NEW YORK, Jan 29 - GeneMachines of San Carlos, Calif., announced Monday the release of a new benchtop, low-density microarrayer designed to allow researchers to make customized microarrays.
The OmniGrid Accent prints from three-microtiter plates onto a 50-slide capacity platform and supports a print head that can hold up to 48 pins. The Accent has center-to-center spot distances adjustable in 2.5-micron increments and can print more than 4,000 features per slide in one hour at full capacity.
The price of the Accent was not immediately available, but a company spokeswoman said the price was “very competitive.”
“The Accent will enable more individual researchers to bring affordable microarray technology to the benchtops of their labs,” Jacques Fayet-Faber, microarray program manager at GeneMachines, said in a statement.
GeneMachines is also developing GeneSuite, a product line of instruments, reagents, and consumables for DNA sample preparation and functional analysis.