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New transilluminators with blue light LEDs


New transilluminators with blue light LEDs

The Biometra GmbH, a company of the Analytik Jena AG, now offers illuminators with high-performance blue light LEDs for gel documentation purposes.

Blue light transilluminators are a quite interesting alternative to UV tables as there is no risk of sample damage during illumination. This is important when samples shall be processed furthermore after gel documentation. Users also benefit from it as there is no risk of UV exposure. Blue light excitation is applicable for fluorescent dyes for nucleic acid or protein stains with excitation wavelength around 470 nm. Examples for compatible stains are: SYBR® Green, GelGreenTM, SYBR® Safe, SYBR® Gold or SYPRO® Ruby. The amber lid of the instrument allows the direct view to the fluorescent samples. There is no need for separate glasses. 
The new blue light illuminators are available in two versions: "BLstar 9", the handy solution for mini gels and "BLstar 16" for gels up to size of 16 cm x 20 cm.

Contact information:

Hanna Engelhardt

Media Relations Life Science

Tel: +49 36 41 77-73 55

Fax: +49 36 41 77-92 79



AMSBIO announces the introduction of CloneCatcher™ Gold DH5G Electrocompent E. coli cells - a new product that exhibits extremely high electroporation efficiencies.


The new product exhibits extremely high electroporation efficiencies that approach the theoretical maximum of 3.4 x 1011 cfu/µg pUC19 DNA. Transferring exogenous DNA into E. coli is a standard laboratory method for cloning genes and constructing cDNA, genomic and epitope libraries. The limiting factor in many library-screening efforts or multiple fragment ligations is the efficiency by which DNA can be introduced into E. coli. Electroporation is one method to efficiently introduce DNA into E. coli.

CloneCatcher™ Gold cells meet the needs of scientists that are seeking to find rare clones or are building complex or metagenomic libraries. CloneCatcher™ Gold significantly outperforms all other commercially available Electrocompetent Cells when introducing ligated DNA. When the amount of input DNA is limited, CloneCatcher Gold enhances your likelihood of success.

CloneCatcher™ Gold requires less topoisomerase-loaded vector and therefore can reduce your overall operating costs. Supplied in convenient single-use tubes - CloneCatcher™ Gold can also enhance your productivity as the whole protocol for use takes only 10 minutes.

For further information on CloneCatcher™ Gold please visit our Website.

Contact Information:

AMS Biotechnology (AMSBIO)

184 Milton Park

Oxon OX14 4SE


Tel: +44-1235-828200

Fax: +44-1235-820482


At this year’s Achema, Eppendorf and the DASGIP Information and Process Technology GmbH presented for the first time the new DASbox single-use vessel for parallel bioprocessing.


The development of the DASbox single-use vessel reinforces the strong synergy that benefits both DASGIP and the Eppendorf AG, which acquired the bioprocessing specialist this past January. “Within a very short time we were able to combine the long-standing competency of the Eppendorf AG in the field of plastics technology with our bioreactor expertise, which led to a new product”, explains Dr. Matthias Arnold, member of DASGIP management and head of the development department. 

The DASbox single-use vessel is the first single-use bioreactor which was developed for the DASGIP Parallel Bioreactor Systems. As a fully instrumented mini bioreactor with a working volume of 60-250 ml, it was constructed specifically for use in combination with the DASGIP DASbox mini bioreactor system. Especially with cell culture users in mind, the advantages of single-use technology are combined with the benefits of parallel cultivation and the full functionality of industrial bioreactors. All critical process parameters such as pH, soluble oxygen and optical density can be monitored and controlled using industry standard probes. 

Integrated dip tubes allow for controlled addition of liquids, sampling, as well as fully massflow controlled gas supply. The magnet coupled stirrer is only one of the examples for the uncompromising sterile technology of this single-use bioreactor.  A special feature of the DASbox single-use vessel is the novel, liquid-free Peltier element temperature control and condensation. This innovation, which enables, amongst others, efficient liquid condensation from the exhaust air, represents a further milestone in the transfer of the requirements of classic bioreactor technology to single-use technology.

The DASbox single-use vessel accelerates bioprocess development. The small working volumes save precious cell material and media, and extensive cleaning and sterilization procedures are superfluous. Less time is required for installation of the bioreactor, and cross contaminations are virtually excluded. Parallel cultivation under precisely controlled conditions delivers reliable results, fast. Further, the comprehensive software functions of DASGIP DASware allow user friendly and detailed capture, saving, analysis and management of resulting data.

For more information: 


Dr. Oliver Franz

Phone: +49 40 53 801 801


Claudia M. Hüther-Franken

Phone: +49 2461 980 119

Beckman Coulter

Automated RNA Sequencing Service from Beckman Coulter Genomics

Provides Fast, High Quality Results.

Beckman Coulter

HiSeq* and Biomek platforms support a complete RNA-Seq solution  

High throughput end-to-end RNA-Seq Service from Beckman Coulter Genomics includes customized project design, automated Illumina* TruSeq* RNA-Seq library construction and flexible, multiplexed sequencing on the Illumina HiSeq platform.  Downstream bioinformatics analysis options include primary data analysis, differential gene expression, splice variant analysis, gene fusion identification and rare transcript identification. 

