Thermo Electron Corporation has announced the purchase of its HCS WorkCell by the Molecular Libraries Screening Center (MLSC) at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
The MLSC builds on Emory’s recently established Emory Chemistry-Biology Center for Drug Discovery.
The center will utilize the HCS WorkCell to screen libraries of small molecule compounds against cells or proteins identified as playing key roles in disease processes.
Using biochemical and cell-based assays, Emory University’s MLSC aims to single-out compounds for therapeutic intervention and use as research tools.
As a complete screening platform the HCS WorkCell is designed to incorporate sample preparation, scheduled analysis and efficient data collection in one turnkey solution.
Thermo has worked closely with Emory to configure a complete system that integrates three plate readers, a cell hotel incubator, robotic liquid handler, plate washer and ancillary instruments.
These are linked together by Thermo’s vertical robot that minimizes the footprint of the system.
The HCS WorkCell should double the laboratory’s throughput and will provide the flexibility to accommodate the wide range of assay types carried out in their screening program.
Christopher McNary, Vice President & General Manager Laboratory Automation Solutions for Thermo stated, "We are delighted that the HCS WorkCell has been chosen by such a prestigious institute."
"Our team has worked closely with the researchers at Emory to optimize the HCS WorkCell for their specific applications so that they can gather and analyze data faster and more effectively."
Launched at Lab Automation, 2006, the HCS WorkCell is a high-throughput screening system designed for cell-based analysis and for use with multiple assay types.