges from 0°C to 105°C, while mixing speed ranges from 300 to 1,500 RPMs. The system offers a heating time of 6.5°C per minute and cooling time of 1.5°C per minute. The footprint measures 12.9 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches.
(888) 522-6381; www.labnetinternational.com
Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer
Newly registered as medical device
The LCMS-2020 single quadrupole liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer from Shimadzu Corp, Columbia, Md, increases the speed and reliability of HPLC/UHPLC analysis, improving lab productivity. Recently developed Qarray ion optics offer high rates of sensitivity, repeatability, and linearity. New patent-pending technology achieves high ion transmission for rapid, high-resolution scanning at speeds up to 15,000 µ/sec. Very narrow UFLC peaks can now be properly detected in scan mode acquisition. Rapid polarity switching between positive and negative ionization modes via a high-voltage power source also ensures that the sharp peaks of ultra high-speed liquid chromatography won’t be missed. Shimadzu has registered the LCMS-2020 with the FDA as a Class I medical device.
(800) 477-1227; www.ssi.shimadzu.com
Microbial Test films
Color-coded for quick ID
The NeoFilm test platform from Neogen Corp, Lansing, Mich, offers an improved system for obtaining microbial counts, requiring only the inoculation of a fabric sample pad and an incubation period. Following incubation, the sample pad is evaluated for bacterial colony growth. Each film is color-coded to be easily distinguishable, while test types, incubation time, lot number, and the expiration date are printed on each film to enhance efficiency. Each non-woven fabric pad absorbs 1 mL of sample solution and can be stacked immediately after inoculation to preserve bench space. Each test variety incubates at the same time and temperature regardless of the sample. There is no need to define the test window. NeoFilm tests are available for coliforms, E. coli, yeast and mold, Staphylococcus aureus, and aerobic bacteria.
(800) 234-5333; www.neogen.com
Vinyl Blood Pressure Cuffs
Ensure disinfection in critical areas
The latest vinyl blood pressure (BP) cuffs from SunTech Medical, Morrisville, NC, deliver accurate readings while providing an economical alternative to traditional durable cuffs. Designed for short-term use, they work with automated BP monitors in clinical areas such as hospital emergency departments and EMS transport where disinfection is critical. Featuring a tapered end for ease of application and patient comfort, the cuffs also include interior and exterior color-coded indicators to guide proper size selection and ensure BP accuracy. Engineered to meet AHA, AAMI-SP10, and MDD guidelines, SunTech’s cuffs are also latex-free to promote patient safety.
(800) 421-8626; www.suntechmed.com
Chembio to reclaim marketing rights
Effective June 3, the HIV 1/2 Stat-Pak assay formerly available in the United States from Alere will be sold by Chembio Diagnostics, Medford, NY, following termination of the companies’ US distribution agreement. The single-use, immunochromatagraphic test is used to detect antibodies to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) and Type 2 (HIV-2) in finger-stick whole blood, venous whole blood, serum, and plasma specimens. The Stat-Pak is FDA-approved and CLIA-waived for whole blood, requires a sample volume of 5.0 µL, and produces results in 15 minutes. The test offers a greater than 99.7% sensitivity and 99.9% specificity, along with a shelf life of 24 months from the date of manufacture.
(844) 243-6246; www.chembio.com
FDA-Cleared Glucose Control
Lyophilized for stability and longevity
Recently cleared by FDA, the Acusera HbA1c control from Randox Laboratories, Kearneysville, WVa, is designed for use in the quality control of HbA1c and total hemoglobin assays. Assayed instrument and method-specific target values and ranges are provided for all major systems and methods, including HPLC. The Acusera HbA1c control is 100% human whole blood, lyophilized for enhanced stability and longevity. The control helps minimize matrix effects, reducing lot-to-lot variations between batches. When reconstituted, it remains stable for 4 weeks at 2°C to 8°C. The Acusera HbA1c is available in levels 1 and 2, along with a calibrator. All Randox controls are true third-party controls, designed to be compatible for use on any analyzer.
(866) 472-6369; www.randox.com
Portable Hemoglobin Analyzer
Suitable for use in the developing world
The Stat-Site M Hgb strip-based test from EKF Diagnostics, Boerne, Tex, enables rapid hemoglobin analysis for anemia determination. The maintenance-free, pocket-sized device delivers hemoglobin analysis results within 30 seconds from 15 µL of finger-stick whole blood. On-screen instructions minimize training time and improve ease of use. The Stat-Site M Hgb’s durability and portability make it especially suited for blood screening programs in the developing world, but it is also appropriate for settings in which operators are mobile. Using one 3V Li-type battery for every 1,000 tests and with an operating temperature range of 16°C to 35°C, the analyzer is ideal for field use.
(800) 531-5535; www.ekfdiagnostics.com
Metastatic Cancer Assays
Rebranded genomic-based tests
The bioT3 Metastatic Cancer Solution, a rebranded suite of cancer assays from bioTheranostics, San Diego, offers a series of genomic-based tests that provide personalized diagnostic information and therapeutic guidance for metastatic cancer patients across the continuum of care. The CancerType ID molecular classifier enables diagnosis of tumor type and subtype and is supported by clinical evidence confirming its diagnostic accuracy, clinical utility, and impact on patient outcomes. CancerTarget ID, previously marketed as Precis Precision Medicine, offers tumor-specific biomarker profiles for selection of on-label targeted therapies. CancerTreatment ID, the newest product, combines next-generation sequencing and multi-platform predictive biomarkers to analyze 50 cancer-related genes for mutations that may be driving tumor growth.
(877) 886-6739; www.biotheranostics.com
Corticosteroids Reference Materials
Biomarkers of pain
Cerilliant, Round Rock, Tex, has introduced four Certified Spiking Solutions of the corticosteroids pregnenolone, 17?-hydroxypregnenolone, cortisone, and 11-deoxycorticosterone at concentrations of 100 µg/mL in methanol. These hormones have been shown to serve as biomarkers of pain and as indicators of abnormal hormone production. While the analysis of hormones and other small molecules for neonatal screening by LC-MS/MS is well established, pain management clinics are increasingly using LC-MS/MS methods to quantify pregnenolone, 17?-hydroxypregnenolone, cortisone, and other hormones in patient serum. Suitable for preparation of calibrators, controls, and linearity standards, each spiking solution offers laboratories improved efficiency of labor and convenience of use.
(800) 848-7837; www.cerilliant.com
Prevent vancomycin-resistant colonization
The IMDx VanR for Abbott m2000 assay from IMDx, Waltham, Mass, has been approved for sale and distribution in Canada and Singapore. Previously FDA-cleared and CE-marked, the assay uses polymerase chain reaction for the qualitative detection of vanA and vanB genes that can be associated with Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) from human stool samples or from peri-rectal or rectal swabs. It is intended for use as an aid to identify, prevent, and control Vancomycin-resistant colonization in healthcare settings. The Abbott m2000 offers flexible sample preparation options of 24, 48, 72, or 96 samples per run, while quick sample preparation reduces operator time and increases throughput. The IMDx VanR for Abbott m2000 assay is distributed by Abbott Molecular.
(224) 361-7800; www.abbottmolecular.com
(617) 871-6405; www.intelligentmdx.com