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Amnis, Amaxa

Amnis this week announced the release of the “Turbo” upgrade for its flagship ImageStream flow-based imaging system.
According to Amnis, the upgrade provides a three- to five-fold increase in data collection speed, a more than two-fold increase in sensitivity, and extensive engineering changes that have improved the system’s reliability. Amnis also said that it made a number of modifications to the IDEAS and INSPIRE software packages used to operate the platform.
The Turbo upgrade is now standard on all ImageStream systems, and the company is providing the upgrade at no charge to existing customers “in recognition of their early support for the technology.” Amnis expects to have every system upgraded by the end of this year, it said.

Amaxa this week launched its Nucleofector 96-well Shuttle system for DNA or siRNA transfection into cells. The new product is a high-throughput version of the Nucleofector platform, which was able to perform one transfection at a time in single cuvettes. The company said that DNA and siRNA can be delivered using the same protocol, and that libraries may be pre-plated and stored in disposable Nucleocuvette modules, which can then be used in the 96-well array.
Last month, Amaxa said that it had signed a deal with Fisher Biosciences unit Dharmacon to co-promote the Nucleofector 96-well Shuttle system with Dharmacon’s siRNA reagents (see CBA News, 6/9/2006).

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