Instrumentation startup Advalytix of Munich is planning to release its automated sample handling station, the ArrayBooster, at the Euro biochips meeting in Berlin from June 25 to 29. The system, which can handle microarrays, simple tissue samples, and FiSH, is designed to handle “minimal sample volume,” down to 10 to 15 microliters, and has a mixing mechanism that “can reduce the incubation time quite drastically, according to Christoph Gauer, CEO of Advalytix.

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