The new automated library construction process uses Illumina TruSeq RNA sample preparation kits in conjunction with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences’ Biomek* liquid handling platforms. Libraries show consistent size distribution and sequencing data is reproducible, showing good correlation with the published industry standard.

Total RNA from multiple species – including mammalian, plant and yeast samples – has been validated using the automated process.  The scalable, high throughput service allows processing from one to hundreds of samples without compromising quality. 

“Automated processing of RNA-Seq using the Biomek platform provides high quality data, and accommodates projects from small to large,” said Bernhard Spiess, vice president of sales and marketing, Beckman Coulter Genomics.  “We are very pleased with this enhanced service and the ability to provide scientists with reliable, reproducible results in a timely manner.” 

Technical experts in the company’s genomics services group utilize extensive experience to provide highly reliable data.  Typical turnaround time is four to seven weeks after sample receipt. For more information about this service, please visit

* All trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Beckman Coulter, the stylized logo and Biomek are registered trademarks of Beckman Coulter, Inc.

Contact Information:

Hillary Hunter

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences Public Relations

Tel: +1 714 961 5620


Sartorius Stedim Biotech presents the new system FlexAct® that enables you to custom- configure single-use solutions for entire biomanufacturing steps.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech

FlexAct® is a new system that enables you to custom- configure single-use solutions for entire biomanufacturing steps. The FlexAct® system consists of the central opera- ting module that offers the widest variety of configuration options so you can take complete control of practically any steps in upstream and downstream processing.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech presents the FlexAct® BP for buffer preparation. Next in line are media preparation (MP), cell harvest (CH), UF | DF crossflow (UD), virus removal (Vr), virus inactivation (VI), polishing (PO), form | fill (FF) and form | transfer (FT).

The core of FlexAct®, the central operating module (COM), has been designed to be used in any application. This means you can quickly reconfigure FlexAct® in just a few easy steps. For example, take the FlexAct® BP for buffer preparation and effortlessly convert it into FlexAct® VR for virus removal.

And it goes without saying that the technologies and products used in FlexAct® are scalable. This makes FlexAct® a future-proof system in every respect; one that gives you the greatest possible flexibility.


Dominic Grone

Group Corporate Communications

Sartorius AG





Analytik Jena

The new generation Biometra thermal cycler – the high-performance thermal cycler for DNA amplification by PCR.

Analytik Jena


  • Six different sample blocks: including a 96-well silver block as high-end variant
  • Powerful control electronics: aluminum block with superior heating and cooling rates as achieved in instruments with silver block
  • Fastest Ramping, Highest Accuracy and Intelligent Block/Well Control (RAC): high temperature uniformity and maximum reproducibility, no over- or undershooting of the programmed target temperature
  • Optional with gradient: simple optimization of new primer pairs
  • Linear Gradient Tool (LGT): exact adjustment of the gradient temperature profile
  • High Performance Smart Lid Technology (HPSL): fast heating, constant contact pressure and easy use
  • Quick Block Exchange System: easy, fast exchange of sample blocks
  • Whisper Quiet Technology: particularly quiet operation with a maximum noise level of 45 dB
  • Intuitive software: graphical programming and Easy Spreasheet Programming
  • Multi Step Programming: easy creation of PCR protocols during programming without the need to toggle between different windows
  • Advanced User Management (AUM): flexible user management with individual assignment of user rights for single users
  • User Specific Quick Start: no tedious searching of already used PCR programs due to the combination of Quick Start and Program Preview
  • Extended Self Test: automatic system diagnosis and documentation of PCR runs
  • Comfortable 7 inch color touch display
  • USB and Ethernet port
  • Protocol Wizard: Automatic creation of PCR protocols with few inputs


Dana Schmidt, Press

Tel: +49 36 41 77-92 81, Fax: +49 36 41 77-99 88,


PromoKine’s plant-derived cytokines and growth factors are free of animal components, serum traces, and antibiotics.


Growing importance of fields like stem cell research require cytokines and growth factors produced in a safe host organism that prevent the occurrence of unwanted cellular responses caused by high endotoxin levels and other bacterial or mammalian impurities. Many commercially available cytokines and growth factors have endotoxin levels and other impurities high enough to seriously affect cellular processes like proliferation or differentiation.

PromoKine’s plant-derived cytokines and growth factors are free of animal components, serum traces, and antibiotics. They are also free of human, animal or bacterial infectious agents and have an endotoxin content typically 20-times lower than proteins produced in E. coli. Thus, they avoid problems caused by too high endotoxin levels and improve critical applications, e.g. in stem cell research.


PromoCell GmbH

Phone: +49 6221 649 34 0

ForteBio - a division of Pall Life Sciences

ForteBio announced the launch of the Octet® HTX system, the new flagship member of the Octet line of label-free interaction analysis systems.

