Affymetrix and Beckman Coulter jointly provide automated target preparation solutions

Affymetrix and Beckman Coulter are to offer researchers co-developed products from the market leaders in microarrays and automated liquid handlers. The collaboration will provide scientists with optimised, robust solutions for genomic research, fortified by end-to-end support.

Affymetrix and Beckman Coulter are to offer researchers co-developed products from the market leaders in microarrays and automated liquid handlers. The collaboration will provide scientists with optimised, robust solutions for genomic research, fortified by end-to-end support.

The partnership will yield an expanding list of Affymetrix-validated automated target preparation methods, developed on an Affymetrix-specific configuration of Beckman Coulter's Biomek FXp Dual Arm Multichannel-Span 8 Liquid Handler. This platform will provide researchers with standardised systems that include the components necessary to run Affymetrix genotyping and gene expression assays.

Major benefits of the solution will include the flexibility to process samples using Affymetrix GeneChip arrays or array plates with a single method, user-friendly interfaces, rapid implementation of new methods, a validated platform, elimination of costly mistakes and delivery of high-quality results.

Kevin King, president and ceo of Affymetrix said: These products not only provide a much needed target prep solution for our large installed base of GeneChip array cartridge users, but very importantly, this agreement aligns with our strategic goals to reengineer the Affymetrix platform. With automated target prep robotics in front of our GeneTitan System, our customers will benefit from walk-away automation from prepared samples all the way through array processing and data generation."

Automated target preparation solutions from Affymetrix and Beckman Coulter are for research use only and are not for use in diagnostic procedures. The Biomek FXp Dual Arm Multichannel-Span 8 Liquid Handler is also for lab use and not for diagnostic procedures.

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