Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Labcyte, U of Helsinki Extend Collaboration

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Labcyte today announced it has extended its collaboration with the University of Helsinki's Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) to use the firm's Echo liquid handling technology for personalized oncology.

Under the terms of the collaboration, FIMM's High Throughput Biomedicine Unit will test the firm's latest liquid handlers in genomic and proteomic applications downstream of drug sensitivity testing, and incorporate the technology into a range of workflows including high-content screening, reverse-phase protein arrays, next-generation sequencing, RNA sequencing, gene expression analysis, and genotyping.

Labcyte's acoustic liquid handling technology uses sound waves to transfer reagents, providing faster and more accurate results than traditional methods, the firm said in a statement.

"The Echo liquid handlers have been essential to pushing forward with multiple programs at FIMM, the biggest being our personalized cancer treatment program, which is totally reliant on having acoustic dispensers," said Krister Wennerberg, head of the High Throughput Biomedicine Unit at FIMM, said in a statement.

Labcyte's collaboration with FIMM for personalized medicine applications began in 2013.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.