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Affy Grants Premier Status to Beckman Coulter's ArrayPlex Target Prep Tool

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Beckman Coulter today said it will market its Biomek 3000 ArrayPlex for target RNA preparation to Affymetrix customers after it received Premier Application Status from the chip vendor.
Beckman Coulter said the ArrayPlex is an alternative for Affy customers who are looking for a smaller, less-expensive option for medium- to low-throughput applications.
The ArrayPlex includes automated instruments, software, and protocols for use on the Biomek FX or on the Biomek 3000 laboratory automation workstations.
Affy had previously awarded Premier Status to Beckman Coulter's ArrayPlex application on the high-capacity Biomek FX automated liquid-handling platform.

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