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Sir Edwin Southern, Elizabeth Hutt, Elizabeth Davila, Anne Kopf-Sill, Eric Eisenstadt and others.


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Microarray pioneer Sir Edwin Southern, of the University of Oxford, has received the Albert Lasker Award in Clinical Research for the development of the Southern blotting method.

The awards are named annually by the Lasker Foundation, which recognizes achievements in basic and clinical research.

NuGen Technologies has appointed Elizabeth Hutt chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1. She replaces Elizabeth Davila, who will remain a member of the company's board of directors.

Hutt, previously NuGen's vice president of commercial operations, will "lead the company in the development and commercialization of its ... nucleic acid amplification and detection technologies," the firm said last week.

As part of the changes, Anne Kopf-Sill, vice president of product development, has been promoted to senior vice president of product development and operations.

Prior to joining NuGen, Hutt was vice president of sales and service for North America and Pacific Rim at Tripos. She has held US and European sales management positions with Affymetrix. She holds a BA in chemistry from Michigan State University and an MS in business administration from Central Michigan University.

The Institute for Genomic Research has tapped Eric Eisenstadt as vice president for research libraries, the lab said last week. Eisenstadt, whose background is in microbial physiology and genetics, will help TIGR "increasingly participate in the development and application of new tools to capture and analyze microbial genomes isolated directly from complex mixtures of organisms in ecological systems, such as the human gut, soil, or marine habitats."

He comes to TIGR from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Defense Sciences Office, where he was a program manager, and, before that, the Office of Naval Research's Biological Science and Technology Division.

New Product Watch

GenTel BioSurfaces last week launched PATH HTS, a new slide that is compatible with a 96-well platform for parallel analysis of multiplex immunoassays. The company announced the launch at IBC's Chips to Hits conference in Boston.

PATH HTS is manufactured using nitrocellulose technology, which GenTel claims is ideal for protein microarrays.

Greiner Bio-One last week introduced its HTA Plate, a polymer based platform for high throughput microarrays.

Current plate chemistries from Greiner include 3D Matrices for ionic (amino) and covalent (aldehyde) surfaces, which can be used for protein, oligonucleotide, and DNA binding.

Specialized buffer systems, co-developed with Scienion, are also being offered as companion products for processing and hybridization, Greiner said.

Affymetrix has awarded Beckman Coulter's ArrayPlex system for automated target RNA preparation with the label Premier Application Status, which will enable Beckman Coulter to market and support ArrayPlex to the Affymetrix customer base, the companies announced last week.

The ArrayPlex application includes automated instrumentation, software and protocols on the Biomek FX Liquid Handling Workstation.

Full Moon BioSystems last week launched its Microarray QC Kit, which the company intends for checking the quality of home-made arrays and/or commercial arrays prior to hybridization, to quantify printed DNA, or to verify the quality of targets and probes.

Specifically, the QC kit allows users to assess array quality: spot morphology, consistency and attachment and verify target and probe quality to enhance hybridization effectiveness, Full Moon said.

Innopsys last week launched its InnoScan700 microarray scanner for reading the results of fluorescence-based microarray experiments.

Tecan recently launched its HS 400 and HS 4800 hybridization stations for performing automated microarray processing on slides.

Tecan said the HS 400 is ideal for small-to-medium laboratories, while the HS 4800 offers higher capacity for more demanding throughput requirements. Both can be used for in situ hybridization with DNA and protein microarrays, according to Tecan.

Topspin, a Danish microarray spotting-pin maker, recently launched its first two products, the TP22 and TP38.

The TP22 is 22 mm in length, while the TP38 is 38 mm in length. Topspin's pins are made in silicon and use a closed reservoir to enable a larger sample uptake, the company said. They said both pins are designed to fit standard pin holders.

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