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SAW Instruments Expands Presence in the US

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Islay Campbell, who has previously worked in Pharma at EMD Serono, has significant experience in the field of protein binding analysis gained while working for ForteBIO. Ms Campbell will provide a local US-based point of contact for potential new and current customers interested in utilising SAW’s innovative sam® range of biosensors. This single platform represents a step-change for biosensors by accurately measuring protein-protein interactions, protein small molecule interactions, protein conformational changes and antibody kinetics using living cells. To help researchers realise the advantages offered by the SAW approach, Miss Campbell will provide local support by way of demonstrations, installation, system-training and on-going application advice.

Managing Director of SAW Instruments, Dr Markus Perpeet, said: “Since the recent US launch of sam®X at the IBC Antibody Engineering meeting in San Diego last December, we have seen significant interest from a number of US companies and institutes in the breadth and unique range of applications afforded by this technology. To meet this growing demand, and to provide these customers with easy and rapid access to our world-class technical expertise and support, we have expanded our team to include a dedicated Field Application Scientist based in the US.” The new hire is part of SAW’s ongoing expansion, which already includes offering sam® systems in Asian markets via distributors, as well as continued growth in Europe.

The sam® range of biosensors utilise SAW’s proprietary Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology, which allows users to investigate protein binding kinetics in real time and without the need for protein labelling. This means results are more biologically relevant and are produced in a fraction of the time taken to generate data using equilibrium methods. Unlike the optical signals used in surface plasmon resonance, the acoustic waves utilised by sam® systems are not significantly affected by the transparency or complexity of the material flowing over the sensor chip, meaning that time-consuming and expensive protein purification steps can often be omitted.

SAW offers three different sam® biosensor systems, each optimised to meet specific user requirements:

sam®X: Automation and high-throughput
-    Optimised for label-free kinetics on cells
-    Eight sensors on two sensor chips

sam®5 GREEN: Precision, reliability and reproducibility
-    Five sensors on one chip
-    Pre-coated disposable sensor chips designed to cope with the quality demands of both methods development and routine assays
-    Used for ongoing development studies by growing biotech companies

sam®5 BLUE: Flexibility and cost-effectiveness
-    Easy to use and cost-effective to run
-    Five sensors on one chip
-    Re-coatable chips
-    Ideal for academic researchers requiring maximum flexibility across a diverse group of users