ForteBio - a division of Pall Life Sciences

ForteBio, a division of Pall Life Sciences and a leading supplier of instrumentation for accelerated drug discovery and development, today announced the launch of the Octet® HTX system, the new flagship member of the Octet line of label-free interaction analysis systems. The Octet HTX system addresses the acute industry need for increased analysis speed and sample throughput when characterizing large numbers of therapeutic candidates.

Octet systems provide unique insights into drug-target binding interactions, insights that are used to fine-tune the affinity and specificity of drug molecules. The Octet HTX instrument performs kinetic analysis of up to 96 binding interactions simultaneously, a capability offered by no other stand-alone label-free platform. The system offers dramatic time savings for researchers studying large panels of drug candidates, and provides innovative data analysis tools for developers of monoclonal antibodies and other biotherapeutic entities. In addition, the Octet HTX performs full 96-well plate determinations of protein concentrations in as little as 2 minutes.

“The need for higher analytical throughput is a central theme with our pharmaceutical and biopharm customers,” noted Robert Wicke, General Manager at Pall’s ForteBio Division. “We believe researchers will be delighted by the Octet HTX system. The HTX system was engineered for speed while maintaining peak performance, and will directly address critical bottlenecks in the drug development process.”

The Octet HTX system was unveiled today at the BioProcess International 2013 conference in Boston, Mass.

Gemma Milan

Phone 1-650-289-6800

Mettler Toledo

The ProdX software provides seamless integration of product inspection devices making processes more streamlined, more accessible and more efficient.

Mettler Toledo

Seamless Integration of Product Inspection Devices

Whatever your role in product inspection management, you will have plenty of challenges to face in marketplaces that increasingly demand more for less.

ProdX Inspect data management software provides seamless integration of product inspection devices making processes more streamlined, more accessible and more efficient. ProdX allows you to control your entire product inspection management process from a single point or from multiple remote locations, eliminating the need for time-consuming production line patrols.

ProdX Savings Calculator

Calculate your time savings potential with ProdX

This Calculator runs through all costs involved in the setup and data collection processes. It calculates the amount you could save per year by comparing the time requirement of manual processes and the automated data collection process this software offers. 

ProdX Quality Management & AssuranceThe innovative ProdX software automatically collects the critical inspection process data you need in one convenient location significantly reducing the need to interact directly with the Critical Control Points on your factory floor. This saves time and effort enabling quality operatives to focus on other issues.

ProdX Production Process Managment

ProdX allows you to control your entire product inspection management process from a single point or from multiple remote locations, eliminating the need for time-consuming production line patrols.

For further information please click here.

PromoCell GmbH

PromoKine is now adding more than 200 new ELISA kits for target molecules which play integral roles in cell signaling research.

PromoCell GmbH

PromoKine currently offers ~400 ELISA kits for detecting and quantifying the "free" forms of human, mouse, rat, monkey and pig cytokines, growth factors and other cell biology target molecules in cell culture supernatants, plasma, serum and other body fluids.  Some can even be used with tissue lysates! Our ready-to-use ELISA kits are very convenient, including a user-friendly and easy-to-follow protocol along with all the necessary components to perform a highly sensitive, reliable and reproducible ELISA.

In addition, we also provide cost-effective ELISA Development Kits containing all required reagents to assay your target protein/peptide in ten 96-well microtiter plates (approximately 1,000 assays per kit).

PromoKine is now adding more than 200 new ELISA kits for target molecules which play integral roles in cell signaling research; such as diverse interleukins, FGFs, CD markers, BMPs, MIPs, MMPs and MCPs as well as Activin A, beta-NGF, Cardiotrophin, Lymphotactin, Oncostatin M, Insulin and several other hormones. We also have launched a new line of Cell-based Phosphorylation ELISAs.

Along with this, we are extending our comprehensive product line of recombinant cytokines, growth factors, soluble receptors, hormones and other proteins/peptides involved in cell signaling as well as our wide range of antibodies against these molecules.

Test our new ELISAs and get one of our highly coveted t-shirts for free. See our current promotion at

More Information: 

PromoCell GmbH

Sickingenstrasse 63/65

69126 Heidelberg

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific releases new small benchtop centrifuge, which provides scientists with outstanding capacity in a compact design.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has launched a new small benchtop centrifuge to meet clinical and research needs alike.

“Centrifuges are in constant use and demand so preventing downtime and bottlenecks is crucial,” said Maurizio Merli, product director, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “With features designed for simplicity, safety and flexibility, the new small benchtop centrifuges can help scientists save time and maximize resources.”

The new centrifuges provide:

  • Application flexibility, convenient cleaning and ease-of-use with Thermo Scientific Auto-Lock rotor exchange
  • Versatility to spin blood tubes, conical tubes, microtubes and microplate compatibility with sealing options
  • One-handed sample protection with Thermo Scientific ClickSeal biocontainment lids, certified by the Public Health Laboratory Service in Porton Down
  • Intuitive glove and detergent-friendly interface with a bright display, one-touch operation with pre-set protocol options and optional password protection

More information:

Phone +44 870 609 9203

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