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AAPPTEC Offers Focus XC Fully Automated Peptide Synthesizer

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AAPPTEC is offering an new fully automated peptide synthesizer, the Focus XC. The Focus XC is a compact, easy to use fully automated peptide synthesizer that will increase laboratory productivity, the company claims.

The system can synthesize one, two, four or six peptides at a time for efficient high throughput synthesis. With 24 amino acid/reagent vessels, the Focus can be set up once and run all day or overnight without additional intervention.

The Focus XC does not require a hood, yet it can prepare peptides in a scale range of 0.01 mM to 2.0 mM.

The Focus XC has 24 amino acid vials with options for 36 or 48 vials. Each vial can be assigned to a single residue in the peptide sequence, which is useful when preparing large quantities of a single peptide, or the vials can be used as stock amino acid containers and accessed multiple times for multiple couplings in multiple peptides.

The Focus XC software allows users to assign amino acids to the vials as needed for the synthesis. If a large amount of one amino acid is needed, it can be assigned more than one vial allowing the Focus XC to complete an entire synthesis unattended without refilling. Optional heating and sonicating modules are available that will assist in preparing long or difficult peptides.

The Focus XC is easy to use with features both novice and experienced peptide chemists will appreciate. All reagent bottles, amino acid vials and reactors are visible and reagent levels can be verified in a glance.

AAPPTEC says that the software has standard Boc and Fmoc protocols or users can develop new chemistries and customized protocols. Its simple command technology makes the Focus XC a learning tool for beginners, but it still has the flexibility for a wide range of chemistry, including synthesis of peptides, organic molecules and DNA.