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Thermo Fisher Launches Lab Automation Solutions


inSPIRE vertical modular robotic platform designed to integrate multiple instruments in a space-saving solution

Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced new lab automation technologies designed to streamline workflows, optimize productivity, and speed time to results. 
The new Thermo Scientific inSPIRE vertical modular robotic platform is designed to integrate multiple instruments in an easy-to-use, space-saving solution. It aims to provide intuitive control of all integrated systems, both online and offline, and uses the Thermo Scientific Spinnaker XT robot. As a microplate mover with built-in vision capability, Spinnaker XT can identify potential positional issues and take corrective actions to improve sample safety without interrupting the system’s operation, according to the company. The platform operates on Thermo Scientific Momentum software, which enables users to define, execute and monitor multiple workflows through a single interface.
Also, the company introduced the Cytomat SkyLine, designed to address pharma and biopharma high throughput needs. The Cytomat SkyLine microplate storage and sequential delivery device can hold up to 728 microplates and/or lids in 14-stackers.
According to the company, it provides rapid plate access in under 12 seconds, and the built-in plate sequencer is designed to allow for the safe separation and precise centering of labware for optimal transfer placement. Following use, plates can be loaded back into the system and stored at ambient conditions. An optional plate lift device enables up to 150 mm of transfer position range, allowing flexible placement in laboratory automation systems.
Additionally, Thermo Fisher is introducing a series of automated workflow-based solutions. The first in a series of systems is a cell-free DNA (cfDNA) extraction device, which combines the Thermo’s Spinnaker robot, KingFisher Presto purification system and MagMAX Cell-Free DNA Isolation Kit with Analytik Jena’s CyBio FeliX liquid handling system. This solution is configurable and expandable, offering a sample-to-knowledge workflow for next generation sequencing (NGS), reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and capillary electrophoresis (CE) sequencing applications.
“We are excited to integrate our deep knowledge in automation and liquid handling into a complete solution package with Thermo Fisher’s workflow-based solutions for new application areas in the world of Life Sciences,” said Ulrich Krauss, chief executive officer of Analytik Jena.