Caliper Life Sciences Introduces Zephyr Genomics Workstation for Automated Liquid Handling
Product News Jan 28, 2009
Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. has launched the Zephyr Genomics Workstation (GW), an automation solution for molecular biology applications.
The inclusion of pre-installed methods for reagent kits from numerous suppliers have been developed to enable first-time automation users to improve quality, consistency, throughput, and return on investment, thereby removing critical sample preparation bottlenecks in workflows for next generation sequencing, microRNA analysis, genotyping, and gene expression studies.
"With the substantial increase in the number of analyses being conducted in genomics laboratories, sample preparation has become a critical workflow bottleneck," said Isaac Meek, Genomics Marketing Manager, Caliper Life Sciences.
"The Zephyr Genomics Workstation is a cost effective entry point solution that addresses the growing customer need for automated molecular biology applications. This new workstation complements our LabChip GX system, which performs fast, automated 1-D electrophoretic separations of nucleic acid samples. Caliper also offers Sciclone, Twister, and Staccato liquid handling and integrated system solutions for higher throughput and more advanced genomics applications, such as next generation sequencing library preparation and microarray sample processing," Meek added.
The Zephyr Genomics Workstation includes pre-installed methods for automating many widely used nucleic acid purification chemistries, as well as standard Caliper methods for routine applications such as PCR setup and sample normalization.
Consistent with Caliper's vendor-neutral ACES (Automation, Consulting, Engineering, and Services) business, Caliper will continue to work with external partners to develop best-in-class methods and expand the library of offerings for the Zephyr Genomics Workstation platform.
The system also includes several features to minimize common errors and simplify operation such as a graphical user interface (GUI), partial tip loading, and an ultrasonic detector. The GUI guides the user through method selection and proper deck setup, eliminating many of the common errors associated with high-throughput processing.
Utilizing the Zephyr's partial tip loading capability, the instrument can process as few as 8 and as many as 96 samples simultaneously. The ultrasonic detector can provide contact-free liquid level sensing and reduces the potential for cross contamination.