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Robot Compatible Microplate Sample Concentration

Date Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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Porvair Sciences launches the Ultravap™, a robot compatible high-speed system for concentrating samples in 96 or 384-well microplates.

Targeted to remove the traditional laboratory bottleneck of solvent evaporation from microplates prior to analysis or re-suspension in buffer the Ultravap™ can provide the edge to laboratories looking to optimize microplate sample preparation productivity.

According to Company, for heat sensitive and thermally labile samples the Ultravap™ may be operated in a two-stage mode combining initial dry-down with controlled final solvent evaporation.

Different drying programme can be retained in the memory eliminating the need to set-up the system when changing from one method to another. An RS232 interface allows remote control from a PC or Liquid Handling robot using the provided command set.

The ability to upload and download methods allows the Ultravap™ to be fully integrated into robotic automation systems. Using this facility a robotic arm can be used to move plates in and out of the Ultravap™.

The Ultravap™ has been designed to be simple to install, operate and maintain. Installation requires only connection to a gas supply / cylinder and standard mains socket; safety of operation is ensured as the CE marked compact unit fits into all fume cupboards.

Typical areas that can benefit from the Ultravap™ include drug metabolism, toxicology, pharmacokinetics and bioanalysis laboratories, where solid phase extraction is used to help isolate and analyse compounds from biological matrices.

Additionally systems in lead discovery, medicinal chemistry and combinatorial chemistry departments where target compound samples often have to be concentrated prior to reconstitution in a suitable solvent can also makes productivity gains.

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