TAP Biosystems' microplate hotel improves process efficiency

It is compatible with LiCONIC incubator-based screening systems

The SelecT unloading plate incubator

TAP Biosystems, a UK supplier of cell culture systems and consumables for life science applications, has added a microplate hotel for use with its CompacT SelecT automated cell culture system to its portfolio.

The plate hotel is compatible with plate incubators from LiCONIC, a developer of instruments based in Liechtenstein, and allows users to transfer entire stacks of plates between the CompacT SelecT and LiCONiC incubator-based screening systems, thus saving time and improving efficiency.

Dr Dave Thomas, Product Manager at TAP Biosystems, said: 'Our integrated plate incubator on CompacT SelecT has always supported the use of the Kendro-compatible hotels and made the transfer of plates between the CompacT SelecT and Cytomat incubators a convenient process for our users.

'Recently, with the choice of cell types and assays increasing, a wider range of screening systems are being used in the screening workflow. Previously, this meant that users of LiCONiC incubators on their screening platforms had to unload individual plates manually from the CompacT SelecT incubator and transfer them to their screening system.

'This operation of unloading and reloading plates can take up to an hour and there is always a risk of dropping a plate or putting it back incorrectly. With these new LiCONiC-compatible plate hotels, users can now transfer entire hotels between systems in a fraction of the time thereby dramatically increasing the efficiency of the operation.'

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