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New Digital Reagent Dispensers Facilitate Assay Miniaturization and Increased Throughput

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Scientists working across drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, bioanalytical, pre-clinical and clinical trial applications can now access a range of digital reagent dispensers designed to enable assay miniaturization, boost productivity and improve the accuracy of results. Offering enhanced dispensing precision, the new systems use ten times less reagent compared to manual pipetting workflows, enabling significant cost and waste reductions.

The new Thermo Scientific Multidrop Pico 1 and Pico 8 Digital Dispensers will be exhibited at the SLAS 2020 International Conference and Exhibition, being held on January 27–29, at Booth #1105 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.

The precise dispensing capability of the Multidrop Pico 1 and Pico 8 aims to minimize expensive reagent loss and the need for re-runs, resulting in cost savings, improved result reproducibility and increased laboratory throughput. In addition, the systems minimize the human error potential and repetitive strain injuries typically associated with manual pipetting processes. Designed to dispense reagent volumes between 11 pico-liters (pL) to 200 micro-liters (µL) in any well, the Multidrop Pico 1 and Pico 8 are designed to meet the requirements of a broad array of low-volume applications, including quantitative polymerase chain reactions (qPCR), dose-response curves, drug screening assays, serial dilutions, genotyping reactions and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays.

Featuring disposable, non-contact dispensing heads, the Multidrop Pico 1 and Pico 8 aim to eliminate carryover, protecting sample integrity and further optimizing the accuracy of the generated data. The systems operate on an easy-to-use software platform with application-focused wizards and a highlighted loading guide, which allow for quick plate set-up and operation.