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Cell Biosciences this week launched the NanoPro 100 system and FluorChem E Digital Darkroom.

The NanoPro 100 is a benchtop version of the NanoPro CB 1000, which was launched a year ago (PM 04/16/09). The NanoPro 100 offers the same analytical capability as the CB 1000 but is designed for lower-throughput laboratories and individual investigators, Cell Biosciences said in a statement.

The system sells for under $100,000.

The FluroChem E Digital Darkroom is the first of Cell Biosciences' next-generation imaging products, the company said, and incorporates state-of-the-art CCD technology and intuitive touch-screen control "for effortless analysis of chemiluminescent, colorimetric, and UV-fluorescent samples." The instrument, it added, "sets a new standard" for high-performance chemiluminescent Western blot and gel imaging.


Proteome Software this week released Scaffold 3.0 for MS/MS visualization and validation.

The software's new SF3 file format allows for "faster data access and unlimited file scalability," the company said in a statement. Its new Venn diagram functionality makes advanced filtering and navigation quick and easy, Proteome Software added, and new statistical techniques improve identification rates with high mass accuracy data.


TTP LabTech this week launched the Mirrorball, a high sensitivity laser scanning microplate cytometer for antibody discovery.

The instrument is available in three upgradeable configurations, with the highest specification offering dual laser excitation, 488 nm and 640 nm, four fluorescence channels and a single laser scatter channel.

Mirrorball's laser scatter channel enables label-free object recognition independent of fluorescence, "which can be combined with concurrent collection of fluorescence data for even greater sensitivity in multiplexed assays," TTP LabTech said in a statement.

The Scan

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