Molecular Devices introduces new benchtop reader for kinetic cell-based
26 Sept 2006
Sunnyvale, Calif., USA. Molecular Devices Corporation (NASDAQ:MDCC) , has
introduced the FlexStation 3, its next-generation multi-detection benchtop
reader with fluidics. FlexStation 3 is based on Molecular Devices' popular
SpectraMax M5 multi-detection system with the addition of liquid handling.
The system was developed for use in research, assay development and lead
optimization environments to address applications for researchers performing
assay development and small-scale screens.
FlexStation 3 addresses a wide variety of assays that require liquid
handling, including fast kinetic assays such as calcium mobilization or dual
luciferase reporter gene, as well as traditional endpoint or slow kinetic
assays requiring automation liquid transfer prior to plate reading.
The system uses an 8- or 16-channel pipettor head to transfer reagents
from 96 or 384 distinct wells of a source plate to a read plate,
simultaneously. Direct transfer reduces reagent consumption and allows more
assay conditions to be explored in a single microplate, making the system
more amenable to agonist and antagonist assay formats. In addition, with
integrated pipetting, researchers can adjust dispense parameters to optimize
the assay's robustness, such as accommodating cells with different adherence
characteristics or adjusting dispense speed to provide adequate mixing.
Jennifer McKie, Director of Marketing at Molecular Devices, commented,
"The FlexStation 3 next-generation system is an improved version of our
FlexStation II instrument, and is based on the proven optics of our powerful
SpectraMax M5 multi-detection reader. FlexStation 3 will address more
applications in different modes, particularly fast luminescence and
absorbance assays. The system also has increased reliability since the 8-
and 16-channel pipettor heads are more accurately aligned to the tip racks,
enabling customers to more reliably and easily change pipettor heads." McKie
continued, "In addition, disposable tips minimize carry-over between plates
and experiments, as well as making the system easy to clean."