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Procognia, Hamilton to Automate Protein Array Production

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (GenomeWeb News) - Proteomics firm Procognia will collaborate with Hamilton Life Science Robotics on automating production of Procognia's functional human protein arrays.

 

Bonaduz, Switzerland-based Hamilton has developed an automated process for handling proteins grown in baculovirus in insect cells, the company said in a statement. The firm's automated process features its Microlab Star liquid-handling workstation, as well as its air-displacement technology and independent tip-positioning system, which enables contamination-free pipetting.

 

Maidenhead, UK-based Procognia said that it is creating human protein arrays that are grown in insect cells, rather than in bacteria, to ensure that the post-translational modifications of the proteins are more similar to those of humans.

 

Terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

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