Issue Date: August 27, 2007
Beckman introduces integrated robotics
(1) Beckman Coulter has announced its integrated industrial robotics solutions for high-throughput pharmaceutical and biotech applications. The Motoman HP3JC Robot, manufactured by Yaskawa Electric, is the heart of the system and can be customized to include various Beckman liquid handlers and detectors. "A good number of pharmaceutical and biotech customers are graduating from using islands of automation to full-process automation, which requires the integration of many devices at a high-throughput . . .
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Companies expand DNA microarray collaborations
Illumina will collaborate with three partners to develop a customized genotyping array for diagnosing vascular diseases. It is working with the Institute of Translational Medicine & Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania, the Broad Institute, and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute's Candidate-gene Association Resource Consortium. The microarray will include more than 55,000 single-nucleotide polymorphisms, or genetic changes, in about 2,100 genes believed to underpin vascular disease processes, such as blood pressure, myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, insulin resistance, metabolic disorders, dyslipidemia (changes in lipid levels), and inflammation. At the work's completion, more than 120,000 samples from large population studies and clinical trials will be analyzed for genetic links to vascular disease. Separately, the Department of Defense has awarded a one-year, $2.2 million contract to CombiMatrix to further develop its semiconductor-based microarray technology for detecting multiple pathogens and chemical agents. It uses chip-based electrochemical detection rather than less portable, more expensive, and more complex optical methods.
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