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Thermo Releases the Appliskan Multimode Reader

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Thermo Electron Corporation has launched its Appliskan™ filter-based multimode microplate reader at Biotechnica, in Hannover.

The Appliskan is designed to provide the flexibility to carryout a wide range of microplate assays; from basic absorbance to advanced dual-label FRET and BRET assays.

It can read 6- to 384-well plates and has the added advantage of onboard shaking and incubation.

These, together with the optional dispensers, make the Appliskan the ideal instrument for assay types such as: cytotoxicity, DNA analysis, immunoassays, multiplexing and protein activity, amongst many others.

The Appliskan measures using five key technologies: Luminescence, Absorbance, Fluorescence Intensity, Fluorescence Polarization, and Time-Resolved Fluorescence, with no compromise in detection performance for any technology.

Moreover, the system has multiple measurement modes: multi-wavelength, end point and kinetic, so almost all assay protocols can be carried out with extreme ease on just one instrument.

To further enhance laboratory integration and automation, Appliskan is designed to work with robotic systems such as Thermo’s RapidStak microplate stacker.

The SkanIt Software, used with the Appliskan, provides an intuitive user interface with a steplist functionality, which makes assay setup and instrument control both easy and flexible.

Moreover, the SkanIt Software is designed to provide data handling and report formatting capabilities.