SPT Labtech launches 2 new liquid handling platforms at SLAS 2022By Samantha Black, PhD, ScienceBoard editor in chief
February 11, 2022
The firefly features novel dispensing technology to minimize pipette tip use. It uses air-displacement pipetting in the 0.5 to 125 μL range, accommodating a variety of 96- or 384-well-plate formats. The instrument is application-ready, with prevalidated protocols for library preparation kits NEBNext Ultra II DNA, NEBNext Ultra II FS DNA, NEBNext Ultra II RNA, and Illumina DNA Prep. In addition, there is a rolling program of new validated protocols in development, according to SPT Labtech. Furthermore, automated tip loading streamlines time-consuming processes, and flexible column loading makes it easier for researchers to manage partial plates or partitioning of plates.
"We've made the software really intuitive and easy to use. It's a really nice graphical user interface, drag-and-drop workflow," said Paul Lomax, genomics product manager at SPT Labtech, at the event. "So, we really want this to be something that is a walk-up-and-use instrument for anyone in the lab."
SPT Labtech's new apricot DC1 is a compact and accessible automated pipettor featuring a dual-core pipetting head and a 9 + 1 position deck. The apricot DC1 integrates four separate pipetting tools within a single benchtop unit to allow for high-volume and low-volume, single- and multichannel pipetting. The instrument is compatible with a wide range of labware to support many different applications.
In October 2021, the company rolled out a combined portfolio of products incorporating product lines from its 2021 strategic acquisitions of Apricot Designs, a liquid handling instrumentation provider, and BioMicroLab, a specialist in benchtop automation.
The SPT Labtech team debuted the company's combined product offering for the first time at SLAS 2022, including the dragonfly, multichannel, noncontact dispensing-from-positive displacement syringes, and the mosquito, a positive-displacement pipetting solution.
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